When something is challenging, we often think of it in terms of competition. Will I be the best? How much harder will I have to work to be better than everyone else? At the Clark Honors College, with so many bright minds all in one place, we believe that we're better together.
You won't find cutthroat classrooms here. We are a community of thoughtful and motivated individuals, creative thinkers and problem solvers—working together in and out of the classroom. You'll find seriousness and goofiness, living and learning, coming together to support you as the whole, complex person that you are.
Live Where You Learn, Learn Where You Live
Service Learning, Academic Enrichment, and Just Plain Fun
Physics and Film: Jordyn Roach, BS '16
Jordyn’s never met another student majoring in both cinema studies and physics — probably because most people couldn’t imagine how to blend the two. But she accepted the challenge head-on, crafting an honors college thesis film about quantum mechanics.
So be adventurous. Explore a subject you’ve never studied. Jordyn says, "Don’t be thrown off by class names. They end up being super-interesting no matter what. I’ve never had a bad class. Everything had been just very mind-opening."
Discussion (noun). Synonyms: examination, exploration, analysis, consideration, dialogue, study.
Our classes are small and discussion-based. You will be exposed to new ideas, and consider perspectives you've never thought of before. These conversations will force you to evaluate what you believe and think, and to develop your own opinions.
Don't worry, the faculty are there to guide you. Small classes and faculty mentorship are our hallmarks.
A Colloquium on Architecture and Nature
Mentorship Makes Its Mark
Each and every CHC student must undertake an original research project, and defend their findings to a faculty committee, in the form of a senior thesis. On our Oxford study abroad program you can take tutorials, a one-on-one class between just you and your professor.
These are challenging pursuits, things that you certainly have never done before. Now is the time to try, push yourself, and find out just what you're made of. Are you up to the challenge?