Honors Program Curriculum

Course No. Title Credits
ENG 11103 Composition I 3
ENG 12003 Honors Composition 3
COM 22204 Argumentation and Debate (Honors Section) 4
HPE 10101 Human Wellness and Physical Fitness 1
HPE   Any Elective Selected from Activity Courses 1
LA 10001 Gateway to Success (choose for major) 1
HUM 10103 Honors Seminar in the Humanities 3
    Applied Fine Arts or Creative Writing Course 3
SOC 25103 Social Problems (Honors Section) 3
SSC 20103 Honors Social Science Service Learning Course 3
MTH   Select One  
  14505 Pre-calculus 5
  21404 Introductory Probability and Statistics 4
  15105 Calculus I 5
NSC 15004 Scientific Explorations 4
    Additional General Education (as per major/minor)  
HON 20101 Honors Seminars 4
HON 40101 Senior Honors Seminar I 1
HON 40201 Senior Honors Seminar II 1

* Must take at least 36 general education hours to graduate.
** Must take general education courses required for major in addition to Honors sequence.
*** Only Honors courses included in Ohio Transfer Module are MTH 14505 MTH 15105.
**** Required computer skills should be addressed throughout the student’s curriculum.

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Course Descriptions

ENG 11103 Composition I

A study of the writing process covering example, description, narration, process analysis, comparison and contrast, classification, and definition. Prerequisites: ENG 10104 and ENG 10204, both with a C- or better, for students assigned to those courses as a result of placement
testing. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

ENG 12003 Honors Composition

This course is a study of the writing process covering expository and research writing for Rio Grande Honors Program students. Topics that will be covered include but are not limited to various writing conventions, the research process, and source integration and citation. Honors students can take this course in place of both ENG 11103 and ENG 11203. Successful completion of ENG 12003 with a B+ or better will earn students advanced credit for ENG 11103. If students receive lower than a B+, ENG 11103 will not appear on their transcripts as credit earned. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Rio Grande Honors Program. Placement testing of 82 or better on the COMPASS reading test or 21 or better on the ACT reading test as well as acceptance into the Rio Grande Honors Program. Honors students who complete ENG 11103 with a C- or better can take ENG 12003 in place of ENG 11203. (Fall)

COM 22204 Argumentation and Debate (Honors Section)

Focuses upon reasoned decision making through a study of argumentation and persuasive theory in practices of classical and modern principles. (Fall)

HPE 10101 Human Wellness and Physical Fitness

This course presents scientific information concerning the need for physical activity. It offers the opportunity for the assessment of personal fitness and presents various approaches to fitness, including an introduction to a variety of lifetime sport activities. Course fee required. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

Any HPE Elective Selected from Activity Courses

See Catalog

LA 10001 Gateway to Success (choose for major)

See Catalog

HUM 10103 Honors Seminar in the Humanities

This course is an interdisciplinary exploration and analysis of a selected topic in the Humanities. This course is designed to foster an enhanced appreciation of that specific Humanities topic across the disciplines comprising the Humanities. Topics will vary from term to term.  Possible topics include, but are not limited to, Socrates, the Harlem Renaissance, or Postmodernism. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Rio Grande Honors Program. (Spring)

Applied Fine Arts or Creative Writing Course

See Catalog

SOC 25103 Social Problems (Honors Section)

Analysis of current social problems including implications of possible solutions. Prerequisite: SOC 11103. (Fall)

SSC 20103 Honors Social Science Service Learning Course

This course is a field experience for Honors students that will help them apply the theories they learned in the Honors section of SOC 25013: Social Problems to a practical setting. Each student will spend eighty clock hours in a service-learning experience. Sites are approved by the Director of the Honors Program and the course instructor.  Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Rio Grande Honors Program.  SOC 25013: Social Problems, Honors Section. (Spring)

MTH 14505 Pre-calculus

An introduction to functions. Topics include: algebraic, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. Also included are systems of linear and non-linear equations, conic sections, and vectors. Emphasis is placed on graphing with a graphing calculator. A graphing calculator is required. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in MTH 11403 or equivalent skill level as indicated by the score on the placement exam. May not be used as mathematics elective. Course fee required. (Fall, Spring)

MTH 21404 Introductory Probability and Statistics

An introduction to probability and statistics. Topics include: organizing data, graphical presentations of data, measures of central tendency and dispersion, relative standing, normal curve theory, elementary probability, correlation and simple regression, chisquare, and hypothesis testing of means for one and two samples. Mathematics credit is not given for both MTH 21404 and MTH 21603. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in MTH 11403 or a grade of C or better in NUR 11101 (enrolled Nursing students only) or equivalent skill level as indicated by the score on the placement exam. May not be used as mathematics elective. Course fee required. (Fall, Spring)

MTH 15105 Calculus I

Pre-calculus Review, Limits, Continuity, The Derivative, Applications of the Derivative, the Definite Integral, the Indefinite Integral, and Applications of the Integral.. Prerequisite: MTH 14505 Pre-calculus or equivalent skill level as indicated by the score on the placement exam. Course fee required. (Fall, Spring)

NSC 15004 Scientific Explorations

This is a survey course that emphasizes the integrated nature of science and stresses the application of scientific inquiry to real-world problems. Scientific content is taught within the context of a series of case studies that are researched and resolved throughout the lecture and laboratory. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Rio Grande Honors Program. (Spring)

Additional General Education (as per major/minor)

See Catalog

HON 20101 Honors Seminars

Each semester this course will focus on a different selected topic from a wide range of campus disciplines. These topics could be interdisciplinary, and the class may be team-taught. The student will be expected to participate in critical discussion and present information in an appropriate manner for the selected topic. The course topic will change every semester. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Rio Grande Honors Program. (Fall, Spring)

HON 40101 Senior Honors Seminar I

This course includes an extensive and comprehensive research project for an Honors student’s baccalaureate degree. The student will be expected to acquire a significant body of new knowledge and develop expertise in his/her chosen field of study. This expertise will culminate in a senior project. The course is to be completed in the senior year of the student’s program of study. Students cannot graduate with the Honors designation without passing this course. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Rio Grande Honors Program. (Fall)

HON 40201 Senior Honors Seminar II

This course is an opportunity to share the senior Honors project with the University of Rio Grande community. The course is to be completed in the senior year of the student’s program of study. Students cannot graduate with the Honors designation without passing this course. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Rio Grande Honors Program. (Spring)