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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Honors Program

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Faculty and Staff

Carrie Booth Walling, associate director, Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program; professor of Political Science.
B.A., Michigan State University; MScEcon, University of Wales, Aberystwyth; M.A, University of Minnesota; Ph.D., University of Minnesota.

Joseph W. Ho, Associate Director, Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program; Assistant Professor of History.  B.A. in History (Honors with Highest Distinction) from the University of California, San Diego, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Renee Kreger, assistant director, Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program and Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity.


Although they are not separated from the campus at large, students in the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program do enroll in four unique Honors seminar courses in their first three years. Great Issues in Science, Humanities, Social Science and Fine Arts all explore topics of current interest through the use of classical and contemporary readings. Through their small size, discussion format and emphasis on critical thinking and writing, these special courses encourage students to value ideas and to play active roles in their own intellectual development. They also fulfill the special core curriculum for Honors students.

Admission—Students must be admitted to the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program. Visit the program’s website for admission requirements and information on the application process.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Written and Oral Communication Skills - students will be able to demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Analytic Skills - Students will be able to analyze and respond to scholarly arguments.
  • Creative Thinking - Students will be able to synthesize ideas that cross disciplinary boundaries in creative or novel ways.
  • Critical Thinking - Students will be able to design analytic arguments based on relevant evidence.
  • Interdisciplinary Thinking - Students will be able to evaluate complex issues using an interdisciplinary perspective.

For Thesis Work

  • Students will be able to construct an original research project based on methods of inquiry within their specific field. 

Program Requirements  

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