Junior Honors Seminars provide undergraduate Honors students with a graduate-style seminar experience. The classes meet in small groups (twelve maximum) once a week to investigate and discuss a particular topic from multidisciplinary perspectives. These seminars challenge students by taking them outside the specialized focus of their major and by asking them to approach complex issues or problems in new ways. Emphasis is on student participation, on writing and speaking to the point, on analysis, and on intellectual growth.
Honors 491 courses are taught with a W-focus designation and sometimes also satisfy other General Education focus requirements, such as Ethical Issues (E) and Oral Communications (O).
Most students take this course the first semester in the Upper Division Honors Program. Students must be accepted as Upper Division students before being able to enroll in the course.