Honors courses to be offered at FHSU

After months of planning and hard work, two honors courses are ready for the 2015 spring semester at Fort Hays State University and will serve as pilot courses for future classes that will be offered in the 2015 fall semester.

The two courses offered will be Introduction to Philosophy with Dr. Douglas Drabkin, associate professor of philosophy, and Honors College Algebra with Dr. Lanee Young, associate professor of mathematics and Judy Brummer, instructor of mathematics. They will be listed under Honors instead of "PHIL" or "MATH."

They will be open to all students, and classes will have a maximum of 20 open seats. Professors will have full authority of their classes.

In order to create the honors courses, the Fort Hays Honors Society (FHHS) worked closely with the Foundation office throughout the summer and found a donor to help support the creation of the courses.

The next step in getting them approved was taking the idea up to Dr. Chris Crawford, assistant provost for quality management and interim provost. The development committee was then created and made up by faculty members Dr. Gene Rice, chair of the department of philosophy; Dr. Paul Faber, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Joseph Romance, assistant professor of political science; Dr. Jennifer Bonds-Raacke, chair of the Department of Psychology; Matt Means, academic scholarship support specialist; Dr. Crawford and several FHHS members.

"This has been a very involved process, long in the sense that it has always been one of the major goals of FHHS, but short in the time frame it was actually put together," said Michelle Klepper, Fort Hays Honors Society president.

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