The Honors Program provides an array of challenging courses.
The Honors House
Since its inception in 1982, the Honors Program
at Randolph-Macon College has provided outstanding students with a unique mix of
academic and social opportunities.
With offerings such as “Dirt, Immunity & Cancer,” “Introduction to the Fairy
Tale,” and “Homer and Hollywood: The Iliad and The Odyssey
in Film,” the Honors Program provides an array of
challenging courses. Drawn from a wide variety of disciplines and often
interdisciplinary in nature, these rigorous courses demand active student participation.
“The Honors Program at R-MC is quite dynamic and challenging,” says Professor Jack
Trammell, director of the program. “Honors students are some of our best students,
and therefore we want to both challenge and reward them. Course offerings change
each year, and each course can be used additionally to satisfy a collegiate requirement,
as well as count toward graduation Honors. Honors students also form strong student
learning communities through membership in the
Student Honors Association and by living in
special housing. We do everything we can to make their experience special.”
Honors students in their junior or senior years delve into in-depth study of a topic
in their field of interest. “These Departmental Honors Projects can assume a wide
variety of forms,” says Trammell. “Students can design their own research, or they
can complete research in a traditional program like the Schapiro Undergraduate Research
Program (SURF). Most often, they collaborate with a department chair or favorite
professor to pursue a topic of interest to both of them.”
A strong sense of community rounds out the Honors Program. “Honors students are
motivated by more than just grades and GPAs,” says Eddie Tu ’11. “We have
social events, such as movie nights, an annual picnic, an annual banquet, and trips
to Richmond. We also volunteer at Fall Fest each year, where we give back to the
Ashland community by providing children with fun and safe Halloween activities.
The Honors Program means a lot to me.”
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