Message From the Dean
The Clark Honors College has a deep history and strong foundations. Both a teaching and research college, we bring together the highest caliber of faculty to share their love of acquiring new knowledge with our most motivated and talented students. We encourage all to take intellectual risks and escape the confines of disciplinary boundaries. In the model of classic small liberal arts college education, we demand that students learn to read, write, research, present, and discuss. These skills benefit all students, from scientists to philosophers. Inter-disciplinary breadth, problem-focused inquiry, critical thinking, as well as analytic and communication skills are essential to quality education, and they are also the foundation to adaptability in a world of fast-paced change and new careers.
We also have a great democratizing effect. As a college within a public university, we are able to make a first-class education accessible, often closer to home, and much lower in cost than a comparable private education. The New York Times’ Frank Bruni described learning as a "lifelong awakening to the complexity of the world," and our society, democracy, and planet demand a critical, reflective, and responsive citizenry. We believe that all students should have the opportunity to learn, question, and contribute. We continue in nurturing our students’ success and leadership, and in this way we measure the success of the Clark Honors College.
Terry L. Hunt
Dean, Robert D. Clark Honors College
Associate Professor of Earth Sciences
Instructor of Literature
Class of 2018