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Coursework and Academic Benefits

Fall semester: Students in the Scholars Program take an intensive, four-credit course (CAS 1110) during the fall semester. Each week begins with a lecture delivered by one of the Scholars faculty members or an outside specialist. For the remainder of the week, class time is devoted to discussion and writing about the course themes in light of the lecture and readings. Because the course is writing-intensive, students also participate in in-class writing workshops in preparation for their major writing assignments.

Spring semester: During the spring semester, Scholars are offered the opportunity to participate in a one-credit student/faculty colloquium (CAS 2900). Each year the colloquium focuses on a different theme; thus, Scholars can participate in it all four years. The colloquium meets seven times during the spring. At each meeting, which lasts for two hours, a noted authority from the faculty, or an invited guest, presents a lecture for 45 minutes, after which the floor is opened for discussion. Both faculty and Scholars participate in the discussions that follow.

Academic Benefits: Students in the Scholars Program earn credit for core requirements as they pursue their own intellectual development. The fall semester class (CAS 1110) counts for four credit hours of Tier II Humanities credit, allowing students to make progress toward their college and university degree requirements. Additionally, students who successfully complete CAS 1110 are exempted from ENG 1510, the Tier I Composition requirement.

Fall 2013 Course

The Fall Semester course for 2013 is "Tradition and Inquiry: Gods and Monsters." This course explores contemporary questions about what it means to be human—Are there limits to humanity? Are some beings more human than others? Can we grow to be more or less human, more or less monstrous?—with a grounding in an interdisciplinary and historical perspective. Tradition and Inquiry establishes a vocabulary and methodologies for examining these questions while it explores approaches to them in ancient Near Eastern, Greco-Roman, and contemporary Western culture. Regular writing assignments, including teacher response, guidance, and multiple drafts, are designed to aid students in their exploration of the issues.

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