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Senior Synthesis

I like the way honors core is spread out. I think it's a good idea which makes it easier for the juniors and seniors to be more grounded in the honors community throughout their entire college careers.

—Tim DeBold

Seniors conclude their interdisciplinary honors experience with a senior synthesis course. In order to meet the demands of senior schedules, these are discrete courses which meet at different times of day. Students choose one interdisciplinary topic for the entire semester.

The question which all honors senior synthesis courses seek to answer is "What are the obligations of the educated citizen? What, therefore, should we do?"

There is a great deal of variety in the way this course is approached. One version is team-taught by a philosopher and biologist to explore "Mind and Brain." An economist teaches a version on the topic of "Work Without Pay." A literature and an art professor team teach a course taught in Austria on "Fin de Siecle Vienna."