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Director: Rev. John Ranieri, Ph.D.
Administrative Assistant: Maisie Mountcastle
The University Honors Program is an intellectually lively, interdisciplinary program in the liberal arts. At the heart of the program is a series of four six-credit courses that follow and explore the story of human civilization and thought from the ancient world until today. The Honors Program is global in scope and interdisciplinary in method. It includes the study of history, world literature, philosophy, religion, theology, economics, political science, and other aspects of the social, behavioral, and natural sciences. In addition to western civilization and thought, the program gives serious attention to Chinese and Islamic civilization. Participation in the program is open to students from every school within the University and – with the exception of the dual-degree program in Physical Therapy -- can be combined with any major program.
During the first two years of this certificate program, students meet twice a week for two and a half hours and complete the four Honors Colloquia:
|Colloquium on Ancient World
|Colloquium-Middle Age Renaiss
|Colloquium-Early Modern World
|Coll - Contemp Civilizations
These colloquia are taught in small discussion sections, with two faculty members in each.
Students who complete the four colloquia satisfy the following University Core requirements:
|Journey of Transformation
|Christianity and Cult in Dial.
|Core English I
|Core English II
The colloquia also satisfy various college core curriculum requirements, which may be found at http://blogs.shu.edu/honors/honors-advising/.
During the third year, students will complete a 3000 CORE course (Engaging the World) and another advanced course (3000 level or above). Students are encouraged to choose this advanced level course in light of their possible project/thesis topics. By the end of their third year, Honors students are expected to submit a completed proposal for their projects/theses to the Honors Program. Once the proposal has been approved, the student completes the project/thesis in collaboration with a faculty mentor.
In order to continue in the Honors Program and to receive the Certificate of the Honors Program at its completion, students should maintain a 3.0 average in their Honors courses as well as an overall 3.0 average.
The Honors Program provides a coordinated liberal arts concentration for outstanding students of all schools and majors at Seton Hall University. The Certificate of the Honors Program demonstrates the completion of a broad interdisciplinary education. In addition to coursework, the Honors Program provides opportunities for students to attend concerts and other cultural events in the metropolitan area. The colloquia also include class visits to museums and galleries in the New York area. During their freshman year, resident Honors students live together in the residence halls. Honors students and faculty form a community that lasts throughout a student’s career at Seton Hall University and often beyond.
The works of the ancient world as well as the growth of Christianity are discussed and debated. Studies include the religion, literature, philosophy, art and politics of the ancient Near East, Greece and Rome, Africa and Asia.
The growth and expansion of Christianity and Islam and their interactions with Judaism and the culture of the Greco-Roman world-religious views predominate. The rebirth of the classical traditions invigorates the growth of science and the creation of modern philosophy, politics, art and culture. The age of global exploration begins.
The great advances of science and geographic expansion continue; during the Age of Reason and the Enlightenment, modern philosophy, literature, politics and the social sciences emerge. Global trade, commerce and settlements grow as European cultures expand their hegemony.
Industrialization, urbanization, popular movements and world wars catapult peoples, nations, and cultures into interactions on a global scale.
Italy enjoys a pre-eminence as a spiritual center for the Christian world alongside its importance in the development of Western civilization's art, music, architecture and political thought. The course will examine the interplay between Italy's profound spiritual heritage and cultural achievements, focusing on the contributions of such key figures as the Apostles Peter and Paul, Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi, Saint Catherine of Siena and Saint Ignatius of Loyola. This course is part of Catholic Studies' foreign study tour program.
See the Honors Program Website at http://blogs.shu.edu/honors/ and its links for further information on faculty, courses, syllabi and other particulars.
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