Capital Scholars Honors Program

A Unique UIS Baccalaureate Experience

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Email: capitalscholars@uis.edu
Office Phone: (217) 206-7246
Office Location: LRH 101

The Capital Scholars Honors Program (CSHP) is a four-year baccalaureate experience open to a small number of highly qualified college students. The CSHP curriculum includes an integrated core of honors-level lower- and upper-division courses, UIS general education requirements, and any of the undergraduate majors offered by UIS. Academically well-prepared and motivated students in the program have a unique opportunity to develop creative thinking, problem-solving, global awareness, and leadership skills through a high-quality educational experience grounded in the liberal arts. Focusing on the student’s total growth in the personal, academic, social, and civic arenas, the Capital Scholars Honors Program features interdisciplinary and collaborative learning and is designed to develop student talents through small classes that encourage lively exchange between students and professors. Students learn actively, applying their skills to real community concerns. Critical-thinking and research skills are emphasized throughout the program.

At the heart of the Capital Scholars Honors Program is an understanding that the problems facing today’s world are complex, and often cannot be adequately understood or resolved from narrow disciplinary perspectives. Instead, a broad perspective and the application and integration of knowledge from multiple disciplines are needed. For that reason, the program focuses on teaching and learning of interdisciplinary research and writing strategies. Development of leadership skills, collaborative learning, global awareness, and cultural competency are also major emphases in the CSHP.  Skills learned in UIS Honors courses can be applied via numerous internship opportunities in community agencies and organizations.

Lincoln Residence Hall is the focal point for a living-learning community in which students, faculty, and community members come together for enrichment activities.  Students have opportunities for travel to cultural and educational events in St. Louis and throughout central Illinois. A wide range of campus social events and entertainment enliven the hours students spend away from their studies.

Admission

Admission is selective, but open to students who demonstrate high academic achievement and a potential for creativity and leadership. Students admitted to the Capital Scholars Honors Program are expected to have English proficiency, excellent written and oral communication skills, and a desire for a challenging intellectual experience in their college education.  To be considered for admission as a Capital Scholars Honors student, applicants must meet the minimum academic course work requirements for general admission. Additional course work is recommended in the following areas:

  • Mathematics including introductory through advanced algebra, geometry, and trigonometry (four years recommended)

  • Laboratory science (four years recommended)

  • Foreign language (two years recommended)

Students with these qualifications are selected based on an overall evaluation of the following: grade point average; College Board or ACT score; class rank; personal and academic statement; and creative or leadership potential.  Applications that contain an ACT composite of 24 or higher and a high school CGPA of 3.0 or higher, will automatically be considered for admission to the Honors Program.  A personal or telephone interview with a member of the admissions committee may also be a component of the selection process.

ACT/SAT scores are waived for international students who meet other specific criteria related to language proficiency.

Honors, Advanced Placement (AP), and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) course work make a stronger application.

Requirements

To graduate from the Capital Scholars Honors Program at UIS, students must complete 120 hours of course work, including the CSHP Integrated Core curriculum; Honors Global Awareness requirement; UIS ECCE and general education requirements; a major; and electives or a minor.

The student's final,  overall, UIS cumulative GPA at the time of graduation must be a minimum of 3.0 to be eligible to graduate with CAP Honors designation.

CSHP Integrated Core Curriculum
CAP 102Introduction to Honors2
CAP 111Honors Composition3
CAP 115Interdisciplinary Writing3
CAP 141
CAP 142
Biology and Chemistry of the Environment I
and Biology and Chemistry of the Environment II 1
8
The “Question” Courses (Interdisciplinary humanities and social sciences)12
Who Am I? Exploring Identity and Community
How Do You Know? Exploring Human Knowledge
What Is Good? Exploring Values and Tradeoffs
What Is Power? Exploring Control, Cooperation, and Self-Determination
Senior Seminar
Honors Global Awareness Requirement 14-16
The Honors Global Awareness Requirement is met through various courses, such as Modern Languages, Study Abroad, and ECCE Global Awareness courses. One of the CAP Global Awareness courses must be taken to meet three hours of the Honors Global Awareness Requirement. Students may take multiple CAP Global Awareness courses, but may not repeat the same course for additional credit. Course work for the Honors Global Awareness Requirement is determined in consultation with the CSHP advisor and must be approved by the CSHP Director. Electives are determined in consultation with the CSHP advisor, approved by the Director, and submitted by student petition to the Office of Records and Registration.
Examples of CAP global awareness courses from which students should select to fulfill at least three hours of Honors Global Awareness Requirement include the following:3
ECCE: For Better and For Worse
ECCE: Walls
ECCE:How the World Works
ECCE: Global Gender/Transnational Sexualities
ECCE: Colonial and Post Colonial Identity in South Asia
ECCE: Global & Transnational Social Movements
ECCE: Spaces of Encounter in East Asia
ECCE: The Pacific War: World War II in East Asia
Other CSHP advisor-approved electives11-13
General Education Requirements in CSHP Integrated Core Curriculum
Oral Communication3
Mathematics (applied)3-4
Mathematics (skills)3-4
Social Science3
Visual/Creative/Performing Arts3
Total Hours58-62
1

CAP 141 & CAP 142 are waived for science majors who take and pass other science courses (such as BIO 141 and CHE 141).

Courses

CAP 102. Introduction to Honors. 2 Hours.

Prepares students in the Capital Scholars Honors Program at UIS for University life and Honors level interdisciplinary coursework. It is both knowledge and skill based. A grade of C or better is required for remaining in the CAP Honors Program. Course Information: Prerequisite: Admission to the Capital Scholars Honors Program. Restricted to Capital Scholars Honors students with Freshman standing. Course may not be repeated. This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the area of Freshman Seminar.

CAP 111. Honors Composition. 3 Hours.

In the first course of the Capital Scholars Honors First Year Writing sequence, students build critical thinking and writing skills in a workshop environment. A grade of C or better is required to progress to the CAP 115 and CAP 123 link. Course Information: Prerequisite: Admission to the Capital Scholars Honors Program. Restricted to Capital Scholars Honors students. This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the area of Written Communication (IAI Code: C1900R).

CAP 115. Interdisciplinary Writing. 3 Hours.

In the second course of the First Year Writing sequence, students will explore interdisciplinarity and research techniques while producing integrative assignments. Major writing assignments evolve from and complement the course CAP 123, How Do You Know? Exploring Human Knowledge. Students must enroll concurrently in CAP 115 and CAP 123 and pass both courses in the same semester. Course Information: Prerequisite: CAP 111 with a grade of C or better. Restricted to Capital Scholars Honors students. This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the area of Written Communication (IAI Code: C1900R).

CAP 122. Who Am I? Exploring Identity and Community. 3 Hours.

Explores the concept of self. Major topics include the definition of self in various times and cultures, the relation of self to others and to society, the definition and presentation of self at various stages of life, and other factors affecting understanding of self, self-development, and community. Course Information: Prerequisite: Admission to Capital Scholars Honors Program. Restricted to Capital Scholars Honors students. This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the area of Social and Behavioral Sciences or the area of Comparative Societies Humanities. 420188.

CAP 123. How Do You Know? Exploring Human Knowledge. 3 Hours.

Uses current issues, case studies, and direct experience to explore the methods that various disciplines in the humanities and social sciences employ to justify claims to knowledge. Topics include the reliability of sense perception, the influences of culture on science, research methods, fallacious arguments, and poetic truth. Students must enroll in and pass both CAP 115 and CAP 123 in the same semester. Course Information: Prerequisite: CAP 111, with a grade of C or better, CAP 122. Restricted to Capital Scholars Honors students. This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the areas of Humanities or Social and Behavioral Sciences.

CAP 141. Biology and Chemistry of the Environment I. 4 Hours.

Focuses on the ways humans interact with and affect the environment. Topics include cellular structure and organization and the principal characteristics of the living and non-living components of the environment: atoms, matter, molecular structure, biomolecules, water, and energy. Includes lab. Course Information: Prerequisite: Admission to the Capital Scholars Honors Program. Restricted to Capital Scholars Honors students. This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the area of Life or Physical Science with Lab. (IAI Code: LP900L).

CAP 142. Biology and Chemistry of the Environment II. 4 Hours.

Includes the diversity of living things, the cell cycle, the energy of living systems, ecosystems, and human transformations of the environment. Course Information: Prerequisite: CAP 141. Restricted to Capital Scholars Honors students. This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the area of Life or Physical Science with Lab. (IAI Code: LP901L).

CAP 225. What Is Good? Exploring Values and Tradeoffs. 3 Hours.

Seeks to illuminate assumptions of "the good" by attempting to uncover those aspects of life considered to be valuable. Course content is organized around historical and cross-cultural values as they are manifested in politics, economics, culture, science, art, and spirituality. Students will be challenged to examine their own values and will be encouraged to consider ways to change dominant culture consistent with their interpretation of the quality of life. Course Information: Prerequisite: CAP 123. Restricted to Capital Scholar Honors students. This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the areas of Humanities or Social and Behavioral Sciences. (IAI Code: HS903).

CAP 226. What Is Power? Exploring Control, Cooperation, and Self-Determination. 3 Hours.

Explores various contexts of power by analyzing definitions, concepts, and theories of power and identifying who has power and who lacks it. Major topics will include comparisons of power in specific periods of history, cross-cultural views of power, political economy, new social movements, and/or personal power. Course Information: Prerequisite: CAP 225. Restricted to Capital Scholars Honors students. This course fulfills a general education requirement at UIS in the areas of Humanities or Social and Behavioral Sciences. (IAI Code: HS903) 420188.

CAP 253. ECCE: For Better and For Worse. 3 Hours.

Explores the gendered nature of post socialist transitions in Central Asia and East Central Europe and examines the role gender has played in shaping the reconstitution of states and social relations in Central Asia and East Central Europe since the collapse of communism in the region. Course Information: Restricted to Capital Scholars Honors students. This course fulfills an Engaged Citizenship Common Experience requirement at UIS in the area of Global Awareness.

CAP 254. ECCE: Walls. 3 Hours.

Examines various boundaries that humans perceive and create and their intended and unintended effects. Boundaries include physical manifestations (walls, fences, etc.) and conceptual and perceptual separations (group classifications, self/other/community distinctions, governmental/individual boundaries.) Course Information: Restricted to Capital Scholars Honors students. This course fulfills an Engaged Citizenship Common Experience requirement at UIS in the area of Global Awareness.

CAP 255. ECCE:How the World Works. 3 Hours.

Interdisciplinary exploration of selected topics related to issues that go beyond national boundaries. Topics will address social, political, economic and environmental implications of selected global issues. Course Information: Restricted to Capital Scholars Honors students. This course fulfills an Engaged Citizenship Common Experience requirement at UIS in the area of ECCE Global Awareness.

CAP 351. ECCE: Global Gender/Transnational Sexualities. 3 Hours.

Focuses on sexuality in activities, discourses, and representations that cross national boundaries (transnationalism). Topics: social construction of gender and sexuality; non-Western sex-gender systems; labor migration and local disruptions of gender and sexual relations; sexuality and European colonialism; sex tourism; globalization of sexual identities; and activist strategies. Course Information: Restricted to Capital Scholars Honors students. This course fulfills an Engaged Citizenship Common Experience requirement at UIS in the area of Global Awareness.

CAP 352. ECCE: Colonial and Post Colonial Identity in South Asia. 3 Hours.

Studies the relationship of the British to the population of South Asia from the perspective of identity. Course covers the culture and civilization of South Asia; essentialist and social constructivist theories of race/nation/caste; and various strains of identity that emerged from the colonial experience. Course Information: Restricted to Capital Scholars Honors students. This course fulfills an Engaged Citizenship Common Experience requirement at UIS in the area of Global Awareness.

CAP 353. ECCE: Global & Transnational Social Movements. 3 Hours.

Drawing from sociology, political science, history, communications, and women and gender studies, this course will provide an introduction to the interdisciplinary study of global and transnational social movements. We will begin by reviewing some of the major theoretical frameworks that inform the study of social movements. The course will analyze various case studies of global and transnational movements. Course Information: Restricted to Capital Scholars Honors students. This course fulfills an Engaged Citizenship Common Experience requirement at UIS in the area of Global Awareness.

CAP 354. ECCE: Spaces of Encounter in East Asia. 3 Hours.

Examines intercultural exchange in East Asia from pre-modern times through the present through study of history, economics, religion, art and architecture, and anthropology. Course Information: Restricted to Capital Scholars Honors students. This course fulfills an Engaged Citizenship Common Experience requirement at UIS in the area of Global Awareness.

CAP 355. ECCE: The Pacific War: World War II in East Asia. 4 Hours.

This class takes its theme the different ways in which inhabitants of countries bordering the Pacific, particularly China, Japan, Korea, and the United States, experienced World War II in different ways. It also explores how the Second World War became one of the defining elements in understanding relations between these countries today. Themes such as total war, colonialism, race, and memory will be covered. Course Information: Restricted to Capital Scholars Honors students. This course fulfills an Engaged Citizenship Common Experience requirement at UIS in the area of Global Awareness.

CAP 361. ECCE: Peer Tutoring. 1,2 Hour.

Provides experiential learning for students receiving training in the practical and theoretical aspects of tutoring other students. Course Information: Sophomore standing in Capital Scholars Honors Program. This course fulfills an Engaged Citizenship Common Experience requirement at UIS in the area of Engagement Experience. Restricted to Capital Scholars Honor students.

CAP 371. ECCE: Peer Mentoring. 1,2 Hour.

Provides an experiential learning environment in which students receive training in the practical and theoretical aspects of mentoring. Students develop interpersonal skills as they mentor in both group and individual settings. Course Information: Restricted to Capital Scholars Honors students. This course fulfills an Engaged Citizenship Common Experience requirement at UIS in the area of Engagement Experience.

CAP 402. Senior Seminar. 1 Hour.

Provides guidance in the development of interdisciplinary papers and presentations for the mandatory Senior Symposium. Minimum grade of C is required for successful completion of CAP 402 and graduation with honors. A 3.0 UIS cumulative GPA at the time of graduation is also needed for Honors designation. Course Information: Restricted to Capital Scholars Honors students with 90 or more credit hours and minimum 3.0 UIS cumulative GPA. Exceptions may be approved by the Director.

CAP 499. Tutorial. 1-4 Hours.

Intended to supplement, not supplant, regular course offerings. Students interested in a tutorial must secure the consent of the faculty member concerned before registration and submit any required documentation to him or her.