Oct 22, 2021  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Academic 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 ThinkingStudents 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 ThinkingStudents 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

In the “Academic at Albion” section of this catalog, the College’s core curriculum is described. Parts II and III of this curriculum requires that all students take a course that will introduce them to each of the following five Modes of Inquiry and four Categories:

Modes of Inquiry:

  1. Textual Analysis
  2. Artistic Creation and Analysis
  3. Scientific Analysis
  4. Modeling and Analysis
  5. Historical and Cultural Analysis


  1. Environmental Studies
  2. Ethnicity Studies
  3. Gender Studies
  4. Global Studies

Since each Honors course fulfills a Modes of Inquiry or Category requirement of the College’s core curriculum, Honors students can satisfy as many as four of this nine-course requirement with Honors classes. Additionally, Honors students can satisfy part of the College’s distribution requirement (one fine arts course, two humanities courses, two science courses and two social science courses) by taking Honors seminars.

Students take four Honors courses, one from each of the four divisions of the College.

All courses to meet the Honors core must be taken for a numerical grade.

To guide Honors students in their selection of Great Issues courses, the following numbering system is used:


For example, HSP 154H would be a Great Issues in Social Science seminar that satisfies the Modeling and Analysis Mode; HSP 126H would be a Great Issues in Science seminar that satisfies the Environmental Studies Category.


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