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Taking a full and challenging curriculum is an important part of your undergraduate education and makes you a better candidate. The University Honors Program regularly offers two courses that have proven particularly helpful for students pursuing competitive awards. Students do not need to be members of the Honors Program to participate in these courses. Information and the required course interest form are below.

Personal Writing and Advocacy Course Sequence Interest Form

HNRS 370 - Personal Writing Seminar

This seminar helps students develop their personal writing abilities. Students analyze language and rhetorical choices in the genre of the personal essay. Students demonstrate rhetorical flexibility within the genre, considering audience, purpose, and application of the material.

HNRS 380 - Critical Thinking and Advocacy

The focus of this class is on honing the two basic skills of critical thinking and advocacy. In this seminar, students develop a basic system for critical analysis that can be applied generally; test that critical analysis system in a series of practicums to develop the skills necessary to apply it; and develop a basic system for designing effective and ethical persuasive messages.

These classes will be most beneficial for students planning to apply for nationally competitive programs, including national scholarships and fellowships or graduate programs. 


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