National Collegiate Honors Council


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Published in Honors in Practice: A Publication of the National Collegiate Honors Council, Volume 11 (2015)


Copyright © 2015 by the National Collegiate Honors Council.


In any honors program, the freshman seminar is designed to introduce incoming students to the rigors of collegiate honors study. According to the National Collegiate Honors Council, an honors course ought to have objectives of developing: (1) “effective written communication skills”; (2) “effective oral communication skills”; (3) the “ability to analyze and synthesize a broad range of material”; (4) an understanding of academic and creative processes; and (5) independent and critical thinking (“Honors Course Design,” 2014). The Marymount University Honors Program’s honors freshman seminar (Honors 101) is no exception; its objectives follow many of the concepts outlined by NCHC alongside an interdisciplinary approach that supports the variety of majors represented in the incoming class.