Hill Scholars - Core Curriculum

The Hill Scholars Program is a selective admission, honors cohort program for entering first-year college students. The cohort includes a group of about 20 students who take two or more honors courses together each semester. Hill Scholars take a core grouping of challenging honors courses designed specifically for the program, but take courses for their individual majors separately.

The core curriculum comprises seven General Education courses that apply to all learning programs. Core courses include English, Literature, History, Philosophy, Interdisciplinary Fine Arts, Anthropology and Psychology. Hill Scholars take two of the designated honors courses and a one-credit honors seminar each semester for four consecutive semesters. Throughout the program, Hill Scholars participate in co-curricular activities that support the common elements of the program outside of the college and in the community. In addition to the Hill Scholars core curriculum, each student takes other courses required by his or her specific learning program. For example, all learning programs require math and science core courses; however, the specific math or science course chosen is based on the requirements of the specific learning program or major.

English Composition and Literature
Arts and Humanities
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Emerging Issues

During each term in the program, the cohort group will take two honors courses as well as the Honors Seminar course. Students also take courses specific to their major outside of the honors program. The courses that the students take during the program are listed below. 

ANTH 201H - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology is the study of American culture and its social institutions utilizing an anthropological perspective and methodology. Topics include an examination of the patterns of American culture as an integrated, functional and holistic explanation of culture traits including language, arts, religion, human ecology, global connections and influence, political structure, economic patterns, technology and culture change. Particular emphasis will be given to problems of multiculturalism and diversity within the U.S. population. Content is based on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Prerequisite: exemption/completion ENGL-101. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Diversity/World View. General Education Course.

DVTY-115 - Diversity In The U.S.: Living in a Multicultural Society, examines cultural diversity in America from an interdisciplinary perspective, focusing on the relationship between dominant society and minority groups. These groups include not only racial and ethnic groups, but others disadvantaged by gender, sexual orientation, religion, age and disability. While the primary disciplinary perspective of the course is sociological, the course integrates other social sciences (anthropology, economics and political science), as well as the humanities (arts, literature, history, and religion/philosophy). The course uses readings, discussion, case studies and class presentations to address issues that affect minority groups in contemporary American society. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours

ENGL 101H - College Writing develops critical reading, thinking, and writing skills. Students will use the writing process to compose academic essays that support a thesis statement, use Standard English, including proper punctuation and sentence structure, and conduct and document academic research, culminating in at least one researched-based essay. Students will compile Part 1 of a writing portfolio that will be evaluated as the final examination. In addition, students will spend an hour per week outside of the classroom engaged in Expression Workshop activities, which include student-teacher conferences, writing seminars, and online instruction in sentence-level skills. Four hours lecture each week. Three credits. Four billable hours. 

ENGL 102H - Writing About Literature  provides a program in critical reading and interpretive writing. Students will build on rhetorical and research skills developed in English 101 by critically reading literature from three genres, writing analytical and interpretative essays, and conducting and documenting academic research, culminating in at least one research essay. Students will also study the principles of three literary types (fiction, poetry, and drama) by reading and analyzing examples of each. Throughout the course, students will compile Part 2 of their writing portfolios, which will be evaluated as the final examination.  Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours.

HIST 106H - History of the United States From 1876 is a survey of the major forces in American life from the Reconstruction Period to modern times. Particular emphasis is placed upon the development of contemporary economic and social institutions. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits.

SPCH-101 - Introduction to Speech Communication is designed to provide a foundation for theories focusing specifically in relational, group, public, and cultural communication contexts. Students will engage in communication theory and practice focusing on interpersonal, small group, and public speaking skills. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours.

PSYC 101H - General Psychology introduces the principles and methods of psychology and examines the dynamic factors which influence behavior, including biological determinants, personality, intelligence, perceptual processes, and learning. Adjustment and interpersonal relationships are covered. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits.

Seminar Series - Hill Scholars will enroll in a series of one credit seminars (Honors 101, Honors 102, Honors 201, Honors 202) during each of their four semesters in the Hill Scholars Program.  Seminars include themes focused on areas of service learning, teamwork and professional/civic leadership, personal/career development and transfer preparation and opportunities for study abroad. 

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