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Welcome to the University Honors Program

The University Honors Program is one of the newest educational opportunities at the Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education. In the fall of 2007, the first Honors courses ever were offered at the Providence Campus. The goal of the University Honors Program is to give highly qualified students an opportunity to work in a small class setting with dedicated and experienced faculty members. Honors courses strive to be different from regular academic courses in a variety of ways:

  • they focus on critical thinking skills and application of knowledge rather than on memorization of facts;
  • they offer more opportunities to discuss, to ask questions and to work on cooperative projects;
  • they approach academic subjects from an interdisciplinary perspective;
  • they integrate analytical and communicative skills into academic content. 

This does not mean, however, that honors courses are necessarily harder than regular courses. Honors courses do not require more work; they require more meaningful work. In an honors course you don't have to work harder; we do hope that you will find your work more engaging and more stimulating. Honors courses will give you an opportunity to live up to your potential—to work at the high level of sophistication you are capable of.

Enrolling in honors courses is very easy. There are no forms to complete and no applications to fill out. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you can take Honors courses. You will find them in the printed ASFCCE course schedule under Honors Program, or you can go online, use the class search feature of e-campus. Click on "Additional Search Criteria" and enter the word "Honors" in the field "Course Title Keyword". This will give you a list of all honors courses offered. If you only want courses offered at ASFCCE, select "Providence Campus" as "Location." If you meet the eligibility criteria, you do not need any permission numbers—simply go online and register for the Honors course of your choice through e-campus. If you are a transfer student, a new continuing education student, or an incoming freshman, please contact me (waltaire.uri@gmail.com) or call 401-874-4818 for a permission number.

I sincerely hope that you will give the University Honors Program a try. If you have any questions, please contact me at any time.

Yours,

 

Walter von Reinhart
Associate Director,
University Honors Program
Room 255
401-874-4818
waltaire.uri@gmail.com

Office hours by appointment

Honors Program Coordinator

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Course Offerings Spring 2010

PHL 101H Honors section of PHL 101: (3 cr.)

NEWS AND NONSENSE: Critical Thinking and the American Media

In PHL 101H, you will analyze the American media, including advertising. You will study the many ways in which people try to change your mind, sway your opinion, and sell you products or ideas. You will use a variety of examples from modern media to recognize and understand manipulation so that your decisions will be based on solid information. In the process you will learn the principles of sound reasoning and you will learn how to make well-formed arguments that are free of fallacious reasoning.

You can use this honors course either as Letters (L) or as English Communication (EC) towards your general education requirements.

Prerequisite: 3.2 GPA

Section 0200

Class Number: 12590

Time: Tu 7:00 - 9:45 pm

Room: TBA

Gen. Ed. Div.: (L) or (EC)

Instructor: Will Krieger

 

Course Offerings Planned for Fall 2010

 

HPR 125 Honors Course in Literature: (3 cr.)

THE ORIGINS OF FANTASY

Why do so many people read “fantasy” literature, such as J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings? Are such stories of fantastic heroes and their adventures mere children’s tales or are they “serious” literature? Where did this literary form come from and how has it evolved? These are some of the questions we will investigate in this course.

You can use this honors course as Fine Arts and Literature (A) towards your general education requirements.

Prerequisite: 3.3 GPA

Section 0200

Class Number: TBA

Time: Tu Th 6:00-7:15 pm

Room: TBA

Gen. Ed. Div.: (A)

Instructor: Walter von Reinhart

 

PHL 101H Honors section of PHL 101: (3 cr.)

NEWS AND NONSENSE: Critical Thinking and the American Media

In PHL 101H, you will analyze the American media, including advertising. You will study the many ways in which people try to change your mind, sway your opinion, and sell you products or ideas. You will use a variety of examples from modern media to recognize and understand manipulation so that your decisions will be based on solid information. In the process you will learn the principles of sound reasoning and you will learn how to make well-formed arguments that are free of fallacious reasoning.

You can use this honors course either as Letters (L) or as English Communication (EC) towards your general education requirements.

Prerequisite: 3.2 GPA

Section 0200

Class Number:

Time: Tu 7:00 - 9:45 pm

Room: TBA

Gen. Ed. Div.: (L) or (EC)

Instructor: Will Krieger

 

Transfer students and others who have not yet established a GPA at URI should contact Walter von Reinhart (waltaire.uri@gmail.com or 401-874-4818) for a permission number.

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Who Is Eligible to Take Honors Courses?

  • Continuing ASFCCE students with a GPA of 3.2 or higher are eligible to take Honors courses. To register, log on to e-campus; no permission number required.
  • Students with a GPA between 3.0 and 3.19 may take Honors courses at the discretion of the instructor. Please contact the instructor for a permission number.
  • Recent Transfer Students from other colleges or community colleges who have not yet established a GPA at ASFCCE are eligible to take Honors courses if they had a GPA of 3.3 or higher at their previous institution. Students with a transfer GPA between 3.0 and 3.29 may take Honors courses at the discretion of the instructor. All transfer students should contact Walter von Reinhart (waltaire.uri@gmail.com) or call 401-874-4818 for a permission number.
  • Continuing Education Students without a recent academic record should make an appointment with Walter von Reinhart, Associate Director (waltaire.cce@gmail.com) or call 401-874-4818) to discuss eligibility. There is no formal application, but there will be a fast unbureaucratic decision.

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Types of Honors Courses

The Honors Program offers two kinds of courses at the Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education:

  • Honors sections of regularly scheduled courses, such as COM 100, HIS 142 or PSY 113. These Honors courses can be used to meet general education requirements or to meet specific requirements in your major.
  • Interdisciplinary Honors courses that do not have equivalents in any academic department. These unique Honors courses normally meet general education requirements.

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What Are the Benefits of Participating in the Honors Program?

The Honors Program gives you an opportunity to:

  • Learn from dedicated instructors with excellent teaching records
  • Take innovative and unique classes
  • Meet general education requirements by taking honors courses
  • Become part of a motivated peer group.

Completing the Honors Program will add another impressive qualification to your résumé

  • Employers like honors students;
  • Graduate and professional schools prefer honors students;
  • National scholarship and award programs expect honors students.

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What Is Required to Complete the Honors Program (for students entering Fall 2010)?

To complete the Honors Program, you must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher and in your honors courses. To graduate from the Honors Program and have your transcript certify that you completed the University Honors Program, you must complete the following courses:

  • One Honors Seminar at the 100/200-level;
  • One Honors Colloquium (HPR 201 or 202);
  • One Honors Tutorial at the 300/400-level;
  • One Honors Senior Seminar (HPR 411 or HPR 412) and at least three credits of Honors Senior Project (HPR 401 or HPR 402).

The University Honors Program is currently offering 100/200-level seminars and 300/400-level tutorials in Providence. We hope that the demand for honors courses in Providence will increase in the future and that we will be able to offer all of the required honors courses at ASFCCE.

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Myths and Facts about the University Honors Program

MYTH

FACT

Honors courses are harder than regular courses

Honors classes are not harder, just different. You will be working with dedicated professors and other motivated students. You will have more time to discuss and engage in activities and projects.

The Honors Program is only for full-time students

Because only five courses are required, part-time students will also be able to complete the Honors Program.

There are too many requirements for me to complete the Honors Program

Only five honors courses are required: one 100/200-level Honors Seminar, one 200 Honors Colloquium (HPR 201 or 202), one 300/400-level Honors Tutorial, one Honors Senior Seminar (HPR 411 or 412) , and three credits of Honors Senior Project (HPR 401 or 402).

I am too old for the Honors Program

The Honors Program welcomes mature students and the wealth of experience and wisdom they bring to the classroom.

Completing the Honors Program requires additional semesters

With careful planning, most students can complete the Honors Program without adding extra semesters. Many Honors courses fulfill general education requirements and you can normally receive credit in your major for the Honors Senior Project.

You can only take Honors courses in your major

You can take honors courses in any area; many honors courses carry general education credit. You can even complete your Honors Senior Project outside of your major if you want.

If I sign up for an Honors course, I have to complete the entire Honors Program

Taking an Honors class does not oblige you to complete the entire Honors Program. If you decide, after one Honors course that the program it is not for you, that is perfectly fine.

The Honors Program is all about classes

The Honors Program also coordinates prestigious national scholarships and helps students with preparing their applications.

To complete the Honors Program, I will have to  take classes in Kingston

Unfortunately, this myth is true. We hope that in the future we will be able to offer all of the required courses to complete the Honors Program in Providence. Because of the budget situation, however, we can only offer 100/200-level seminars and 300/400-level tutorials at ASFCCE right now. Once demand for honors courses increases, we will try to schedule the other required courses, but at this point we are not able to do so

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