Contemporary Topics Honors RAPs

Contemporary Topics Honors RAPs

Contemporary Topics Honors RAPs are designed for Honors College students in any major.  

 


Living and Learning Community 

You and a fellow Contemporary Topics Honors RAP student will live in either Oak Hall or Sycamore Hall, the two first-year residence halls in the Commonwealth Honors College Residential Community (CHCRC). 

 


Contemporary Topics Honors Curriculum 

Each Contemporary Topics RAP consists of eighteen (18) students enrolled in two shared courses, one with a focus on a specific subject that will emphasize thematic topics in the news, paired with HONORS 201H: Ideas That Change the World.  

HONORS 201H: Ideas That Change the World

A Signature Honors course required for all first-year Honors College students, this interdisciplinary seminar will challenge you to think critically about the world, explore some of the profound ideas that have shaped it, and expand your own creative potential.

Additionally, choose one of the following courses:

Honors 191FP: Front Page Seminar 

An opportunity to discuss current state, national, and global issues and events with talented faculty AND distinguished community members and influential alums. Class time will be devoted to vibrant and challenging discussions based on critical reading and analysis of newspaper articles on current issues. Requirements: Reading front-page stories from the New York Times and Boston Globe daily. Supplemental reading as needed. Objective: Training students as opinion leaders; to encourage them to be steadily engaged in the social, political, and economic concerns of their time; to provide a context for interaction with experts and significant community members, and prepare them with verbal skills that are important in interviews for scholarships, graduate and professional schools, and employment.  

Honors 201H: Ideas That Change the World 

A Signature Honors course required for all first-year Honors College students, this interdisciplinary seminar will challenge you to think critically about the world, explore some of the profound ideas that have shaped it, and expand your own creative potential.