Comment | Opportunities for humanities majors are scarce at Honors College

I absolutely love it here in the pit. The classes I took were fun and the professors were excellent Being part of the student community is a fun experience.

While trying to create a degree plan, as a Major in Political Science and Sociology, I realized that planning for an Honors degree was more difficult than I had initially expected. I knew it would be more difficult, but I did not expect the lack of opportunities offered by Honors College non-STEM majors. They have options, but they are not Honors is hard to find because of poor communication with students.

Accordingly Website of Honors College, There are a handful of ways to graduate with honors. Outside of the classroom curriculum, research involving additional seminars or tasks that you must complete to increase points, independent study, and certain study programs abroad – the first way is to take adequate honors and experience credits. Compatible with Apple. It takes 18 Honors Credits and six Experience Credits to complete that requirement, while the other syllabus is not bad, requires 1,200 points and is estimated to take about five to eight semesters.

For those who want to pursue this option, classes based on the Humanities are currently limited. But if you do not take at least one honors class a year, you are more likely to be included in probation and expelled from college.

If you find it very difficult to take multiple classes above your major requirements, there is also the BPhil route. A Bachelor of Philosophy Along with writing and defending a thesis is another type of degree that you can earn through independent research During your undergraduate education. But students who apply to the program know that getting a BPhil requires more effort than a typical BA or BS. This is a time consuming and difficult job and honestly, if you do not want to pursue research or further education, it is not very useful.

The main problem is that it is difficult to find opportunities as a non-STEM major due to lack of communication from Honors College. Humanities majors certainly have opportunities – they are not very accessible to students who plan their own Honors Path on their own.

He explained this in a conversation with David Hornyak, assistant dean of Honor’s College. He said that by taking a group of classes, students want to “read, write and think across topics.” Although taking one or two STEM classes, Hornack said, “Another option we have is to work with some professional schools, such as law schools. [where] We have some law courses designed for Honors students.

I think classes in graduate schools will be more beneficial to non-STEM majors than anything else. They give you that challenging atmosphere while working to the interests of many students. This opportunity is here for us, but it is not explicitly presented as an option and it is something you need to learn about and talk to your mentor.

If you want to take regular Honors courses, Humanities Majors have only a few options. Looking at the selection of Honors classes for the 2022 semester at Peoplesoft, students are offered a total of 49 Honors courses. Most classes are either entirely STEM or Humanities courses that have something to do with science, medicine or mathematics. From my point of view, these classes seem to be curated for STEM majors, rather than attracting human subjects.

Hornak said students are encouraged to reach out to the Honors Faculty about the classes they believe should be offered at the Honors level.

“If you’ve been in a class and they’re really good and / or the class is really enjoyable, encourage them to submit the course as an honors course,” Hornack said.

Partly because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Honors College seems to be lagging behind in communication with students. Now that regular activities seem to be returning, current students need to navigate and tell the faculty what they want in an honors education. Future Honors students will reap the benefits of our communication, but we will not.

The Honors College takes steps to listen to students and implement the classes and programs that students want to take. Negotiations are underway to establish a Student Council to speak directly with Honors College faculties, and require mandatory meetings with Honors Advisers to keep students on track. The Student Council provides an opportunity for students to speak directly with the faculty and to say exactly what we want. Mandatory advice will keep students updated on all the opportunities we have for Honors College.

If Pitt is going to advertise Honors College for all majors, there should be more courses and opportunities available to students in all subjects and disciplines. Fortunately, Hornyak plans to expand the Honors College curriculum and add more opportunities for non-STEM majors in multiple ways.

To find the best way to complete your Honors degree, feel free to contact your Honors Adviser and look at the different options. At first glance, it may not seem like an attractive and accessible option, but with the right communication and conversation with your mentors and other faculty members, it is more flexible to earn an honors degree.

Livia Lamarca writes extensively on American politics and pop culture. Write to her [email protected].

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