Honors Courses & Contract

About honors coursework

Honors courses provide additional challenges, emphasize writing and critical thinking skills, and give you the chance to explore topics in greater depth. JCC honors courses will allow you to network with leaders and professionals on campus and in the community. Additionally, the courses will provide opportunities to work one-on-one with professors and build mentoring relationships.

To earn JCC’s honors citation, you must successfully complete:

  • one three-credit hour honors symposium course
  • two one-credit hour project-based honors courses

Honors Symposium courses

The honors symposium is a three-credit course designed to inspire you to approach global topics from diverse perspectives. You will have the opportunity to delve into intriguing discussion and participate in an environment that fosters curiosity and academic exploration.

Fall 2022

  • Herbs & Snake Oils (ANT 2014 - 3 cr. hr. - Fileve Palmer - Asynchronous Online)

Spring 2023

  • Disinformation Age (MAT 2014 - 3 cr. hr. - Amanda Bartels)

Students will explore the relationships between human beings and the plants, animals, and minerals in our quest to seek wellness, health, and harmony. From the herbal and natural remedies of trained practitioners and the highly regulated pharmaceuticals developed from flora and fauna to the pushers of snake oils and street drugs, this course will explore the worldviews that influence who has authority to diagnose, produce, sell, and consume which substances in relation to maintaining health. Students will be challenged to take a critical look at the history of natural medicines, prohibitions, classification systems, and the legalization of controlled substances in the United States and abroad. Students will answer some of the following questions: What is the difference between drugs and medicines? Why do people self-medicate? What is the global impact of drugs? and What economic, environmental, and sociological impacts do drugs and medicines have on communities and individuals? Topics include Indigenous Knowledge Systems, trafficking, the global war on drugs, addiction, self-medication, health, homeostasis, informal economies, cultural capital, cultural supremacy, commodification, worldview, taboos, scared, herbs, ecological resources.

Students will understand how different kinds of information are presented to the public. We live in a world that increasingly takes data at face value, and treats anyone presenting information as an expert. This course helps students to understand basic statistical concepts in order to analyze whether information is presented correctly and in good faith. Students will engage in ongoing analysis of data presented in a number of ways, including print media, television and online media, and social media. The prevailing theme of ethics in statistics and media will be of utmost importance.

Honors project-based courses

To earn the honors citation, you are required to successfully complete two one-credit, project-based honors courses which are related to courses in which you are currently enrolled or have recently completed. Each project must include some form of applied learning: fieldwork, internship, service learning, innovative/creative project, and/or undergraduate research. After registering, you will be guided by the honors program coordinator and your advisor to identify a course to which to link your project. You’ll then work directly with a faculty member to design a project that fits your interests and goals. Your project-based courses will help you develop and practice organizational and time-management skills.

Each project-based honors course must include:

  • 45 hours of applied learning (such as fieldwork, internship, service learning, innovative/creative project, and/or undergraduate research)
  • An 8-10 page researched essay
  • A public presentation/demonstration of the project (may take place within a campus or community setting and may include Scholars Day presentations)

Students and instructors are advised to complete learning contracts for semester project-based courses by the end of week six.

Fall 2022

  • Honors Project I: INT 2015 – CRN 3733 – Instructor A. Raynor
  • Honors Project II: INT 2515 – CRN 3734 – Instructor A. Raynor

Spring 2023

  • Honors Project I: INT 2015 – CRN 3423 – Instructor A. Raynor
  • Honors Project II: INT 2515 – CRN 3424 – Instructor A. Raynor

Honors contracts

The honors program sets the requirements for earning the honors citation and coordinates the agreement between faculty members and students. The instructor for each course determines the individual student’s grade.

If you are a faculty member who has agreed to work with an honors student to complete a project-based course, please select the link listed under your division to fill out the required e-contract and begin the process.