HON 110 students pose with matching T-shirts outside of Fisher Student Center.

About HON 110: First-Year Honors Seminar

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington is a public comprehensive university dedicated to excellence in teaching, scholarship and artistic achievement, and service. UNCW's mission statement calls upon its faculty "to stimulate intellectual curiosity, imagination, rational thinking, and thoughtful expression" across all disciplines and professional fields. It also stresses the prime importance of undergraduate teaching.

With that in mind, the purpose of the Honors first-year seminar is not only to explore the campus, but also to delve into the nature of the university and what the "life of the mind" is about. How will a liberal arts education change you and affect your future? This is also a chance to learn about how a seminar operates, to research a topic in depth, and to explore how you will get the most from your years at UNCW. The class is designed to introduce Honors students to the college experience by direct involvement in scholarship, service, and leadership activities. This class format includes guest speakers, workshops and field experiences, collaborative learning, and independent scholarship. There is an emphasis on discussion and there are required student projects.

To explore these topics, we will spend class time in various ways during the fall semester. Class meets from at 12:30 to 1:45 Tuesday and Thursday. Some days we will meet together and some days in your individual sections. Common syllabus materials will be provided in Canvas.

What is a seminar and how is it different from a lecture class?

A seminar is, essentially, a group of people who come together to talk about a particular topic. Seminars are cooperative ventures and their success depends upon the full and active participation of each member of the class. Therefore, conscientious preparation and regular attendance are required. You should expect to be fully and actively engaged in the work of the seminar, whether in connection with class discussions, research, or completion of original projects or reports. If lecture classes tend to emphasize “coverage” through lectures and some reading, seminars tend to emphasize intense reading of books and articles or research into primary sources followed by a group discussion about what everyone is learning and what questions are arising. Regular writing assignments help to ensure that you continue to refine your skills in expository writing.

Cultural Activities and Tickets

The Honors College offers tickets to Honors students for cultural events around the Wilmington/Cape Fear Region. Each year we secure a limited number of tickets to symphonies, lectures, concerts, and passes to area cultural treasures like the Cameron Art Museum, Airlie Gardens, the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, and other venues. Also the Honors Scholars Association will sponsor several cultural activites this year. See below for links to different cultural venues.

Tickets must be picked up from Nikki Kroushl in Randall 2007D. 

Note: All first-year Honors Scholars are required to participate in and react to at least 3 different cultural activities at UNCW or in the Wilmington area during the fall semester. Your seminar instructors have specifics about this.

Service Activities

Most Honors Scholars are interested in volunteer activities on campus or in the community. Below are links to several of the agencies in Wilmington that offer service opportunities. You can also visit the Center for Leadership, Education, and Service for more ideas. The Honors Scholars Association will sponsor several service activities this year.

Note: All first-year Honors Scholars are required to participate in and react to at least 4 hours of volunteer service activities through UNCW or in the Wilmington area (2 different types). Your seminar instructor will have specifics about this.

Links to Local Cultural and Service Opportunities

You may also want to check out the great activities offered by other organizations:  

CSURF Campus Activities and Involvement Career Services

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