Honors Colloquium

All SAS Honors Program students are required to complete at minimum one Honors Colloquium. Students who enter the SASHP as first-year students are required to complete a second Honors Colloquium, or an approved alternate: Byrne Seminar, FIGS Peer Instructor, SAS Signature Course (Honors Section), or a credit-bearing study abroad program/course.

The goal of the Honors Colloquium is to stimulate intellectual curiosity and discussion as well as provide students with an interdisciplinary approach to learning. Through discussions, lectures, film screenings, and museum visits, students will explore topics of social, scientific, and philosophical significance.

  • 01:090:111 | Fall Semester
  • 01:090:112 | Spring Semester


Spring 2018 Alternate Honors Colloquium Courses

The following two courses are alternates to the Honors Colloquia and are particularly well suited for juniors and seniors who have not yet taken Honors Colloquium or for students who need a second Honors Colloquium. 

01:090:224:H2 The Great Short Reads
Thursdays 4:30-5:50 PM during select days
35 College Ave, Third Floor
Professor Paul Blaney

01:090:224:H3 The Vietnam War in Film
Tuesdays (double period) 2:50-5:50PM
Honors College, Room N-106
Dean Julio Nazario

Spring 2018 Colloquium

This Spring 2018, the SAS Honors Program “Ethics and Everyday Life” will focus on the significance of applied ethical reasoning across all disciplines. We will use our 10-week, 1-credit mission course to develop ethical reasoning skills by analyzing and debating challenging ethical prompts taken from Collegiate Ethics Bowl. Ethics Bowl is a form of team debate centered around developing ethical principles and applying them to pressing social problems. We will use both the prompts and the format of Ethics Bowl to guide the structure of the course.


Large assembly lectures will be devoted to discussing key ethical theories, as well as methods of debate. We will also have guest lectures from various fields in to discuss the important ethical questions currently facing their fields. Small sections will be split into teams that will work together to prep debate responses and then engage in mock debates. Team roles can range from speaking to providing research and support questions. The goal is that all members come away with a deeper understanding of the difficulty and importance of ethical debate.