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Honors Degree Program Information

Honors program students attend small and interactive seminars together in which they will be challenged to apply their intellectual gifts to studying, understanding, and solving crucial problems facing our world today. Special dinners, immersions, intersession courses, community engagement projects, and speakers help to further the sense of community.

The culmination of the honors program is the senior thesis project, ideally in the student’s major field, although interdisciplinary thesis projects are also possible. This capstone thesis leads to an exceptional depth of understanding and provides valuable experience in developing and executing an advanced project.

Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis Proposal

A student in the Honors Degree Program should first consider completing a thesis in their Major field. 

A student should pursue an Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis only if their project is truly interdisciplinary in nature, spanning two or more disciplines with no clear anchor in any one department or discipline.  As a result, Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis proposals will be evaluated according to the same rigorous standards as those submitted for Honors in the Major. 

A student interested in pursuing an interdisciplinary Honors thesis must discuss their interest with the Director of The Honors Degree Program by February 28 and submit an Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis Proposal to the Director of The Honors Degree Program by April 1.  

Upon approval from the Honors Advisory Board, a student completing an Interdisciplinary Honors Thesis must complete the standard thesis proposal form found on the Registrar’s website.  No late proposals will be accepted under any circumstances.  Proposals that have been turned down by an academic department cannot become interdisciplinary thesis projects solely to allow the student to finish the Honors Degree Program.     

Spring 2024 Honors Courses here


The interdisciplinary Honors Thesis Proposal can be accessed here.

Review the Honors Degree Handbook here.

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Additional Information

For more information, contact:


Raghabendra KC, PhD

Assistant Professor

170 W. Fairbanks Building – Room 224


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Fall 2023 Honors Courses

901124 HON 300AH 1 Stolen Cultures, Susan Libby T,R 9:30 – 10:45
Examines issues surrounding the repatriation and retention of cultural objects displaced from their original locations, many of which are in the collections of large American and European museums, and which may have been obtained as a result of colonialist looting, theft from archaeological sites, stolen in war, or otherwise removed without the consent of the owners. Requests for the return of cultural objects are often greeted with resistance from museums or private collectors, and long disputes can ensue. Students will examine conflicts between museums and nations, or cultural groups through the lenses of ethics, law, history, theories of art, and political and economic factors. ECMP

91123 HON 300CH 1 Hebrew Bible, Yudit Greenberg, T,R 9:30 – 10:45
This course is an introduction to the Hebrew Bible, highlighting its interpretive dimension, historical context, and moral and theological issues. We examine biblical texts that depict the dynamics of divine-human and interhuman relationships and address the challenges and paradoxes of human life. Our reading selection includes moral laws, covenants, family relationships, love, sex, and gender roles.

Our discussions raise philosophical questions regarding God, free will, social and ecological justice, moral responsibility, and the role of the reader as an active creator of meaning in conversation with the Bible. Students will gain and enhance their skills in close and critical reading of the text, analytic writing, evaluating and comparing alternative ways of reading the Bible, critical thinking of moral issues related to human and divine actions, as well as divine commands. * *This course fulfills the Ethical Reasoning (ECMP) competency by integrating an assignment in which students will identify the ethical dimensions of an issue, explain ethical principles used to resolve the ethical dilemma and evaluate the decision reached. Students will identify the ethical dimensions of an issue, explain ethical principles used to resolve the ethical dilemma, and evaluate the decision reached. 

91125 HON 352S 1, Experiments in Psychology, Steven St. John 
An exploration of the scientific method through experiments in behavioral science.

90554 HON 400, Your Last Lecture, Marianne DiQuattro.
If you had to give your last lecture, what would you want people to know? And why is it important to be able to publicly communicate your ideas?  The goals of this Honors capstone seminar are twofold: to reflect on the interdisciplinary learning that characterizes a Rollins liberal arts education, and to learn how to perfect the art of delivering a memorable talk.  The outcome will be a polished speech that you will deliver in both the classroom and a community setting. We will also think about how presentation skills can be applied in other settings throughout your professional career.