Carolyn M. Small Honors Program
Handbook (PDF) | Program Requirements | Option Course Form (PDF)
2. To engage students in the development of a sense of coherence between intellectual realms, founded in a traditional liberal education and the real world.
3. To promote the development of a sensitivity to the diverse cultures of the world and an understanding of the complexity of world interdependence.
4. To model innovative ways to teach and learn.
5. To promote for Honors students the kind of support and camaraderie that contributes to a successful college experience.
DC's honors program allows you to enrich your education through academic challenges that are supported by an active cohort of peers and faculty mentors. The honors program is committed to providing you with a support system that will promote strong academics and offer a variety of experiential learning opportunities.
DC HONORS ADVANTAGE
Thematic Seminars (Freshman/Sophomores)
Thematic seminars introduce the exploration of concepts across disciplines and give students the ability to engage in inquiry, both in and out of the classroom. Specific courses will go to Chicago using The Chicago Center for weekend immersions.
Honors Option Courses (Juniors/Seniors)
Athletic training: Compiling a Comprehensive Study Guide for Board of Certification Athletic Training exam
Criminal justice: Research on the Correlation between Law Enforcement Sponsored Self-Defense Classes and Youth/Gang Crime Rates
Education: Developing Pedagogy to Engage Learners in Ecology, Specifically Habitats and Extinction
History: Exploring a Contemporary Policy Issue by Writing Legislative Policy
Molecular biology: Literature Research on Spinal Muscle Atrophy and Possible Cures through Gene Therapy
Religious studies: Exploring the 'Why' of Monotheism in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Social work: Identifying the Characteristics of Inclusive Communities for People with Autism Spectrum Disorder
You can work with your professors to develop honors courses that build academic knowledge, skills, and experience in courses you choose. These courses allow for greater opportunities for one-on-one student and faculty interaction. Honors option courses are designated on a student's transcript.
As an honors student, you have the option of participating in priority registration to secure the classes that you want for each semester.
Discussions and Debates
You will attend monthly meetings hosting various speakers, films, and/or debates focused on current issues. These are open to all honors students for an exchange of ideas.
You will have the opportunity to experience various cultures and the arts by attending theater/musical performances and participating in our annual international tea.
The honors student executive committee empowers students to take leadership roles as they collaborate with the honors director to design programming and events.
Conferences & Symposia
The honors program further enhances professional skill development by supporting students to present at national conferences and campus symposia. Additionally, honors students may choose to partner with faculty members on research and other experiential learning opportunities.
Graduating Honors Students
Short biographies of all graduating members of the Carolyn M. Small Honors Program will be featured in the commencement program to recognize their achievements during their time at DC.
Mary Ann Studer
Dean of the McMaster School
Director of the Carolyn M. Small Honors Program