Honors
Director: Rick Davis
Secretary: Rita Ricks (208) 496-1279

 

The Honors Program provides the opportunity to take a core of General Education (GE) classes at the Honors level. Those who have completed high school AP classes will feel right at home, for Honors classes generally allow smaller than normal classes, with discussions that probe deeper than average. Honors classes are ideally suited to the new freshman or sophomore who is looking for GE classes which go the extra mile, not so much in effort required but in learning gained.

Expect to be challenged. Expect to think critically and creatively. We expect innovation in both teaching and learning in Honors courses. Your reward will be that sense of accomplishment and personal satisfaction which comes from being pushed and knowing you could do it.

If you have a GPA of 3.5 or above (your most recent GPA, be it from high school or college) you are automatically qualified to regis­ter for any Honors course; there is no sign-up sheet. Rather, the registration computer locks out anyone whose GPA is below 3.5. If you think you have what it takes but your GPA is not yet at 3.5 or above, we encourage you to contact the teacher to see if you can be added to the class. Seats are often available for those who want something more. To find current Honors classes look in the Class Schedule under Honors.

You will need eighteen credits to complete the program, while keeping an overall 3.5GPA or better. You need not take an Honors class each semester.

There is a $5 per class fee to take honors classes, but since we love to reward excellence a $50 scholarship is awarded each semester to those who: (1) are enrolled in an Honors class that semester, and (2) who maintain their overall 3.5 GPA or above. After final grades for a semester are in (about 30 days), your account is automatically credited; you can use the money toward tuition, Bookstore purchases, or even ask for a cash payment.

Because course offerings are diverse, our class offerings for any given semester might vary considerably from the previous. Please check the current Class Schedule, where Honors classes are double-listed, both under Honors as well as under the various departments (i.e., BIO 100H is listed in Honors and Biology).

The following courses may be offered in addition to other courses designated as Honors in the applicable Class Schedule.
 
 
Course Descriptions

ARAB 101H Arabic I (4:3:0)
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: You must have a 3.5 or higher accumulative GPA to take an Honors course.
Beginning Arabic. Introduction to the Arabic alphabet and grammar, plus extensive discussions of the culture.
 
ARAB 102H Arabic II (4:3:0)
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: Arabic 101/101H or equivalent Intermediate Arabic. You must have a 3.5 or higher accumulative GPA to take an Honors course.
Continued study of the alphabet and grammar. Selected readings and an in depth look at the culture.
 
CHILD 210H Child Development (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Social Science requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: You must have a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA to take an Honor's course.
A theoretical, academically oriented course focusing on the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development of the child from conception through adolescence. Influences of family, peers, and social institutions on the child's development. Observations in the child lab may be required.
(Fall, Winter, Summer)
 
GREEK 101H Ancient Greek (3:3:0)
Fee:  $5.00
An introduction to Classical and New Testament Greek.
 
GREEK 102H Ancient Greek (3:3:0)
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: Greek 101/101H or equivalent. Must have a 3.5 or higher accumulative GPA to take an Honor's course.
Second semester Classical and New Testament Greek. Includes readings from the Greek New Testament and an introduction to scholarly resources for New Testament study.
 
HEB 101H Biblical Hebrew I H (3:3:0)
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: You must have a 3.5 or higher accumulative GPA to take an Honors course.
Beginning Biblical Hebrew emphasizing reading and grammar. This course assumes no prior knowledge of the Hebrew language.
 
HEB 102H Biblical Hebrew II H (3:3:0)
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: Hebrew 101 or equivalent You must have a 3.5 or higher accumulative GPA to take an Honors course.
The study of Biblical Hebrew through reading and translating various chapters from the Hebrew Bible. This course assumes some knowledge of the Hebrew language.
 
HON 200 Readings in Western Culture: Ancient World (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Letters requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: Students must have a 3.5 or higher accumulative GPA to take an honors course.
An examination of selected primary works of the Hebrew, Greek, Roman, and Medieval periods with historical setting and thematic structure provided by three lectures per week. Areas considered include literature, history, and philosophy
 
HON 201 Readings in Western Culture: Modern World (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Social Science requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: You must have a 3.5 or higher accumulative GPA to take an Honor's course.
A continuation of Honors 200 Renaissance to the present.
 
HON 207D Behav/Society (1:0:0)
Fee:  $5.00
This course introduces social works' perspective on human behavior and the social environment. Life span development within the context of human and social systems theory are studied.
 
HON 220 Philosophy/Ethics (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Letters requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
A deep probing of selected moral and ethical dilemmas in today's society. The course will examine the ethical standards of other societies and compare them to our own. Readings will focus on philosophy and law as statements of ethical policy. What lies behind the choices we make?
 
HON 221H The Writings of C.S. Lewis (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Letters requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: You must have a 3.5 or higher accumulative GPA to take an Honor's course.
This course will explore the writings of C.S. Lewis as the "theological philosophy" of an insightful writer, who defended Christianity as a philosophy of life. In doing so, the class will address the question: What use is C.S. Lewis to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?
 
HON 222 The Writings of C. Terry Warner and C.S. Lewis (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Letters requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: Student accumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Commitment and competency in reading and writing to explore theological and philisophical issues.
This course will explore the writings of C.S. Lewis and philosopher C. Terry Warner to understand how contemporary views about thinking and feeling influence men and women to "betray themselves" by seeking to justify self-centered motives.
 
LATIN 101H Latin Language (3:3:0)
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: You must have a 3.5 or higher accumulative GPA to take an Honors course.
An introduction to Latin. Beginners and students with less than one year of high school Latin should register for this class. Vocabulary building, grammar, reading, and basic composition.
 
LATIN 102H Latin Language II (3:3:0)
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: You must have taken Latin 101/101H or its equivalent (1 year of high school Latin). You must have a 3.5 or higher accumulative GPA to take an Honors course.
Reading Latin prose writers and study of Roman culture. Continuation of Latin 101, second semester.
 
MATH 108H Math for the Real World (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Math requirement.
Prerequisite: Math 100B with a grade of "B" or higher or one year of high school algebra.
Exploration of contemporary mathematical reasoning covering topics such as logic, problem solving, finance math, linear and exponential modeling, probability and statistics. Will satisfy both the BYU-Idaho and Idaho Core math requirements. Will not serve as a prerequisite for college algebra, trigonometry, or any calculus-based courses.
(Winter, Summer, Fall)
 
REL 301H Old Testament-Biblical Hebrew 1 (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Religion requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: Student must have a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA to take an Honor's course.
Study Old Testament by learning Biblical Hebrew.
(Winter, Fall, Summer)
 
REL 302H Old Testament-Biblical Hebrew 2 (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Religion requirement.
Fee:  $5.00
Prerequisite: Rel 301H and must have a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA to take an Honor's course.
Study Old Testament by learning Biblical Hebrew.