About the program:
The Honors Program is a reading and writing intensive learning community
that aims to prepare graduates to transfer to top-notch colleges and universities.
Successful applicants are expected to graduate from Kalamazoo Valley
Community College before they transfer. The
program theme is New Urbanism--especially Jane Jacobs's ideas on how to
create vibrant cities. Seventy percent of the world's population is expected
to be urbanized by 2050; therefore, it is critical that we learn how to make
cities work well. Click here to find out more about New Urbanism.
- ENG 160-Honors college writing and research (Fall; 4 credits)
- HUM 120-Honors seminar: Writing about cities (Winter; 3 credits)
- ENG 111-Honors college writing II: Literature (Winter; 3 credits)
- PSY 270-Honors teaching assistantship (Fall & Winter; 3 credits)
- SOC 202-Honors urban sociology (Winter; 3 credits)
- Fifteen hours of community service each semester
- Weekly summaries of articles selected from The Economist magazine
Honors Program students spend a considerable number of hours each week preparing
their assignments. The workload is equivalent to what is expected at selective liberal arts colleges.
About the program director:
Stephen Louisell was hired as a faculty member in 1970. Since that time, he
has taught psychology to over 25,000 students, directed the nursing program,
chaired his department, and served as president of the faculty union; he
took on the
additional duty of directing the Honors Program in