Tutorials: A Unique Honors Experience

February 17, 2017

The Honors Program is full of opportunities for students to advance their education and grant themselves the full “honors” experience - and what better way than by taking an Honors tutorial? Honors tutorials are two credit “mini-courses” created especially for upperclassmen honors students which are designed to promote and facilitate close intellectual discussion between students and interaction with faculty members. Through these additional courses students can gain a more independent educational experience in classes of just around four students and work closely with a professor to explore a topic of interest. Students are graded pass/fail, must successfully complete all assigned requirements, projects, and expectations, to receive credit; they receive 2 credits and fulfill an honors course requirement (students must take an equivalent of 6 honors credits to graduate with distinction).

 

Interested students of junior and senior standing can notify Office Coordinator of the Honors Program Stacey Wanta (stacey.wanta@snc.edu) for approval and further instructions on how to register. Requests will be evaluated on the student’s class standing, number of honors courses already completed, and course/schedule conflicts that demonstrate a need for the tutorial. Included below are descriptions of past and current honors tutorials:

 

Tutorial Options – Spring 2017

 

ARCgis/Storymaps Research

 

Students will conduct research, develop, and create a map layer of the Green Bay, De Pere area.  This map layer answers a question that could be asked and answered of a specific area of interest--such as ethnic groups, income distribution, particular businesses, etc.--of the student or in relation to his or her major. The final project will consist of the submission of a public map layer displaying research findings, a compilation of research and notes into a digital guidebook accompanying the map layer, and a final presentation to group members, the director, and faculty.

 

 

Honors-Killeen Tutorial Collaborative |  Dr. Ben Chan and Fr. Ciferni

 

Students will engage in a series of faculty-led meetings, discussions, workshops, interviews, etc. focused on topics and texts of direct relevance to the Killeen Lecture Series speakers and guests. Sessions will be led by a philosophy and/or theological studies faculty member. As a final project, students will be expected to turn in an analytical/argumentative paper, write a personal reflection journal, and design a community volunteering project.

 

 

“The Museum as Classroom” (March 10 – 16, 2017) | Fr. James Neilson

 

By visiting the permanent collections of two major art museums (The Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art), a special exhibition highlighting the art of tattooing (Tattoo, The Field Museum) and Frank Lloyd Wright's 1909 masterpiece, Robie House, as well as two historic churches (Holy Family and Old St. Patrick's, both structures having survived the 1871 Great Fire of Chicago), the students will experience object-based teaching wherein their immersion into these rich environments of beauty and memory will act as the catalyst for a later public presentation on an artwork/architectural construct they couldn't stop thinking about.

Itinerary Locations (tentative overview)

·        Art Institute of Chicago

·        Museum of Contemporary Art

·        Field Museum

·        Frank Lloyd Wright – Robie House

·        Pre-Chicago Fire church architecture

·        Public sculpture walking tour

·        Tiffany Ceiling @ Macy’s Department Store

 

 

Philosophy in Film | Profs. Daniel Collete and Steven Burgess

 

Students will examine important questions in philosophy with an emphasis on ethics as told through film once per week. The students will read a short text before meeting by either a philosopher who proposes a particular theory exhibited in the film or a philosophical question that is raised.  Films may include Avenue Montaigne, Waking Ned Devine, Good Bye Lenin!, Black Mirror: White Christmas, and Her. As a final project, students will complete a personal reflection journal.

 

 

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Partnership

 

Students will learn about the many aspects of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) of Brown County organization including the structure as a nonprofit, how it fills a need in a community, and recruiting and retaining volunteers. Students will also learn about abused and neglected children and the processes of Child Protection Services (CPS) and the Juvenile Court System. Students will also attend CASA meetings, participate in a service learning event, gain an understanding of the CASA organization and the Volunteer Advocate experience, learn about the juvenile court process and attend hearings, plan and participate in a campus-wide CASA Volunteer Advocate recruitment event, and conduct an interview with a CASA Volunteer Advocate.

 

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