Honors Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Leadership Minor

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The Honors Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Leadership minor seeks students who are curious, independent, ambitious, hard-workers, and intellectually engaged with the world of ideas. Our honors curriculum gives honors students opportunities to complete multiple projects of their own choosing and to explore their leadership style and the leadership challenges in their field of study. As an interdisciplinary program, the minor provides experiences that bridge the life-profession divide, professionalizing life degrees and humanizing professional ones.

The Honors Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Leadership Minor requires 15 credit hours.

Life-Profession Designation

Students who earn the Honors Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Leadership minor are waived from the Fusion requirement of completing a life and a profession credential, due to the unique interdisciplinary nature of the honors coursework.

Suggested Path Through the Honors Program

(Will vary by major and Fusion requirements)

Semester 1
HNRS 240 Honors Reading Seminar I (1 cr) or HPRL 318         

Semester 2
HNRS 250 Honors Reading Seminar II (1 cr)

Semester 3
HNRS 260 Honors Design Thinking Studio (1 cr)

Semester 4
HNRS 260 Honors Design Thinking Studio (1 cr)
Honors Option Contract (3 cr)

Semester 5
PDV 465 TA experience or HNRS 240/250 & HPRL 318 Public Seminar (1 cr)
Leadership Elective One (HNRS 326 Leadership Project/HNRS 325 DEI Project/ HNRS 324 Sustainability Project) (1 cr)

Semester 6
Leadership Elective Two(HNRS 326 Leadership Project/HNRS 325 DEI Project/ HNRS 324 Sustainability Project) (1 cr)

Semester 7
Honors Project I (either HNRS 495 or course in major) (1-3 credits) 

Semester 8
Honors Project I (either HNRS 495 or course in major) (1-3 credits)
HNRS 410 Honors Portfolio (1 credit)                                                            

Honors Option Contract

Honors students who have completed a semester at Drury can transform a “regular” Drury class into an honors course thought the Honors Option Contract.

Download Honors Option Contract

The Honors Option Contract allows honors students to take a non-honors class for honors credit. Students who add an honors option to a class must design a research or creative project under the direction of that class’s instructor. Thus the option challenges students to become independent researchers in a manner that is not always possible in a regular class setting. Students who complete honors option contracts are expected to present their work at an Honors Symposium Day.

Students who want to add an honors option to a class should ideally get in touch with the instructor before the start of the semester, but definitely no later than the end of the first week of class. The student should suggest an idea for a project or ask the instructor for ideas. In either case, the instructor may need to lend some guidance in arriving at a workable proposal. Listed below are examples of the kind of work that might be suitable for an honors option.

  • analyze the works of a given group of philosophers;
  • compile an annotated bibliography on a specific topic;
  • view and analyze films on a particular subject, for example, early and late films of a Shakespeare play, such as Hamlet;
  • conduct experiments in the area of robotics, chemistry, or biology (the physics of a guitar; growth-factor gene in zebra fish, fruit fly gene, etc)
  • research a topic and write a paper using primary sources;
  • teach a unit or topic to the class;
  • conduct oral interviews on a specific topic and present findings in video or oral presentation.

A student who wants to add an honors option to a class should do the following:

  • discuss with the instructor the possibility of adding an honors option;
  • decide with the faculty member what the project will entail;
  • submit the proposal on the honors option form;
  • provide all the information that is requested;
  • obtain the appropriate signatures;
  • return the form to Richard Schur in 316 Pearsons Hall by the end of the second week of the semester.

Honors Portfolio Requirement

Honors students will need to complete an approved Honors Portfolio as part of the honors degree. The Honors Portfolio has two purposes. First, it allows a student to document and highlight the good work they have accomplished through the program and provides a record of achievement. Second, the portfolios enable the honors faculty to review the quality of the Honors Program.

View Overview and Checklist

The final Honors Portfolio must include:

  • Portfolio Statement and Overview
  • One assignment or project from every honors course, with a short reflective essay (between 150-200 words) about what was learned in that assignment. We encourage students to organize their portfolios by student learning outcomes and to include papers, power-point presentations, visual projects, short videos, or other kinds of assignments.
  • Offer examples or illustrations of how the student met the six learning goals of the Honors Program: Scholarship, Communication, Real-World Application, Holistic Understanding, Ethics, and Leadership
  • Honors Project components – prospectus or proposal, literature review, final paper, off-campus presentation.

The Honors Program encourages students to “document early and often,” saving assignments and projects from every semester. Honors students should also document attendance on Honors Program and Honors Student Association events. We also encourage students to include any significant learning or growth experience in their portfolio, even if doesn’t occur in an “honors” course. For example, many students will include study abroad, internship, and work experiences in their honors portfolios. In most instances, students will be creating electronic portfolios as websites. Students wishing to create a hard copy portfolio should speak with the Honors Director before proceeding.

The Honors Program reviews a student’s Honors Portfolio each year to evaluate a student’s progress in the program.

Here are some sample portfolios of current and recently graduated students to get a sense of what a portfolio can look like:

These students (and the rest of the honors students) will continue updating their portfolios throughout their time at  Drury. Check back in later semesters to see what our students are up to!

Good Standing in the Program

Honors students must maintain a Drury GPA of 3.5 or higher, make regular progress toward their honors degree by taking a minimum of one honors class an academic year once they have been formally admitted into the program and meeting the co-curricular requirements. If they do not maintain these requirements, they may be placed on honors probation or dismissed from the program.