Honors Program


Lane Community College's Honors Program offers students a transformative learning Lane honors program logo experience based in scholarly inquiry, academic rigor and intellectual growth.

Through challenging coursework, independent study, special seminars, experiential learning, and a capstone project, Lane honors students develop critical thinking skills, creativity, intellectual curiosity and optimal preparation for further academic pursuits.

In Lane's Honors Program, students will:

  • Join a community of students who are highly engaged in their own learning
  • Participate in robust classroom discussion and debate that hone critical thinking skills
  • Immerse themselves in educational environments that foster individual pursuit of knowledge
  • Gain and develop tools for life-long inquiry and learning
  • Become involved in community and world issues through events and activities
  • Thrive with the personal attention of faculty guides

After completing the Lane Honors Program, students transferring to four-year institutions will be well-prepared for upper division coursework and university honors programs. Non-transfer students can enroll in and benefit from the Honors Program as well.

This multifaceted, interdisciplinary program provides all participating students with research, reasoning and writing skills that will enhance their experience as engaged global citizens and encourage a lifelong love of learning.

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Honors Classes this Spring

HON 202_H Honors Capstone Seminar
CRN 43550
TuTh 2-3:50 p.m.
Instructor: Ce Rosenow

Honors Capstone Seminar develops advanced undergraduate group research skills including planning, and presenting research findings at, a community-wide academic symposium. It also advances the level of critical thinking, effective communication, and applied learning in student ePortfolios. This is the second honors seminar and follow-up to the Invitation to Inquiry. Only students admitted to the Lane Honors Program may enroll. It is required for successful completion of the Honors Program. Questions? Contact Ce Rosenow at RosenowC@lanecc.edu

ANTH 102_H World Archaeology: Honors
CRN 42746
MWF 11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m.
Instructor: Margaret Helzer

This course traces the transition of human societies from a predominantly hunting and gathering way of life to a settled farming, and ultimately urban, way of life. The course focuses on the rise of social complexity in ancient civilizations such as the Near East, Egypt, India, China, South America, MesoAmerica, and North America.

ART 115_H Basic Design: Fundamentals-Honors
CRN 42741
MW 12 p.m.-2:50 p.m.
Instructor: Kathleen Caprario-Ulrich

Beginning course in two-dimensional design for art and non-art majors. Emphasis on fundamental visual elements, concepts and theory basic to drawing, painting, graphic design and other media. Strongly recommended for first year art majors, taken prior to ART116 and concurrently with ART111 and ART131.

BI 101_H General Biology: Unseen Life on Earth-Honors (Hybrid)
CRN 44325
F 9 a.m.-10:50 a.m.
Instructor: Katie Morrison-Graham

This course is an introduction to the cellular biology of the smallest organisms on earth. Microbes are crucial to human health, food supplies and the survival of all life forms. Students explore the diversity and contributions of microbes such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses.

PHL205_H Contemporary Moral Issues-Honors (Live Interactive)
CRN 42747
TuTh 1 p.m.-2:50 p.m.
Instructor: Jeffrey Borrowdale

This course focuses on ethical issues, which affect our daily lives in personal, social, and political spheres. Issues covered will vary by instructor, but may include our duties to animals and the environment; consumerism and materialism; issues in bioethics such as abortion, euthanasia, human cloning and genetic engineering; 'victimless' crimes such as drugs, pornography and prostitution; poverty, both in the U.S. and abroad; war; free speech and other personal liberties; and various forms of discrimination and prejudice.

PHL221_H Critical Thinking-Honors
CRN 44228
MWF 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Instructor: Caroline Lundquist

This course is aimed at developing practical reasoning skills. Students will learn to analyze and evaluate arguments, detect fallacies, distinguish science from pseudo-science, recognize media bias, and better understand methods of deception employed by advertisers, political organizations and others. A central goal of this course is to develop an attitude of fair-mindedness and intellectual honesty while learning to avoid the pitfalls of defensiveness and rationalization.

COOP280_H Co-op Ed: Service Learn-Honors
CRN 43082
Instructor: Gerry Meenaghan

Gain experience with community partners in addressing real community needs. Practice critical thinking, citizenship and civic responsibility, explore career options, and network with professionals while earning college credit. In this Honors section students will actively engage, investigate and reflect on topics leading to enhanced knowledge and skills. Prerequisite: Instructor approval

HON280_H Co-op Ed: International Work Experience-Honors
CRN 43890
Instructor: Gerry Meenaghan

This is a structured program for honors students to do an international work experience through LCC and IE3 Global Internships. Living and working in another country, students gain career and intercultural skills essential in a global society. Application and other details are on the web at: ie3global.ous.edu. Prerequisite: Instructor Approval