Kalamazoo Valley Community College

About The Honors Program

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.

Program requirements:

  • 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 July 2004.
Stephen Louisell
(269) 488-4335
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Honors Program Office Room 7363
6767 West O Avenue