The Honors Program
Program is designed to help talented students make maximum use of Bradley's
educational resources. The major goal of the Honors Program is to
establish a learning environment that will encourage students to develop
versatility and independence of thought.
We have designed the program in such a way that students majoring in
any department of the University can participate without adding to their
overall course load. The major component of the Honors Program consists
of special honors sections of General Education courses. Participants
in the program will be required to take at least five of their General
Education courses in sections which have been designed on the premise that
true education involves interpreting facts, not simply memorizing them.
Honors sections will rarely require more work in a quantitative sense,
but they will utilize the kinds of reading and writing assignments that
foster student's ability to formulate reasoned opinions and interpretations.
In addition to these honors sections, Honors Program students are offered
specially designed Honors Seminars which bring faculty and students together
to explore topics not normally covered in standard college courses.
Sample topics of past Honors Seminars include "Debating Tax Policy," "Moral
Issues in Genetic Engineering," "The Nature of Human Violence," "Television
News: Entertainment or Journalism," "The Psychology of Dreaming,"
"Introduction to Zen," "Producing Shakespeare," and "Politics and Media."
Finally, every semester the Honors Program hosts a number of social
and cultural events designed to enrich a student's university experience.
We schedule visits to the local art museum, symphony concerts, and plays.
Also, we are able to take advantage of Peoria's location half-way between
Chicago and St. Louis by offering special trips to plays and other events
in those two cities. Other events include formal dinners with selected
faculty members, picnics, and evening discussions about intellectual topics
or career planning.
The program is intended to build progressively through a student's course
of study at Bradley by encouraging juniors and seniors to avail themselves
of opportunities for independent research in their chosen academic field.
The use of smaller classes, closer student-faculty interaction, special
cultural events, and sponsored lecture series, all promote the kind of
intellectual curiosity that will prepare students to assume leadership
roles in their professions and communities.
Additional questions can be addressed to:
Dr. Robert Fuller
Bradley Hall, Room 139