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Question #91214 posted on 05/02/2018 9:18 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Are any of you in the Honor's program? What has been your experience?

Should I do the honors program/take honors classes? I am used to high level classes in high school but I am not sure if I am up to Honor's in college. Is the program even worth it?

-Soon-To-Be Freshy-Fresh

P.S. I know this question is in the archives but I also know that the Honors program has been revamped and I wanted new persepctives.

A:

Dear Freshy-Fresh,

It would appear that none of the current writers are in the Honors program. Some of my friends are in the Honors Program and for the most part they've really enjoyed it.

The vibe that I've gotten in general is that their Honors classes aren't too hard. Many of the honors courses are interdisciplinary, which means they have classes that combine history and math, or science and music, literature and art, etc. Some of my friends have liked the interdisciplinary generals, but I've had other friends say that they're not all that interesting.

One other aspect of the Honors program is writing an honors thesis. It's basically an essay/research paper that all honors students write before they graduate. It gives students a chance to write something substantial, and I've heard that it's a good experience. Also, the Honors reading reading room is super comfortable so you'd have that to look forward to you.

Sorry that we didn't have any personal experiences to share with you. I'd suggest you visit the BYU Honors website or stop by the Maeser Building for a tour if possible. Also, if any of our lovely readers are currently in the honor program, drop us a correction. We'd love to hear your experiences!

Peace,

Tipperary

A:

Dear Aziraphale,

I've taken a couple of honors classes at my time here at BYU, and had friends in the honors program. From what I've seen/experienced, honors classes really aren't that difficult. What seems to be the kicker for whether people decide to remain in honors or not is the thesis thing that's required. But that doesn't come into play at all freshman year.

So, my advice to you would be to sign up for the honors program, see how you like it, get more and better information than here, and move on from there.

~Anathema

A:

Dear Frosh,

Maybe this will make me sound like a curmudgeonly old lady, but I also wanted to point out that unlike in high school, where honors and AP classes help get you into the very best classes that will challenge you, most classes in college will still challenge you, honors or not. By all means, do the honors program if you want, but also be aware that you'll still get a top-notch education with excellent professors and interesting and engaging classes even if you don't. 

-Alta

posted on 05/08/2018 3:57 p.m.
I'm in the honors program right now, so here's my experience:
The interdisciplinary classes aren't too difficult, but they're hit or miss. I took one that was absolutely amazing and helped me draw all sorts of connections between the different topics. I also took one that never really hit the mark for me and ended up being pretty useless.
The big thing with the honors program is the thesis, but that isn't a huge deal for me because my major already requires one.
The best part about the honors program is also the worst: it's open enrollment. Anyone can join, so you get to meet all sorts of people from every major and get a much broader perspective on things. However, anyone can join, and you also get a lot of parrots who can't think independently and armchair philosophy types who feel their presence in the honors program is an automatic justification for whatever drivel their vocal cords can squeak out. Depending on the quality of the professors, it's very easy for the classes to devolve into giant echo chambers and opportunities for bandwagoning. Since the classes are all interdisciplinary, it means you get some great opportunities to hear what other people think, but it also means that you find out who is stubborn and ignorant, like the "open-minded" people who believe vaccines cause autism and GMOs lead to celiac disease automatically disregarding my experiences as a science major.
You definitely learn a lot about psychology, that's for sure.