When applying to the Honors Program, you were probably looking to challenge yourself with your coursework. At the same time, you’re probably worried that the challenge might be a little too much to handle. Also, you may have been informed about a special required English class and something called a Colloquium. If you’re wondering what the heck that is, I’m happy to explain!
At UD, Honors freshmen are required to complete both an English 110 class and an Honors Colloquium. If you’re anything like me, you might be pretending to understand what that is but you’re actually completely confused. It’s pretty simple: both are writing-intensive classes that are tailored to a pretty narrow subject. Half of the Honors freshmen take English in the fall and half take it in the spring, and it is the same deal with Colloquium. What’s interesting about these classes is that the subject matter varies from anything from philosophy, to healthcare, to utopian and dystopian societies. Whether you have a passion for graphic novels, food, or Japanese cartoons, there will be a Colloquium or English class that you are sure to thoroughly enjoy.
Another cool thing about these classes is that they are guaranteed to be small in size. The limit for each class is around twenty students, ensuring that you will have a ton of interaction with your professor and the other students in your class. Also, these courses are open to Honors students only, so your classmates will be people who you can easily access for a study session, to ask a question, or just to hang out with. I live in Russell B this year, but I had the opportunity to meet friends who live in Russell D that I never would have met had it not been for our Colloquium.
Contrary to what you may have heard, these classes contain about the same amount of coursework as any other writing-intensive course, so don’t worry about that. While the concept may seem a little foreign at first, English 110 and Colloquium are just like any other class – except with better subject matter, if you ask me!