CSI Honors Program

Frequently Asked Questions about Honors Core and Departmental Classes

FAQs about CSI Honors Program

  1. What are honors courses?
  2. Are honors courses more work?
  3. How many honors courses should I take?
  4. Are honors courses required for the Honors Program?
  5. Who can take honors courses?
  6. What are the perks of taking honors courses?
  7. What should I know about the “theme” of honors courses?
  8. What do other students have to say about honors courses?
  9. What courses are offered as honors courses?

1. What are honors courses?

Honors courses are special sections of classes at the College of Southern Idaho that have been designed and implemented with serious students in mind!  These courses allow students to fulfill general education or major requirements just as any other class would, but to do so in an environment with other students who share the same academic goals. 

2. Are honors courses more work?

These aren’t classes that require MORE work; rather, they are classes that offer DIFFERENT work.  More project-based learning, more independent discussion and conversation, more high-quality student-professor interaction, and more reading of primary research are just a few of the approaches that characterize an honors section.  In a nutshell, honors courses work very hard to avoid any scenario that might look like “doing an extra paper.”  Honors courses DO NOT add additional work of the same type.  They adjust, adapt, and modify to a classroom of exceptional students.  They assume a classroom population of inquisitive learners who take responsibility for their own learning and never settle for less than their best academic effort.

3. How many honors courses should I take? 

As many as possible!  We encourage honors students to take as many honors courses as possible to fulfill their degree requirements.  Students should not worry about having more than one honors course a semester.  The courses are designed to work together in an interdisciplinary fashion and the more honors courses that students have, the better the experience will be.

4.  Are honors courses required for the Honors Program?

Yes.  Students who are in the Honors Program are required to take at least one honors core or departmental class a semester.

5. Who can take honors courses?

Honors courses are open to anyone who would like to take them (admission to the Honors Program is not a requirement).  These classes are specifically marketed, however, to students who are recommended by instructors or to students with a 3.5 GPA or above.

6. What are the perks of taking honors courses?

These classes are specially designated on transcripts (all honors sections end with an “H” in the section number) and look great for resume building and transfer applications.  Students who accumulate 15 honors credits while at CSI will receive special distinction on both their diplomas and transcripts.

These classes also provide additional preparation for the environment one can expect at a university in 300 or 400 level courses, making them very helpful in transitioning to a college or university beyond CSI.

7. What should I know about the "theme" of honors courses?

The Honors Program and the honors core and departmental classes share a common theme each year upon which they approach their individual subject matter.  Faculty who teach honors classes work together to implement this theme through common papers, projects, discussions, etc.  This provides a very unique educational experience where students can approach material from competing interdisciplinary perspectives and approaches. For the 2009-2010 academic year the theme will be:

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Politics, People, and the Planet

8. What do other students have to say about honors courses?

"I have taken the US History classes 1 and 2…… and I have enjoyed both of them a lot. It's wonderful to be in a class with other students who want to learn, and being in the honors class ensures that there is always lively, intelligent discussion. The instructor is an awesome professor. I'm not even a big fan of history, and he makes it interesting. I took the US History classes as honors because I knew they would challenge me, and I wish even more honors classes were available." 

"Psychology 101 Honors "edition" is very good!  The class is more in-depth and I learned a lot more in the first week of class about Psychology than I did in an entire year taking it at my high school.  I would recommend taking this class to anyone!"

"The Honors COMM 101 class has been a very good experience.  When I began the class, I was afraid I was in over my head, but the class was manageable yet still challenging, and it was very rewarding."

9. What courses are offered as honors courses?

We’re so glad you asked!  The exact offerings vary from semester to semester.  An up-to-date listing can be acquired from the Honors Program Director at any time.

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