Courses

Kairos courses are handpicked by our director to ensure you make the most out of your collegiate experience. The minimum number of Honors Credit hours required for the Honors Diploma is 24. Most of these hours are located in the general education core. Here are some classes currently in rotation:

Freshman Year Required Courses

HONR-LU101 & LU102 Freshman Seminar – 3 hrs


Kairos Gateway is an opportunity for the freshman cohort to examine the purpose of a liberal arts education and answer questions about what kinds of people it creates. It is the communal center of social life for our incoming freshmen. The Kairos sections of Benevolence and Global Perspectives further connect freshmen with each other and the university’s values.




HONR-EN110 Rhetoric & Research – 3 hrs


Kairos Rhetoric & Research is a mandatory class for all of our incoming freshmen which exposes them to and prepares them for the elevated demands of college writing. This class provides an environment which is both critically heightened and also extremely supportive of each individual student’s growth. It equips our students to succeed in a college environment while also guiding students in what it means to read intelligently for pleasure.




HONR-HU201 Foundations of Western Culture – 3 hrs


Kairos Foundations of Western Culture presents students with a core collection of ancient texts which are formative for the western literary and philosophical tradition. From these texts and the cultural history provided in the class, students can begin to trace the history of influential ideas from Homer into the present day. The class guides students as they learn how to synthesize textual evidence to form arguments. Students then construct arguments in class, in papers, and on exams, which habituates students to think critically about texts and arguments.




HONR-BS112 Environmental Science – 4 hrs


In Kairos Environmental Science, students discover how ecosystems develop and sustain themselves. In the lab portion of the class, students go on adventures with their professor to apply what they have learned to the local environment. It teaches our students to develop a growing sense of their connectedness to creation in both scientific and personal ways while also encouraging students to apply learning in situations outside of a physical classroom.





Sophomore Year Required Courses

HONR-491 Honors Colloquium – 1-3 hrs


Honors Colloquium is an interdisciplinary seminar offered each spring for variable credit. In this class, Kairos students meet to discuss an overarching question or topic in relation to three different disciplinary perspectives. Each semester, three professors rotate leadership of the class in four-week sections, challenging students to constantly think in new ways about a topic. This class is especially unique because it often connects Kairos upperclassmen who have already completed other Kairos courses and because it so heavily encourages the interdisciplinarity that Kairos emphasizes in the program as a whole.





Courses Offered Every Year

HONR-491 Honors Colloquium – 1-3 hrs


Honors Colloquium is an interdisciplinary seminar offered each spring for variable credit. In this class, Kairos students meet to discuss an overarching question or topic in relation to three different disciplinary perspectives. Each semester, three professors rotate leadership of the class in four-week sections, challenging students to constantly think in new ways about a topic. This class is especially unique because it often connects Kairos upperclassmen who have already completed other Kairos courses and because it so heavily encourages the interdisciplinarity that Kairos emphasizes in the program as a whole.





Courses Offered Every Other Year

HONR-LU101 & LU102 Freshman Seminar – 3 hrs


Kairos Gateway is an opportunity for the freshman cohort to examine the purpose of a liberal arts education and answer questions about what kinds of people it creates. It is the communal center of social life for our incoming freshmen. The Kairos sections of Benevolence and Global Perspectives further connect freshmen with each other and the university’s values.




HONR-EN110 Rhetoric & Research – 3 hrs


Kairos Rhetoric & Research is a mandatory class for all of our incoming freshmen which exposes them to and prepares them for the elevated demands of college writing. This class provides an environment which is both critically heightened and also extremely supportive of each individual student’s growth. It equips our students to succeed in a college environment while also guiding students in what it means to read intelligently for pleasure.




HONR-HU201 Foundations of Western Culture – 3 hrs


Kairos Foundations of Western Culture presents students with a core collection of ancient texts which are formative for the western literary and philosophical tradition. From these texts and the cultural history provided in the class, students can begin to trace the history of influential ideas from Homer into the present day. The class guides students as they learn how to synthesize textual evidence to form arguments. Students then construct arguments in class, in papers, and on exams, which habituates students to think critically about texts and arguments.




HONR-BS112 Environmental Science – 4 hrs


In Kairos Environmental Science, students discover how ecosystems develop and sustain themselves. In the lab portion of the class, students go on adventures with their professor to apply what they have learned to the local environment. It teaches our students to develop a growing sense of their connectedness to creation in both scientific and personal ways while also encouraging students to apply learning in situations outside of a physical classroom.





Colloquium

HONR-491 Honors Colloquium – 1-3 hrs


Honors Colloquium is an interdisciplinary seminar offered each spring for variable credit. In this class, Kairos students meet to discuss an overarching question or topic in relation to three different disciplinary perspectives. Each semester, three professors rotate leadership of the class in four-week sections, challenging students to constantly think in new ways about a topic. This class is especially unique because it often connects Kairos upperclassmen who have already completed other Kairos courses and because it so heavily encourages the interdisciplinarity that Kairos emphasizes in the program as a whole.