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Honors Colloquium

Honors Colloquium

What is the Honors Colloquium?

The Honors Colloquium, Honors 250, is a 5-credit interdisciplinary seminar, offered each spring quarter at 8 a.m. daily. In the Colloquium, students focus on the study topic designated by the International Honors Society of the Two Year College. The 2009 and 2010 theme is "The Paradox of Affluence." See the PTK study guide.

In Honors 250, the professor maps out the first two weeks of the course and orders two books to get discussion started, but students and the professor develop the rest of the syllabus together as the quarter unfolds, based on the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Topic Study Guide. They choose books, videos, websites, articles, etc., to explore together.

Each student in the Colloquium goes into depth on two topics of his/her choice and shares what he/she learns with the group, both in a presentation and in a written seminar paper, PowerPoint, or website. Also, as a group, the Colloquium students choose a service project and carry it out together during the quarter.

Below, you can find the first and final versions of the the Spring 2009 Honors 250 syllabus on the 2009 and 2010 PTK theme, "The Paradox of Affluence," as well as the spring 2007 first and final versions of the 2000-08 theme, "Gold, Gods, and Glory." The 2011-12 study topic theme will be announced in 2010. (The following are .doc files.)

George Nielsen prepares to demonstrate Tesla Coil
George Nielsen prepares to demonstrate Tesla Coil
Arielle Allard Tests Tesla Coil
Arielle Allard tests Tesla Coil
Ayla Lewis presenting A Tale of Two Cities: Seattle and Mumbai
Ayla Lewis presenting A Tale of Two Cities: Seattle and Mumbai
Spring 2009 Hon 250 readings: students' choices
Spring 2009 Hon 250 readings: students' choices
Kate Cushman presenting on the credit crisis
Kate Cushman presenting on the credit crisis.
Lori Taylor and Tess Obenauf listening to Kate's presentation
Lori Taylor and Tess Obenauf listening to Kate's presentation.