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What is an Honors Course?

Honors courses offer students a deeper and more intense academic experience than traditional classes. They offer a “hands on” and “student-directed” approach to learning and demand that students take ownership over their education by posing questions, examining evidence, and joining the scholarly conversation about course topics. In the Honors Program at Drury University, “honors” courses are not advanced classes that cover more material. Rather, they invite students to be active participants and partners with the faculty in intellectual exploration and knowledge creation. To be identified as an honors course or as an honors-qualified course, a class must employ one or more of the following pedagogies: student-led curricula, student-faculty research, service learning, problem-based learning, and primary source instruction.