About the Honors Program
The Honors Program provides access to a number of opportunities designed to enhance the college experience, including:
- Specialized courses
- Independent research
- Social and cultural events both on and off campus
- Financial assistance for active members
- A group of like-minded peers with whom to interact socially and intellectually
The Honors Curriculum
Students in the Peake Honors Program are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above. They are also required to complete the following program of study:
Honors seminars are small, discussion-oriented courses with a more rigorous reading, writing, and speaking component than average courses. The classes usually revolve around specialized topics and are often interdiscinplinary in nature. Students are required to complete 3 courses, only 1 of which can be in the student’s major. Recent Honors course offerings have included:
- Plants that Changed the World
- London in Literature
- American Slavery
- The Morality of Capitalism
- Newsreal: the forces and factors that shape news media production
- The Year 1968
- Race, Class, and Gender in Latin America
The Honors Program provides off-campus excursions to explore cultural sites throughout the Southeast. Recent trips include the Jamestown 400th Anniversary Exhibits, a Dead Sea Scroll Exhibition, the Biltmore Estate, the Atlanta Aquarium, and Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. Students may also attend a variety of on-campus events–lectures, plays, musical performances, etc.–designed to broaden their understanding of and appreciation for a wide range of arts and sciences. Participation in 8 approved events (or 2 per year) over the course of one’s academic career is required.
Recent capstone projects have:
- investigated the role (and motives) of women in contemporary terrorist organizations.
- shown how the plant pathogen Ergot has influenced the course of Western civilization through its role in the Black Death, the Great Awakening, and the French Revolution.
- argued that antebellum black spirituals contain a covert rhetoric of independence that functioned to provide strength and guidance to the enslaved.
Capstone Alternative Projects:
- reflective journal kept during a study abroad experience at Oxford University.
- scientific analysis of an algae bloom in an on-campus lake (with treatment recommendations).
- composition of an original Minnesang (a genre of medieval German poetry), including an English translation and explanatory notes.