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Honors in Engaged Liberal Arts (HELA)

Honors in Engaged Liberal Arts (HELA) is an option for students who wish to combine their academics with civic or leadership experience by developing projects that involve a serious engagement with a significant intellectual, social, political, or practical problem. HELA requires that students draw from their coursework, integrating curricular learning with co-curricular and engaged modes of learning in which they exercise their own agency to solve problems, enhance civic assets, or otherwise catalyze meaningful change within a community.

Unlike like the traditional Honors major, which typically (with a few exceptions) requires the writing and submission of a thesis, HELA requires students to design a community-engaged project, and then prior to graduation, to provide a reflective document about their process and the project’s outcomes as a part of their final presentation to a committee of faculty, community stakeholders, and other students.

Honors in Engaged Liberal Arts may be pursued along with any Honors or non-Honors major in a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree plan, or with a Bachelor in General Studies (B.G.S.). Honors in Engaged Liberal Arts is not in itself a major, so it must be pursued in combination with one of the aforementioned degree plans. Students are encouraged to consider HELA projects early, and to apply at least 3 terms prior to the one in which they hope to graduate.

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