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.”
For more information on the Honors Program at R-MC, visit http://www.rmc.edu/Academics/honors.aspx.