Introductory Honors Seminars & Honors Reading Seminars

Introductory Honors Seminars

Hampden-Sydney gives its incoming freshmen a chance to broaden their curriculum by participating in the Introductory Honors program. These seminars provide scholars the opportunity to enrich their intellectual interests. The Introductory Honors Seminars, usually team-taught by two professors, have three main goals:

  1. Honors scholars will learn how researchers in various disciplines go about the task of generating, criticizing, and verifying knowledge.
  2. Honors scolars will learn how to relate information and ideas learned in one discipline to those learned in other disciplines.
  3. Honors scholars will learn how to participate meaningfully -- to learn and to contribute to others' learning -- in a seminar setting.

For a list of past and current seminars, click here.

Honors Reading Seminars

Honors reading seminars are small-group discussion courses normally meeting for one hour per week and following one book (classical or contemporary fiction or non-fiction) over the course of a semester. Students participate in and take turns leading discussions. Additional reading, speaking, and writing assignments may be given. These seminars are open to honors scholars (sophomore and above level) and to other students with the instructor's permission, with no prerequisites. These one-credit reading courses are intended to provide additional opportunities for academic pursuit--and bonding--for upper-class honors scholars.