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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.