Name: Linda Coach-Riley
Phone: 713.313.7458
Email: coach_lf@tsu.edu

PROGRESSION IN THE HONORS COLLEGE

The curriculum in the Thomas F. Freeman Honors College includes the orientation of students to the College, the introduction of them to its themes and skills in General Education courses, the incorporation of the themes and skills in advanced courses inside and outside their majors, and the incorporation of the themes and skills in projects at the ends of their programs of study.  These themes, skills, courses, project and related activities, go beyond the preparation non-Honors majors receive, especially for participation in age of the global.

Progression for Full Program Scholars

YEAR 1

In their first semester in the freshman year, students must take the special Honors section of FS 102, Freshman Seminar, which introduces them to the academy, university, and College, and especially, the major themes in the College: Interdisciplinarity; Ethics/Aesthetics/Philosophy; and Local/National/Global.

In that first semester, they also take ENG 131, and may take SC 135 or SC 136, to focus on Interdisciplinarity. 

In second semester in the freshman year, students take ENG 132 to continue their focus on Interdisciplinarity.  They may take SC 135 or SC 136 for a focus on Interdisciplinarity if they did not take it in the first semester.

YEAR 2

In the first semester of the sophomore year, students take CS 116 for an introduction to the application of computers in research, reports, presentations, multimedia and the Web.

They also take HIST 231 and POLI 231 for the Local/National/­Glo­bal theme, and may take MUSI 239, ART 135, or ENG 230, 231, 235 or 244, for a focus on the Ethics/Aes­thetics/Philosophy theme.

In the second semester of the sophomore year, students take CS 116 for an introduction to the application of computers in research, presentations and multimedia if they have not done so.

They also may take HIST 232, POLI 232 for the continuation of the focus on the Local/­National/Global theme.  And, they may take MUSI 239, ART 135, or ENG 230, 231, 235 or 244, for a focus on the Ethics/Aes­thetics/­Philosophy theme if they did not take these courses in the first semester.

YEAR 3, YEAR 4

In their third and fourth years, students take three 300-level or 400-level elective courses – one outside the major and two in the major – each with an Honors College augmentation.  The courses probably will be the subjects of proposals that students and their instructors draw up and that receive the approval of the Honors College.

YEAR 4

In the fourth year, students complete the internship or research/creative/professional project in the major (the internship would meet the requirements for HON 498; the project would meet those for HON 499). 

This progression, for which there may be modifications for certain students, is in this document.

Progression for Departmental Scholars

In their junior years or senior years in the university, Departmental Scholars take three upper (300- or 400-level) elective courses – one outside their majors and two within their majors.  Each of these courses will have augmentations that address at least one of the themes in the College.

Then in their senior years in the university, they complete one required course in the major – a course they can use to satisfy the requirement for an Honors Internship or an Honors Research/Creative/Professional Project.

This academic progression, for which there also may be modifications, is in the JUNR and SENR sections of this document.