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Successful completion of the Honors course curriculum requires that you earn sixteen Honors credits from a total of four courses. The core curriculum may be completed in four semesters with maximum flexibility for academic, clinical, internship, and work needs of students. The typical path, however, is to take one Honors course per year.

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The semester by semester College Honors Core Curriculum is set forth below.

The College Honors Core Curriculum Four Year Sequence:

HNRS 101 - First Year Seminar

The Honors First Course Seminar (FCS) provides a comprehensive introduction to Honors-level learning. Seminar courses are developed around an academic theme or topic based on the expertise of each course instructor. Together with a peer facilitator, the FCS instructors introduce students to the academic and co-curricular programming of the College Honors Program and to all-college life generally. FCS seminars emphasize critical reading, writing, and discussion and focus on intellectual engagement, experiential learning, the methodology of the discipline being studied, and social responsibility to the larger community. FCS students will also participate in the Ramapo Summer Reading Program. This course fulfills the General Education requirement for First Year Seminar.

HNRS 220 - International Issues Seminar

The College Honors International Issues Seminar offers an opportunity for students to  focus on the international, intercultural and interdisciplinary features of culture in a  discipline interesting to them. Possible courses focus on language, business, and contemporary issues such as the concentration of global media ownership, multi-cultural media within and outside the United States, the international system of communication, alternative journalism, the impact of new technologies on industry, and global and multicultural issues in literature and the arts. Courses will include features such as guest speakers, study abroad – depending on the semester and the topic. This course fulfills the General Education requirement for International Issues.

HNRS 320: Honors Ethics

The College Honors Ethics Seminar offers an opportunity for students to focus on the exploration and development of personal values, civic engagement, and applied ethics. Courses offered will include an opportunity for students to develop their individual moral identity based on critical analysis of personal background, readings and discussion. Texts, art and materials in a variety of media may include consideration meta-ethics, normative ethics, applied ethics, political philosophy, ethics in the professions, and ethics in art. Ethics will be considered in a social, cultural and historical context. Courses will include experiential components designed to assist students in becoming responsible members of the local and wider communities as contributing members. This course fulfills the General Education requirement for Topics: Arts/Humanities.

HNRS 420: Honors Senior Seminar

The College Honors Interdisciplinary Senior Capstone Seminar offers an opportunity for students to recognize how they can use knowledge within their own disciplines to contribute in broad interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary issues. Students will also gain appreciation of the contributions made by disciplines outside their own. Courses offered will include an opportunity for students to develop graduate and professional communication and collaborative skills. Seminars will include team projects, together with seminar and individual research work. Courses will include deep experiential components designed to assist students in assessing their proposed approaches.