Honors Courses: You will complete at least 25% of your coursework at the honors level each semester.
History and Literature Major: This special, interdisciplinary major is only open to honors students.
Significant Off -Campus Experience: You may fulfill this requirement through a semester of study abroad or an internship.
Senior Honors Project: Depending on your major, you will complete an honors thesis, independent research, or other special project.
Seminar for Freshmen: All CAS freshmen are required to take this seminar. Special honors sections allow you to start building community and cohesion with your honors peers right away. Options have included:
- CAS H113A The Vietnam and Iraq War
Associate Professor Bryan Trabold of the English Department
This class will examine some of the many controversies surrounding the Vietnam and Iraq Wars, two conflicts that have been profoundly polarizing for the American people. There are widely divergent perspectives regarding fundamental questions surrounding each war. Were the reasons for American involvement "just"? To what extent were the methods used by the United States military during each war "just"? To what extent did the media play an appropriate role before, during, and after each war? Did opposition to these wars serve primarily to benefit "the enemies" of the United States or did it constitute a form of patriotism and love of country? This interdisciplinary course will address these and other complex questions by examining the histories, literature, and films (both documentaries and dramatic) that have been produced in response to these wars.
- CAS H110A Energy and Water
Associate Professor Craig Christensen of the Engineering Department
Two of the most daunting challenges the world faces is how to provide for its growing energy needs and potable drinking water. This course investigates the historical science driving the use of energy since the Industrial Revolution to convert energy resources into work, including the steam engine, electric motor, and internal combustion engine. It also considers alternative energy options to fossil fuels, such as solar, wind, geothermal, and ocean power. We review the evidence for Global Warming and Climate Change, and examine human nature, simple lifestyles, conspiracy theories, and the influence of those in power to shape public opinion. The course asks how water supply is provided and where it goes after use, and considers the options developing countries and drought-racked areas have to remedy their water needs. The mathematics used to understand scientific issues will be gentle; greater emphasis is placed on the intuitive appreciation of these concerns.
- CAS H112A Decoding Boston
Associate Professor Charles Cramer of the World Languages and Cultural Studies Department
This interdisciplinary seminar will explore the buildings, monuments, sites, signage, advertisements, and other visual signs around Boston from the point of view of the discipline of Visual Studies. In addition to providing a compelling introduction to the history, major landmarks, and culture of the city, the seminar is specifically intended to improve students' visual literacy: that is, their awareness of their visual environment and their ability to critically analyze the rhetoric of the spaces, buildings, and images with which they are surrounded.