Curriculum & Pedagogy
Our honors curriculum is developed in collaboration with nationally recognized academic leaders and satisfies the general requirements of almost any major offered within a Bachelor’s degree track.
At most universities, introductory classes are taught in large lecture halls to hundreds of students at a time. At American Honors, most classes are capped at 20 students to foster small group dialogue and ensure every student receives attention from his or her professors.
Academic Growth and Development
Within our curriculum, we focus on four elements to enhance your academic growth (inline with the objectives laid out by the National Collegiate Honors Council):
- Critical Thinking: Evaluating and addressing different points of view to become independent thinkers
- Analysis and Synthesis of a Broad Range of Materials: Exploring and contrasting different source materials to draw critical hypotheses
- Hypothesis Development and Research Methods: Using frameworks from different disciplines to produce innovative conclusions
- Effective Communication Skills: Written and oral communication, communication style, and idea presentation
Our aim is to create independent and critical thinkers who are able to demonstrate the ability to use knowledge and logic when discussing an idea—while considering the consequences of those ideas for themselves, others, and society.
Real World Application of Knowledge
We provide opportunities for exploration across many economically and socially relevant themes. Emphasis is placed on the following interdisciplinary topics:
- Globalization: The opportunities and challenges created by an increasingly connected, interdependent planet—such as diversity/multiculturalism, climate change, migration, and international security.
- Digital Citizenship: The issues involved in operating in the age of the Internet, including the skills needed to communicate effectively, ethical/legal questions around privacy, access to info, virtual collaboration, and piracy.
- Agents of Change/Innovation: Understanding the natural and man-made forces that drive change—from evolution and chemical catalysts, to great leaders and social movements.
*American Honors at Ivy Tech has offered select classes for the Spring 2013 Semester. A full roster of honors courses will be offered beginning Fall 2013.
Our goal is to ensure the successful transfer of as many credits as possible to a four-year college or university. Students are required to take a full time course load each semester, with the goal of completion in two years. To receive an Associate of Arts degree, students must complete 60-62 credit hours of coursework as stipulated by requirements laid out by Ivy Tech and American Honors.
In the event that a course needed to satisfy a particular associate’s degree is not offered, we will help you identify the appropriate course within Ivy Tech’s general course offerings.
Fall 2013 Course Offerings
Honors English Composition
Honors English Exposition and Persuasion
Honors Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Honors General Chemistry
Honors Introduction to Sociology
Honors Introduction to Psychology
*Additional sophomore-level courses will be available for the 2014-2015 school year.