Honors Institute

Honors Institute in Critical Thinking


Honors Institute in Critical Thinking logoIf you are interested in exploring new ideas, taking risks and making a difference in the life of our communities, Jewell has a unique honors program for you. As a complement to your chosen major, the Honors Institute in Critical Thinking delves deep into critical reflection and application.

How to Apply

First, you must complete Jewell's admission application. Simply check that you're interested in Honors and we'll follow up with details about a video application. Jewell faculty select Fellows from a holistic review rather than identifying candidates solely through standardized test scores and high school achievements.

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Components of the Program

  • Coursework

    The emphasis the first two years is coursework—about one class per semester—examining what it means to be a critical thinker in community and how that applies to disciplines outside your major. With the other Fellows in your class, you will practice critical reflection, even at the personal level, becoming aware of your own thoughts and biases.

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  • Practicum

    With guidance from a professor and community mentor, you identify an issue you care deeply about and spend your junior year working on the desired outcome. Your practicum, which can be an individual or group project, dissects a relevant community or world problem. In addition to incorporating elements of critical and creative thinking from multiple areas of study, the practicum requires responsible leadership, concern for the common good and an informed ethic.

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  • Capstone

    Your senior year capstone is a time to reflect on the practicum process and outcomes and analyze other Fellows' projects. You will share your experience in a public venue, such as Jewell's Duke Colloquium, a professional conference, a pitch to a business or a marketing campaign. This comprehensive, tangible product becomes a portfolio for job interviews or graduate school applications.

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