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ERIC Number: EJ1080505
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1559-0143
The Cultural Encounters Model: Incorporating Campus Events into the Honors Curriculum
Pfrehm, James; Sullivan, Robert
Honors in Practice, v9 p141-153 2013
Honors students are, almost by definition, committed to excellence. As a result, they tend to be overextended (Guzy). They also "tend to be more eager, exploratory, and experienced than their non-honors counterparts" (Achterberg 77). They typically take a full load of coursework while at the same time juggling clubs, learning communities, governance bodies, athletics, music, theater activities, and community service (Long and Lange 2002). One also assumes that they cultivate a social life and perhaps hold down a part-time job. Such a conspiracy of curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular realities can make it difficult for honors students to engage fully in the cultural resources available to them on a college campus. To provide opportunity and encouragement for honors students to experience Ithaca College's unique culture and identity, the authors have developed an honors seminar called "Cultural Encounters with Ithaca." In this course, which is described in this article, students identify, publicize, attend, discuss, and reflect on a number of campus events. Ultimately, they come away with a deeper understanding of their college's culture and identity as well as a feeling of connection to the campus community. The authors offer the details of this seminar as a potential low-cost, high-impact model for other honors programs to incorporate into their curriculum the rich mix of cultural events available on most campuses.
National Collegiate Honors Council. 1100 Neihardt Residence Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 540 North 16th Street, Lincoln, NE 68588. Tel: 402-472-9150; Fax: 402-472-9152; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York
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