Carolyn M. Small Honors Program

Handbook (PDF)  |  Program Requirements  |  Option Course Form (PDF)
1. To provide opportunities beyond the curriculum of the College that support academic excellence and intentional learning experiences.

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.


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)

Accounting: Comparing Standardization with German and U.S. Accounting Systems

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.

Priority Registration

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.

Cultural Experiences

You will have the opportunity to experience various cultures and the arts by attending theater/musical performances and participating in our annual international tea.

Student Governance

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.


Brett Decker
Director of the Carolyn M. Small Honors Program

Mary Ann Studer
Dean of the McMaster School
Director of the Carolyn M. Small Honors Program

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