Goals and Learning Outcomes

The John F. Reed Honors Program mission is to provide a close knit community of gifted and motivated student-scholars with exceptional opportunities for intellectual challenge, creative expression, cultural enrichment and personal growth through a program rich in multidisciplinary pedagogy.


Embracing Knowledge: The Honors Program challenges students to look beyond their own specialized field of study and broaden their knowledge by looking at issues and ideas from a variety of angles and perspectives.  They are then asked to share what they have learned with creative and well-constructed arguments.

Interdisciplinary Approaches: Students are asked to expand their own experiences by incorporating other disciplines in their exploration of ideas and problems.  In this way they learn how different disciplines affect each other in our global society.  Students develop the ability to express their own opinions and ideas in an academic and professional atmosphere.

Intellectual Inquiry: Students learn a number of ways to approach research and pursue diverse topics.  They are challenged to look at issues that affect their own disciplines as well as local and global communities.  They are encouraged to use all types of sources in their pursuit of understanding.  Students complete an honors thesis requiring research that is more advanced than that expected in a typical undergraduate program.  The findings of this research are shared with the public in a formal presentation.

Community Scholarship and Service: Students learn what scholarship looks like outside of the academy.  Students are asked to participate in a number of extracurricular activities that will continue to challenge them well beyond the classroom dynamic.  These activities are intended to engage them in the community, encourage dialogue, and help develop strong, dependable, and creative citizens.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate advanced academic writing skills.
  • Students will be able to construct a sound argument.
  • Students will be able to articulate how scholars in a variety of disciplines approach research, both inside and outside the academy.
  • Students will incorporate at least one discipline outside their major(s) in their exploration of an idea or problem. 
  • Students will be able to present nuanced thinking in an effective oral and/or visual presentation.