Two special courses are required for all Commonwealth Honors College students: Honors 201H, Ideas That Change the World; and Honors 391AH, Topics. In combination, these courses are designed to encourage a spirit of critical inquiry and an appreciation for voices that have impacted humanity.
Honors 391AH is a one-credit seminar in which students explore a specific topic in depth. Topics in these seminars are chosen by their professors and range from examining the neurological connection between mind and body, to exploring the idea of the authentic self, to investigating the complexities of Haiti. Every section is open to students of any major, and advanced knowledge of the topic is not necessary. Students may enroll in one or more of these seminars in a single semester.