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Honors Program

When you hear the term “Honors Program,” what do you think of?

If you think boring and stuffy – THINK AGAIN!

At Clarke, our philosophy is to provide you with enriched academic opportunities that not only challenge, but invigorate you. In fact, participating in the Honors Program is FUN. (Yes, that’s right, we just said it. Honors coursework is fun!) That’s because when you are an Honors student, you become part of a larger Honors community that explores, learns and bonds together.

Here’s just a taste of what you can expect:

Of ‘course’ you will love it:

  • The Honors Program takes an interdisciplinary approach to learning, which means that Honors courses fall within Clarke’s general education curriculum and include a variety of topics. This means you will find a range of courses to keep your mind sharp and your experience varied.
  • Honors courses don’t just put you in a classroom lecture. Courses are designed to be participatory and often include opportunities to meet outside of the classroom for activities like concerts, film festivals, public lectures, and service-learning projects.

Glasgow_smA ‘world’ of opportunity

The Honors program experience doesn’t have to happen all at Clarke or even in the United States. Clarke honors students are eligible to study abroad in a unique program at the University of Glasgow, which is rated one of the top 100 universities in the world. The Glasgow program provides students with an exceptional study abroad experience that allows students to enroll in sophisticated courses related to their majors.

Socially Speaking

  • As we said earlier, a big perk of the Clarke Honors Program is the community you form by participating in it. To further strengthen that community, we created the “Advantage Program.” This orientation program gives students interested in the Honors Program an opportunity to participate in academic programming and social activities during CONNECT, our welcome program for first-year students. 
  • During the academic year, Honors students benefit from access to the Honors House, a dedicated space that provides a place where students can study, meet, and hang-out.   

Rockin’ Research

  • It’s true – research can be exciting. And, each year when the Honors Program sponsors the Clarke Student Research Conference on campus, the topics are anything but boring.
  • This year, students showcased their best work in a variety of topics including: 
     
    • A Camera Is Worth a Thousand Pieces
    • Challenges facing native Spanish-speakers who learn English as a second language
    • Color changing liquid crystals: Application to LCD displays
    • Diabetes Type 1: An Athlete’s Perspective
    • Observing the Chemotaxis of Physarum towards Different Flavored Wheat Thins
    • The “Health” of Water
    • The Physics of Sound: Study of a Mandolin
  • Another research plus is that at Clarke, first-year Honors Cornerstone students are eligible to attend the Upper Midwest Honors Council Conference each spring and have the chance to present research they conducted throughout the semester.

Learn More

The Honors Program may be just what you are looking for to be challenged and have fun. Contact Ann Pelelo, Ph.D. at ann.pelelo@clarke.edu or Tom Riley, Ph.D. at tom.riley@clarke.edu, Co-directors of the Honors Program, for more information.

Honors Program Resources

Learn More

Contact Ann Pelelo, Ph.D. at ann.pelelo@clarke.edu or Tom Riley, Ph.D. at tom.riley@clarke.edu, Co-directors of the Honors Program, for more information.

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