Program Requirements

In the "Academic at Albion" section of this catalog, the College’s core curriculum is described. Part II of this curriculum requires that all students take a course that will introduce them to each of the following five Modes of Inquiry:

  1. Textual Analysis
  2. Artistic Creation and Analysis
  3. Scientific Analysis
  4. Modeling and Analysis
  5. Historical and Cultural Analysis

Since all Honors courses fulfill a Modes of Inquiry requirement of the College’s core curriculum, Honors students can satisfy as many as four of this five-course requirement with Honors classes. Additionally, Honors students can satisfy part of the College’s distribution requirement (one fine arts course, two humanities courses, two science courses and two social science courses) by taking Honors seminars.

Students have two distribution options for their four Honors courses. They may: (a) take courses that count for four different Modes of Inquiry from at least three different divisions of the College or (b) take courses from all four divisions of the College that count for at least three different Modes of Inquiry.

All courses to meet the Honors core must be taken for a numerical grade.

To guide Honors students in their selection of Great Issues courses, the following numbering system is used:

HSP 12xH—Natural Science & MathematicsHSP 1x1H—Textual Analysis
HSP 13xH—HumanitiesHSP 1x2H—Artistic Creation and Analysis
HSP 15xH—Social SciencesHSP 1x3H—Scientific Analysis
HSP 17xH—Fine ArtsHSP 1x4H—Modeling and Analysis
HSP 1x5H—Historical and Cultural Analysis 

For example, HSP 154H would be a Great Issues in Social Science seminar that satisfies the Modeling and Analysis Mode.