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EIU Pine Honors College

Qualities of Honors Courses at Eastern

An ideal Honors Course at Eastern Illinois University ...

  • Encourages critical and analytical thinking, and provides ample opportunity for structured reflection;
  • Incorporates problem-solving skills;
  • Engages students in the learning process;
  • Sharpens communication skills;
  • Is integrative, and connects skills and knowledge gained from multiple courses and experiences;
  • Accentuates one-on-one interactions;
  • Exhibits inquiry-based learning;
  • Encourages collaboration in assignments and projects;
  • Encourages intellectual curiosity and intellectual risk taking;
  • Evidences openness to new ideas; and
  • Demonstrates pedagogical innovation and experimentation.


As appropriate to the scope and focus of the course, Honors courses ...

  • Are interdisciplinary;
  • Emphasize diversity and global learning, and encourage intercultural knowledge and competence;
  • Are writing intensive; and
  • Emphasize service-learning and community based-learning in order to allow for real-world application of knowledge.

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Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College

Pemberton Hall South
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-2017
(888) 440-4664
Fax: (217) 581-7222

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