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Departmental Honors

What is Departmental Honors?

In the Departmental Honors program, students will work individually with professors to develop research projects in their major field of study. Check out the programs below to see specific courses.

  • Admission Requirements
  • Each student seeking to enroll in Departmental Honors must complete a Departmental Honors Application
  • Presentation of the Honors Project at University College Day or another academic conference is required.
  • At the completion of the program, students are required to complete an exit survey and submit a Reflective Essay ‌and Writing Sample.
    • Reflective Essays and Writing Samples are due Dec. 3, 2018, for those completing Departmental Honors in Fall 2018.
    • Reflective Essays and Writing Samples are due May 6, 2019, for those completing Departmental Honors in Spring 2019.
Reflective Essay

Each student completing the Departmental Honors Program will need to submit a reflective essay.

The essay is meant to be a reflection of your experience in the Departmental Honors Program and should include the following:

  • A short description of the project (or classes) you undertook to complete your discipline’s requirements for honors.
  • An analysis of how completing your honors project (or classes) challenged or changed your views or opinions on the subject of your project.
  • An analysis of how the Honors program has helped you in your major studies or in your area of specialization.
  • A reflection of what makes the experience of completing honors unique compared to other courses in your academic discipline.

 Please submit this essay to Elizabeth H. Battles, Ph. D., director of the Wesleyan Scholars Honors Program (ebattles@txwes.edu).

Critical Thinking Writing Sample

Your writing sample will be evaluated using this rubric.  

Please contact your advisor if you need guidance on an appropriate sample of your writing.

Biology

To qualify for Honors in Biology students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.75 in BIO 3431H, BIO 3470H, BIO 4412H, and BIO 4426H, complete Honors requirements for two of the four required upper level courses, and complete Honors requirements for the Supervised Research courses, BIO 3352H and BIO 4351H.

Chemistry

To qualify for Honors in Chemistry & Biochemistry, the student must complete two semesters of Chemistry research (CHE 4251H and 4252H), with a minimum of 10-12 hours completed per week (as opposed to 8 for non-Departmental Honors students).

The student must also complete a Research Thesis (guidelines to be set by the departmental faculty) and present a 60-minute defense of the Research Thesis to a committee of three faculty.

Criminal Justice

To qualify for Honors in Criminal Justice students must complete a senior honors thesis by enrolling CRJ 4320 and CRJ 4313.

The student will be required to write a 15-20 page paper in addition to the course requirements.

Education

To qualify for Honors in Undergraduate Education, you must complete two honors courses.

4326H. Philosophy for Children 3 hours

Prerequisite: undergraduate students in honors program only; Completion or concurrent enrollment in EDU 2300 and EDU 3431 or 3432; 3.5 GPA

This education honors course utilizes discussion of philosophical ideas drawn from various types of children’s literature. Dialogues following readings engage students in topics which improve critical thinking and learning across the curriculum.

4327H. Honors Professional Leadership in Education 

Prerequisite: undergraduate students in honors program only; Completion or concurrent enrollment in EDU 2300 and EDU 3431 or 3432; 3.5 GPA

This education honors course for undergraduate students provides opportunities to demonstrate leadership abilities, to reflect on those opportunities, and to assist students’ growth in the area of educational leadership. Students must be an officer of an educational student-led organization at Texas Wesleyan for the entire semester of enrollment in this course, as well as perform additional reflective activities assigned by the faculty advisor of the student organization.

Six hours of Departmental Honors courses may be submitted for graduate elective credit in the School of Education graduate education programs. Approval for such credit is contingent upon Graduate Education Admissions committee.

4328H. Reflective Education Seminar 

Prerequisite: undergraduate students in honors program only; Completion or concurrent enrollment in EDU 2300 and EDU 3431 or 3432; 3.5 GPA

This education honors course for undergraduate students in education provides intense and reflective emphasis upon school and cultural contexts for those who enroll in education study abroad programs. Assignments include journal readings, a synthesis paper, and a photo essay, web-based dialogue journal, portfolio rendition or similar project of important education questions answered during the study abroad program.

This course is designed for departmental honors in undergraduate education credit in EC-6, bilingual or secondary education. It may not be repeated for honors credit.

Six hours of Departmental Honors courses may be submitted for graduate elective credit in the School of Education graduate education programs. Approval for such credit is contingent upon Graduate Education Admissions committee.

4338H. Honors Technology for Educators 

Prerequisite: undergraduate students in honors program only; EDU 2300, EDU 3431 or 3432, EDU 3338 and 3.5 GPA

Honors students will engage in hands-on activities and projects that will extend their knowledge and use of technology in the classroom. Special emphasis will be placed on the use of technology as a tool to create projects that involve higher-order thinking, and engaging learning environments. Students will 

English

To qualify for Honors in English & Foreign Language, you must complete ENG 4375H or ENG 4385H, and ENG 4386H.

4375H. Honors Seminar in Literature

As part of the Wesleyan Honors Program, this literature course offers students the opportunity to study various literary topics in depth. The topic and content of the course will be determined by instructors and student interest. The seminar may be taught by one professor or team taught.

4385H. Honors Seminar in Rhetoric

As part of the Wesleyan Honors Program, this writing course offers students the opportunity to study various topics in Rhetoric and Creative Writing in depth. The topic and content of the course will be determined by instructors and student interest. The seminar may be taught by one professor or team taught.

4386H. Honors Research Seminar and Thesis

The sequel to both 4375 and 4385, this research based course provides students an opportunity to concentrate on a particular idea, reading, writer, concept or theory, culminating in an extensive thesis that the department faculty assesses. Because the topics in this course will be very diverse, students in both rhetoric and literature may enroll in the same course.

 

History

To qualify for Honors in History, the student will need to complete HIS 4391H and HIS 4392H.

4391H  History Honors Seminar

Prerequisite: 90 completed hours, 27 hours of history courses, 3.5 major GPA, 3.0 overall GPA

The first of two semesters devoted to researching and writing a Senior Honor Thesis. In this course, the student will research her/his selected thesis topic. These three (3) hours of History Honors Seminar are in addition to the 36 hours required for the history major.

4392H  History Honors Seminar

Prerequisite: HIS 4391, 90 completed hours, 27 hours of history courses, 3.5 major GPA, 3.0 overall GPA

The second of two semesters devoted to researching and writing a Senior Honor Thesis. In this course, the student will write her/his Senior Honor Thesis. These three (3) hours of History Honors Seminar are in addition to the 36 hours required for the history major.

Political Science

To qualify for Honors in Political Science, the student must complete the 9-hour requirement in three designated honors courses. The courses must represent advanced political science coursework from each of the three field tracks, so that a student will complete 3 credit hours from the Global Studies track, 3 credit hours from the Pre-Law track and 3 credit hours from the Government and Politics track.

Global Studies Track:

POL 4321H.  International Law

This course integrates the study of the principles of international law and organizations with impact of international politics upon them.

POL 4322H.  Foreign Policy of the United States

A study of the diplomatic relations of the United States from its pre-Revolutionary foundations to its present international posture.

POL 4351H.  International Relations

The systematic study of the legal principles determining international order. The overall purpose of the course is to introduce a student to the conceptual analysis of international politics and relations between states.

POL 4328H.  International Political Economy

This course examines the interplay between economics and politics in contemporary international relations.

Pre Law Track:

POL 3310H.  Civil Rights:  Law and Society

This course is an examination of the historical development of civil rights law and social and political ideologies as reflected in various racial, sexual, and ethnic environments and settings. This course addresses such issues as school segregation and integration, employment legislation, hate speech, affirmative action, the Indian Child Welfare Act, and the Nineteenth Amendment.

POL 3323H.  American Constitutional Law II

The overall purpose of this course is to stimulate interest in civil and personal freedoms established by the United States Constitution in the Bill of Rights.

POL 4320H.  Moot Court Workshop

A course that focuses on law in action in the form of simulated appellate court proceedings-“moot court” actions. Students discuss major constitutional issues through case briefs, a written appellate brief, and oral argument. Students are afforded the opportunity to participate in intramural and intercollegiate competitions.

Government and Politics Track:

POL 3331H.  European Governments

An analysis of the political and governmental systems of Great Britain, France, West Germany, and Russia, contrasting the principles of parliamentary democracy with those of dictatorship.

POL 4370H.  The American Presidency

This seminar discusses the power of the executive, both in terms of the office and in terms of the office-holder. It includes active discussions of the presidency, the presidents, and the politicians surrounding the executive branch. It is a thoughtful and provocative analysis of the most powerful position of government in the world, as seen through respected political science research, literature, and scholarly comments.

POL 4326H.  Public Policy:  Theory and Analysis

This course analyzes the making, implementation, and evaluation of public policy issues in the United States. The course also explores global extensions of American public policy, and implications for policy measures in global community relations.

Religion

To qualify for Honors in Religion, the student must complete the 9-hour requirement in courses designated as the Honors version of specially designated courses.

Sociology

To qualify for Honors in Sociology, the student must complete one stand-alone seminar course and one upper-division course with a contractual Honors component.

Spanish

To qualify for Honors in Spanish, students will need to enroll in one of the following courses, SPN 3301H, SPN 3311H or SPN 4369H. Students must successfully complete that work before they can enroll in the sequel course SPN 4370H.

3301H Survey of Spanish Literature

Prerequisite: SPN 1341, 1342, 2313, 2314, or the equivalent and acceptance in the Spanish Departmental Honors Program

This survey course is designed to introduce the student to important authors and literary currents of Spain, to give them practice in reading essays, poetry, drams, and fiction written in Castilian Spanish and to direct them Course Descriptions/Spanish 353 toward applying critical/analytical literary concepts to the readings.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to discuss the works read in class from the following critical perspectives: narrative point of view, plot development, characterization, language, themes, style, structure and tone. In addition, the student will be able to identify and discuss characteristics, authors, and works of the following literary currents in Spain: neoclasicismo, Romanticismo, naturalismo, modernismo, and La generacion del ’98.

3311H Survey of Spanish-American Literature

Prerequisite: SPN 1341, 1342, 2313, 2314, or the equivalent and acceptance in the Spanish Departmental Honors Program

As part of the Wesleyan Honors Program, this literature course offers students the opportunity to study more in depth representative Spanish-American literature from the Pre-Columbia period to the present.

4369H Hispanic-American Literature

Prerequisite: SPN 1341, 1342, 2313, 2314, or the equivalent and acceptance in the Spanish Departmental Honors Program

As part of the Wesleyan Honors Program, this literature course offers students the opportunity to study novels, short stories, poetry, film and essays of Spanish-speaking peoples in greater depth, with an emphasis on Chicano literary art and criticism.

4370H Honors Research Seminar and Thesis

Prerequisite: SPN 3301H, SPN 3311H, or SPN 4369H

The sequel to both SPN 3311H and SPN 4369H, this research based course provides students an opportunity to concentrate on a particular idea, reading, writer, concept, or theory, culminating in an extensive thesis that the department faculty assesses.

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