Aletheia Honors Program

Honors Program Description

The Aletheia Honors Program engages high-achieving, active learners in Socratic discourse toward aletheia, unveiled truth, enhancing academic engagement with prominent global scholars. Honors students follow a five-week, cohort-based model that promotes literary analysis, sharpens critical thinking skills, provides campus and community leadership opportunities, and culminates in an international service-learning trip along with a generous scholarship. Open to incoming freshmen, sophomores, and juniors of all majors.

Honors Program Course Numbers, Titles, and Meeting Times

 

Course Number/Title/CreditsDaysTime
HON100   Science and Civic Engagement/2 (Fall)MW3 – 4 pm
HON150   Science and Civic Engagement/2 (Spring)MW3 – 4 pm
HON200   Literature and Leadership/2 (Fall)MW2 – 3 pm
HON250   Literature and Leadership/2 (Spring)MW2 – 3 pm
HON300   Arts and Theology/2 (Fall)TH2 – 3 pm
HON350   Arts and Theology/2 (Spring)TH2 – 3 pm
HON400   Truth, Purpose & Social Change/2 (Fall)TH3 – 4 pm
HON495   Ethics, Worldview & Global Impact/3 (Spring)MW3 – 4 pm

Honors Course Descriptions

HON100  

  • Fall: Freshman year Aletheia courses include Socratic seminars in the following topics: Biology and Scientific Origins of Life, Civic Engagement and Social Change, the Life and Works of C.S. Lewis, and Special Topics. Course length: one semester. 2 credits. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Aletheia Honors Program.

HON 150 

  • Spring: Special topics in science, literature, and civic engagement. Course length: one semester. 2 credits. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Aletheia Honors Program.

 

HON200

  • Fall: Sophomore year Aletheia courses include Socratic seminars in the following topics: History of the Christian Church, Strategic Leadership in the Nehemiah Model, Epic Genres in Global Literature, and Special Topics. Course length: one year. 2 credits per semester. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Aletheia Honors Program.

 

HON250

  • Spring: Special topics in literature and leadership. Course length: one semester. 2 credits. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Aletheia Honors Program.

 

HON300

  • Fall: Junior year Aletheia courses include Socratic seminars in the following topics: Theology and World Religions, Anthropology and Fine Arts, and Special Topics. Course length: one semester. 2 credits. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Aletheia Honors Program.

 

HON350

  • Spring: Special topics in humanities, fine arts, and anthropology. Course length: one semester. 2 credits. Prerequisite: Honors 300 and acceptance into the Aletheia Honors Program.

 

HON400

  • Fall: Senior year Aletheia courses include Socratic seminars in Special Topics as designated by the individual cohort. Course length: one semester. 2 credits. Prerequisites: Honors 300, 350, and acceptance into the Aletheia Honors Program.

 

HON495

  • Spring: For the final course in the Aletheia Honors Program, seniors earn 2 credits for coursework in the Socratic seminar Ethics and Contemporary Thought and 1 credit for the global service-learning trip. Course length: one semester. 3 credits. Prerequisites: HON 300, 350, 400, and acceptance into the Aletheia Honors Program.

Next Steps 

Application Deadline:

  • Applications must be received by April 13, 2018.

Application Process:

  • Interested applicants should send a 500-word essay on the value of Christian scholarship to aletheia@sdcc.edu. Students who pass the first round of the application process will be invited to a personal interview with the Program Chair.

 

Invitation Deadline:

  • Qualifying applicants from the first round will be notified in writing within one week of their essay submission and invited to the second round of program application.

 

Notification Deadline: 

  • Qualifying applicants from the second round of application will be notified of their acceptance status within one week after the interview.