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HON 101 Honors Colloquium  (Freshmen) (1 credit)
This course seeks to guide students in understanding honors education, academic majors and minors, determining career possibilities resulting from those areas of study, and preparation needed for graduate study or successful placement in the field.  Students will have opportunities for professional and personal development, including discussions with faculty and professionals in the fields of study offered by Shaw University.  It also seeks to help them understand the purpose and value of higher education, to develop positive attitudes toward the teaching-learning process, and to acquire coping skills that are essential for successful college life. 

HON 102 Honors Colloquium  (Freshmen) (1 credit)
This class seeks to train students to become well-read, understanding the world around them through accounts in the media and academic sources, how daily events impact their lives, and how they have a responsibility to instigate change.  (It is inspired in part by Morehouse College president Dr. Robert M. Franklin’s town hall meeting speech, “The Soul of Morehouse and the Future of the Mystique” delivered on April 21, 2009.  It has quickly become a classic, stirring challenge to college students everywhere.  He demanded that students embrace his “Five Wells”: well-read, well-spoken, well-traveled, well-dressed and well-balanced).

HON 201 Honors Colloquium  (Sophomores) (1 credit)
Through readings, discussions and presentations by persons from different areas of expertise in leadership capacities, students will develop an awareness of challenges to and ideals of leadership, particularly emotionally intelligent leadership.  Students will be encouraged to investigate their own leadership ideals, shortcomings and challenges.

HON 202 Honors Colloquium  (Sophomores) (1 credit)
This immersion course in ethnography will use classic works/texts as a basis of ethnographic study – a first hand, detailed account of a particular culture or event which may contest and/or sustain stereotypes of particular groups, with particular emphasis on the African American experience

HON 211  Honors Special Topics – Special Topics: Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (1-2 credits)
This course is designed to expose students to a diverse field of knowledge, to include current events, African-American history, American history, geography, math, science, social science, art, religion, fine arts, music, literature, sports, and pop culture in an atmosphere of preparation for academic competition.  In the context of the subjects covered, the students will be instructed in “structured knowledge acquisition” as well as instruction in the fundamental techniques, rules, basic team strategies and the research processes for academic competition.  The series of courses examine best practices and uses myriad approaches to research strategies and technologies for data collection as a paramount methodology in academic knowledge competition.  Students will be offered opportunities of an experiential nature through participation with the Shaw University Honda Campus All-Star Challenge program.

HON 301 Honors Colloquium  (Juniors)  (1 credit)
This course allows students to do necessary planning for a successful launch into the future after college.  It emphasizes how practical issues such as devising a realistic budget, determining employment possibilities, planning for graduate school, and securing living arrangements can add to the confidence of new college graduates.

HON 302 Honors Colloquium  (Juniors) (1 credit)
This course will focus on graduate study preparation, with the task of planning and the implementation of a plan of action for graduate school examinations, application, personal statement, and graduate school finance planning, among other activities.

HON 401 Honors Colloquium  (Seniors) (1 credit)
This introductory course offers an overview of general research methods .  It provides the basic tools needed to conduct research while also developing the skills necessary to critically evaluate the research of others. This course aims to: (1 credit) introduce you to the basic elements of research design; (2) improve your ability to critically evaluate the research of others; (3) enhance your understanding of what it means to be a researcher; (4) familiarize you with the problems and limitations of studying the critical issues through firsthand experience with data collection; (5) demonstrate the relevance of general research methods to your everyday lives.

HON 402 Honors Colloquium  (Seniors) (1 credit)
This CAPSTONE class will focus on senior students’ last few months in college — reviewing their experiences, planning immediate needs of their final semester, and planning for their futures as active members of the work force or graduate students.  Students will also be expected to complete their senior research projects for presentation on the “senior night of excellence.”