Every first-year Honors College student takes the Honors College Forum, a truly interdisciplinary common mission course focused on key issues and challenges defining twenty-first century life: health and wellness, creative expression, citizenship and leadership, cultures and diversity, and sustainability and innovation. Students act in the role of “innovation citizens,” engaging in forums and critical discussions, while alternating between distinguished plenary guest speakers and small workshop sections. The sections are organized around interdisciplinary project-based teams, each working for an entire semester to develop and present a detailed plan for a change-making product, service, or initiative. The Forum teaches students how to use their knowledge and interests to make global change with social purpose, celebrating the vital contributions made from all disciplines. Students are required to take the Honors College Forum in their first year in either their first or second semester.
Teams committed to implementing their projects may be considered for a more advanced Honors College Innovation Lab, where they receive support and resources toward the development, refinement, and launching of their enterprise.
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