Center for High Achievement & Scholarly Engagement
University Honors Program

Honors Courses

Honors courses at Butler University are quite distinctive from other college and university honors programs and from honors courses in most high school curriculum. At Butler, our courses are designed to get students thinking on topics they might not otherwise have a chance to consider. Ideally, our courses will prepare students for one of the most important aspects of a college education: Learning to think for oneself.

"I learned a lot about myself in [my honors] class and I really think it was my saving grace this semester."

"It is really hard to put into words what this course has done for me. It has absolutely changed my life for the better."

"Wow! This course was an eye opener... I could express my ideas much more freely. Oh what a lovely, lovely thing."

To that end, Butler's honors program does not routinely offer "honors" sections or "advanced" sections of courses that will be required by a student's major or as part of Butler's core curriculum. Our honors courses are hands-on learning experiences that bring together faculty and students from all areas of the university for discussion, projects, field trips, and other forms of experiential learning.

"My honors course was so incredibly different from any other course I have ever taken in my life... There aren't a lot of classes where you have the luxury of focusing on one topic or story the entire semester."

"I got to use skills that other courses neglect to nurture."

"The class was very well organized and well taught. Students of all different views felt free to express opinions."

Our ideal model for honors courses at Butler are the conversations many people find themselves in by 3:00 in the morning at summer camp, or in the dorms, talking and debating topics such as human rights, religion, sexuality, politics, media and society, etc. We feel that this style of teaching will lead students to figure out where they stand in the world when it comes to a variety of topics that they will inevitably encounter at Butler University and beyond.

"The class environment was relaxed and conducive to learning."

"It is such a pleasure to take a class where the instructor is obviously passionate about what he's teaching."