Honors Courses Courses at Ashford University

Exclusively available to students in the Honors College at Ashford University, these honors classes explore the tenets of the Honors College of leadership, innovation, global perspective, and civic responsibility. Honors College Fellows take all six courses, while Honors College Scholars take the three upper division courses. Upon graduation, the Fellow or Scholar distinction will be on the student’s diploma and transcript. These courses will be taken in addition to the student’s program of study. The lower division courses are designed to fulfill general education requirements. The upper division courses will be applied to the electives.


Honors Courses Class Descriptions and Credit Information

HON 270 Thinking Critically about Global Issues

3 Credits

This course teaches critical thinking through a careful study of global issues. Utilizing principles of logic, including analyzing reasoning and assessing sources, students will examine critical issues of our time. Students will engage in individualized and experiential learning, in conjunction with scholarly research, in order to explore relationships between critical thinking and personal responsibility. The course emphasizes self-motivated research, with an eye to leadership and problem solving. Prerequisite: Must be a current Honors student.

HON 280 Society, Power, and Responsibility

3 Credits

This course will provide students with a foundation for informed and effective civic engagement. Students will assess the civic identities of different cultures, communities, and societies, including their own, evaluating the impacts of various forms of civic engagement. Students will analyze political biases in media, and explain how political policies and discourse impact their lives. Emphasis will be placed on the ways that diverse communities have engaged in various civic processes to create change. Prerequisite: Must be a current Honors student.

HON 290 Studies in Culture and Society: Exploring Diverse Perspectives

3 Credits

In this course, students will explore themes of intercultural and global awareness and apply this knowledge to real life situations, both historical and contemporary. Students will analyze diverse modes of cultural expression and experience from multiple perspectives. Students will also examine how cultural biases are created and how these influence both past and current events. Prerequisite: Must be a current Honors student.

HON 470 Leadership in the 21st Century

3 Credits

This course is designed for students to acquire leadership skills that will benefit society on a global scale. Students will examine the role of leadership in the context of global and societal issues. Additionally, students will move from theory to the practical processes of leadership in the 21st century, while investigating process and content issues related to team building, interpersonal and group dynamics, and effective problem solving and ethical decision making skills in today’s world. Finally, students will be challenged to assess primary global leadership examples, think critically upon the principles evident in our current leaders, and develop a real-world strategy for addressing a relevant societal issue. Prerequisite: Must be a current Honors student.

HON 480 Envisioning Innovation and Creativity in the 21st Century

3 Credits

In this course students will examine the key elements of innovation and creativity in the 21st century. Students will formulate a personal philosophy of creativity and innovation, as well as develop an innovation toolbox. In addition, students will propose idea generation techniques meant to stimulate individual or group problem solving approaches. Finally, students will integrate innovation and creativity strategies within individual discipline-specific work. Prerequisite: Must be a current Honors student.

HON 490 Honors College Seminar

3 Credits

The Honors College Seminar provides students an opportunity for the synthesis and application of content learned throughout their honors coursework though a spiraled process of skill demonstration including reflection, application, and evaluation. Students will use digital tools to create and showcase scholarly artifacts for both academic and professional purposes.