The Honors Program is an integrated liberal arts program that emphasizes student discussion of excellent books. The freshman and sophomore courses permit students to complete their University liberal studies requirements through the Honors Program. The junior and senior courses allow students to major or minor in Liberal Studies.
The curriculum in the Whitney Young School of Honors and Liberal Studies is unique; there is no other quite like it in any public university in the nation. The Director of the National Endowment for the Humanities designated the Whitney Young School of Honors and Liberal Studies as one of the five most innovative and promising liberal studies programs in the nation. It is one of twenty-three honors programs in the United States listed as an honors college by the National Collegiate Honors Council and has the second largest number of faculty among these honors colleges. The Whitney Young School of Honors and Liberal Studies is committed to offering a stimulating, high quality, rigorous undergraduate education in liberal studies, preparing students for professional study in law, medicine, the ministry, or graduate school. Graduates of this program have gone on into education, business, computer science, law, and many other fields. Beyond questions of education for a career, the Whitney Young School of Honors and Liberal Studies program develops skills of thinking and imagining that will help students deal with the fundamental questions of human existence, regardless of their career goals.
Thus, in the common course of studies required of all students, the emphasis is on the careful reading and discussion of many of the most important books in literature, history, philosophy, theology, mathematics, and sciences. Classes are small. Students learn to read critically, to speak precisely, to write effectively, and to listen attentively by being required to use some or all of these skills daily. The curriculum is designed not only to help students know, but to help them develop the skills they will need as they take their places in the adult world and in the worlds of the various professions. The honors faculty, housed in the Whitney Young School, are hired and evaluated specifically for their demonstrated ability to teach in a great books curriculum that crosses traditional academic boundaries.
While the Whitney Young School of Honors and Liberal Studies is related to other ?great books? programs throughout the country in its basic orientation, the curriculum at Kentucky State University is not a pale copy of ideas developed at private universities. The courses and curriculum in the School have been developed and adapted to take advantage of the particular conditions at Kentucky State University, and this development is an ongoing process. Class size ranges from 10 to 15 in honors courses.
Whitney Young School of Honors and Liberal Studies students take part in all activities of the University, such as social and academic clubs, student government, choir, band, and intramural/intercollegiate athletics. Students have an opportunity to put the leadership skills that they learn in classes to practical use by serving on the Whitney Young Student Council. The Council was originally created by student initiative and organizes service and social events and acts as a forum for student suggestions and concerns.
The Honors Program offers an entire liberal studies core for freshmen and sophomores. Students who complete the honors core may opt for an honors associate of arts in liberal studies degree. The Honors Program also offers an honors bachelor of liberal studies degree and liberal studies minor.
Curriculum guides are designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation. In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester, known as milestones. Milestones may include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA.
Following the sample academic plan and its milestones will help students stay on track to graduate in four years. Students will need to refer to and/or print both the appropriate Liberal Studies Requirements AND the appropriate major sheet in order to view the complete degree program requirements.
- Liberal Studies General Core Requirements
- Liberal Studies Requirements: Whitney Young School Honors Program
To satisfy the requirements for the Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies through the seminar-based honors program option, a student must complete a minimum of60 semester credit hours. The required courses are HON 101, 102, 121, 122, 141, 142 (HON 131 and 132 can substitute for HON 141 and 142), 143, 144, 201, 202, 211, 212, 213, 214, 221, and 222; and 12 semester credit hours of advised electives.
With the exception of the 12 semester credit hours of advised electives, all courses in the Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Studies through the seminar-based honors program option are defined as major area courses, and all academic requirements for graduation are applicable as defined in this Bulletin.