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The honors program emphasizes the experiential teaching and learning so important to Montana Western’s collective mission.
Honors classes are reading and writing intensive and offer opportunities to conduct independent research and travel abroad. Students are challenged to perform at the highest levels and experience great satisfaction in meeting those challenges. The honors program is for ambitious students who enjoy being challenged academically and learn best by experiencing.
Sean Eudaily is a previous committee member and an active instructor in the Honors program. Eudaily taught Experiencing Ireland, for which he co-led the class on a 17-day trip to Ireland. Eudaily also co-taught Reading England with Bethany Blankenship in 2006. Another 2006 honors course of his, Visions of the West, produced a framework document to help guide the development of a program in Western studies at Montana Western.
Glasgow’s interest in the pedagogical approaches to interdisciplinary studies informs her work with the honors program. She studies the political economy of health focusing especially on political ideologies informing public health approaches to chronic, noncommunicable diseases. Glasgow co-taught Environment and Society in the spring of 2007, and in the spring of 2010 she taught the Honors course By the Hammer of Thor: Norse History and Culture.
Linda Lyon began working with the Honors program committee in the fall of 2008 and is currently serving as the interim coordinator. She is an ethnobotanist and has helped communities in Madagascar to reinforce the traditional use of plants. She is interested in finding research opportunities for motivated students and has advised Montana Western undergraduates working independently in Yellowstone National Park and at the Lokaro Environmental Reserve in Madagascar. Lyon is also the faculty advisor for the campus environmental interpretation club, which sent four Montana Western students to the National Association for Interpretation conference in the fall of 2008.
Here is just one great example of honors courses at Montana Western. For a full course selection, please visit the Honors courses page.
Experience One scheduling means students have no other classes to clutter their schedule and can travel freely without compromising their studies.
From the shores of the Galapagos Islands to the historic plazas of Europe, Honors classes have broadened our students’ horizons.