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1 The Integral Honors Program at Le Moyne College

2 A program of academic excellence… “The Integral Honors Program is one of the major academic strengths of Le Moyne College, and it offers students in all disciplines the opportunity to strive for academic excellence in the humanities. ” (Excerpt from the Le Moyne College Strategic Plan, 2005) “The Integral Honors Degree is the highest degree offered by Le Moyne College.” (Le Moyne College Catalog 2006-07)

3 Emphasis on interdisciplinary studies Connections, intersections, and common ground Expanding perspectives in an historical context Personal, and awareness of others Local/regional Geopolitical/national Global…and beyond…

4 So what is the Honors Program?? A series of courses designed to stimulate intellectual growth, to challenge and reward excellence, to give students ownership of learning, and to foster the synthesis of knowledge

5 A View Toward Excellence  Challenge of new ideas and perspectives  Excitement of learning  Creativity and thinking outside the box  Self-discovery and personal growth  Friendship and community

6 What does the Integral Honors Program offer for students? An interdisciplinary “whole picture” approach to learning Emphasis on critical reading and analysis, critical thinking, and communication Seminar-type classes, team-taught by an excellent and caring faculty A strong sense of community, promoted by extracurricular social events and trips The opportunity to do original research: the Senior Thesis research project

7 Benefits of participating… Personal academic achievement Research -> contribution to knowledge –Often results in publication –Helpful for graduate/professional school admission –Competitiveness for fellowships/scholarships Course overload benefit Library privileges Use of the Honors House Le Moyne’s most prestigious degree

8 The Integral Honors Sequence HON 101 (The Ancient and Medieval Worlds) – 6 credits HON 201 (The Rise of Modernity) – 6 credits HON 202 (The Modern World) – 6 credits HON 309 (Approaches to Knowing) – 3 credits HON 401 (The Contemporary World) or 402 (The World of the Other) – 3 credits HON 480 (Honors Thesis Project) – 3 credits

9 College Core Sequence for Honors Students ENG 100 – 3 credits ENG 300 – 3 credits PHL 301, 302, or 303 – 3 credits REL 301-399 – 3 credits HST 101 or 103 – 3 credits BIO, CHM, or PHS – 3 credits ANT, SOC, PSY, ECO, PSC, or EDU – 3 credits* the remaining Core courses (21 hours) are replaced by Honors courses * may vary depending on major

10 A Typical Honors Course Sequence Freshman fall:Freshman spring: History 101 or 103 (3)Honors 101 (6) Sophomore fall:Sophomore spring: Honors 201 (6)Honors 202 (6) Junior fall:Junior spring: None(study abroad?)Honors 309 (3) Senior fall:Senior spring: Honors 401 (3)Thesis defense Honors 480 (3) Freshman fall:Freshman spring: History 101 or 103 (3)Honors 101 (6) Sophomore fall:Sophomore spring: Honors 201 (6)Honors 202 (6) Junior fall:Junior spring: None(study abroad?)Honors 309 (3) Senior fall:Senior spring: Honors 401 (3)Thesis defense Honors 480 (3)

11 The Honors Program is PEOPLE! A dedicated and caring faculty who share their expertise and give of themselves to students… Honors 401 class in New York City Drs. Phil Novak and Shawn Ward

12 At Tikal Making a poster presentation …and students eager to push themselves, accept challenges, and help others. Doing research

13 AJCU Conference Denver, Colorado, Feb. 14-17, 2008

14 Honors 402 - opportunity to study abroad Tikal Antigua Guatemala

15 Integral Honors Theses, 2007 “Ayn Rand”s Objectivist Epistemology and the Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics” - Adam Lemke “Secret Codes and Quantum Computation” - Patrick O’Brien “Health Insurance as a Barrier to Providing Care” - Megan Oberle “The Effects of Animal-Assisted Therapy on the Communication of Individuals with Disabilities: An Exploratory Study of Equine and Dolphin-Assisted Therapy” - Emily O’Hara “Integration of Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Conventional Medicine for the Treatment of Diabetes” - Michelle Grasek “Interest Rates, The Yield Curve, and The Future: Why 2004-2006 is Different” - Nicole Toukatly “Women Entrepreneurs in Small Business: A Conceptualization” - Alise Usher “A Change in Western Political Philosophy and the Suppression of the Jesuits” - Adam Zaremba “Ecotourism as an Investment for the Future: Successful Sustainable Development” - Kylie Zirbel “Ramifications of Musical Training and Gender on Brain Function” - Justine Parmele “Effectiveness of Federal Emission Standards in Improving Environmental Quality: A Case Study of the Adirondacks” - Joseph Becker

16 Integral Honors Theses, 2008 “Thousands of Miles Away and Across More than One Sea: Coke’s Illicit Acts in India and the Demand for the Ethic of Care” - Bridget Buyea "A Comparative Analysis of the Rwanda and Darfur Genocides” - Dana Chambers “Alternative Courts: A Case Study of Domestic Violence Courts in Onondaga County” - Jennie Colabelli “Consumer Psychology and the Weight Loss Phenomenon: A Study of Weight Loss Supplement Usage among Faculty, Staff, and Students” - Katherine Conroy “Lung and Alveolar Mechanics: A Study of Respiratory Diseases and Potential Therapies” - Stephanie Livermore “An Examination of the Prevalence of Compulsive Exercise Tendencies Among Le Moyne College Students” - Valerie Nielsen “An Examination of the Relationship between Mental Illness and Criminal Activity in a Sample of Onondaga County Offenders: A Diathesis-Stress Approach” - Sara Stebner “’Kill the Indian to Save the Man’: The Reality of the Native American Boarding School Experience“ - Megan Young

17 Honors Faculty - from all Disciplines HON 101 through 202, primarily: English History Philosophy Religious Studies HON 309, 401, 402: Any discipline HON 480 Thesis: Any discipline Faculty in many disciplines also give guest lectures and guide off-campus explorations.

18 The Physical Setting “Home” for the Integral Honors Program is the Honors House, a residence across the street from the main campus. It has been recently renovated to include two classrooms, two computer areas, the Director’s office, another office, and a functional kitchen and living room. For security, students have swipe card access.

19 How do students join the Program? Presidential Scholars - acceptance into the program upon application Dean’s Scholars - acceptance into the program upon application Other students - by application with faculty recommendations, reviewed by an Honors Committee of faculty and one student The majority join the program as freshmen; sophomores may also be accepted.

20 Academic standards for the program Overall, GPA of 3.25 Honors courses, grade of B or higher The Director has discretion to place students on program probation Students may withdraw from the program upon submission of a signed withdrawal form

21 Program activities include: sponsored lectures, both on campus and in the Syracuse area social activities, such as: – dinner for new students – holiday party trips, as part of courses or to Honors conferences or other conferences other student-organized activities

22 So…. if you want to challenge yourself, rise to new heights, explore new vistas, make new connections, and broaden your perspectives, make close and lasting friendships, more deeply value the intellectual life, and make ready for a lifelong journey of exploration and service, consider Le Moyne’s Integral Honors Program!

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