As participants in a structured first-year cohort, our Great Books students take small
Honors sections of four core classes which are required by all students at KSU.
As a Great Books student participating in a Learning Community, you will be exempted
from the first-year seminar (KSU 1101).
In addition, University Honors Program requirements of one Honors Learning Experience
per semester are reduced for students who complete the Great Books cohort to one per academic year for sophomore, junior and senior years. Note that completion of an approved Honors
capstone is a requirement for all students who plan to graduate as an Honors Scholar.
The books used in these Great Books classes are not the typical "textbooks" that are
so commonly used in many other classrooms. These classes are taught using "Great Books"
- books which are foundational to our global civilization and which have successfully
withstood the test of time. In other words, no expensive textbooks.
Like other Honors Program students, as a Great Books student, you will have priority
registration. This is a key advantage in getting the classes you need to graduate
The Great Books experience culminates in an exclusive study abroad program in Montepulciano,
Italy the summer following your freshman year. Study abroad scholarships designated
for Great Books students are available.
Great Books students have the opportunity to be mentored to pursue national and international
As with all Honors students, Great Books students enjoy the opportunity for enriched
mentor relationships with KSU faculty, the potential to live in Honors residence halls,
to enroll in a variety of Honors courses, and participate in Honors social activities.
An example of the typical cohort schedule can be found here.