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Students co-facilitate the freshman orientation course, participate in faculty development workshops, serve on the Honors Program governing committee, and function as equal partners in the redesign of the program’s curriculum and requirements. Administrators routinely teach honors courses and seminars. An Undergraduate Research Opportunity program pairs honors students with faculty mentors. Throughout the program students, faculty members, and administrators operate as collaborators in the learning process.
Honors courses, even if they are housed in a particular discipline, incorporate material from multiple disciplines and encourage critical thinking. Specially designed interdisciplinary seminars are offered each semester. Recent topics have included “Political Psychology”, “Future Trends”, ”World Mythology”, “The American South”, “Asian Culture”, “Physics and Metaphysics”, “Women in the Arts”, “The Literature of the Other”, “The African American Experience”, “Self and Other”, and “The Holocaust.”
The Honors Program at FSU expands the locale and text of traditional study. Travel/study experiences are offered as honors seminars and have included:
Honors/International Housing in Cambridge and Frost Halls offers students the opportunity to live in a learning community with special programming to complement their honors courses. Honors FSU Connections (Learning Communities) offer integrated courses and co-curricular activities. Students and faculty members are active participants in state, regional,and national collegiate honors councils. FSU’s Honors Program students are campus leaders active in student government, campus publications, Greek life, and other co-curricular organizations.