Honors Forum

The Honors Forum is a 3-credit hour course required for graduation from the honors program. The topic, instructor, and meeting time change each semester to accommodate student schedules and interests. The class is discussion-based and students provide input into class activities. 

The course combines an emphasis on specific content and skill development in interaction, analysis, synthesis and conflict resolution. Students develop points of view concerning various issues and topics, articulate and defend those points of view, and challenge others as they make alternative judgments. 

Fall 2014

Kansas City: From Cowtown to Uptown

Every city has a story that can be discovered and "read" through the study of its historic founding, urban planning, economic development and city expansion. Students in this course will discover the "story" of Kansas City, by investigating diverse areas such as the arts, music, education, architecture, politics, population distribution and migration, and more.

This is an experiential course that will engage students in tours and site visits throughout the city (i.e., ). Visits will be coupled with research and intellectual discourse, which will serve as the basis for project-specific outcomes. Assignments and projects will be based on students’ disciplines or areas of interest. In addition to site visits, the forum class will incorporate lectures, discussions, readings and video to accomplish class objectives. This course will require students to use many forms of research including the Internet and electronic databases.

Spring 2015

A Change is Gonna Come – The Role of Music in Social Justice

Music provides an emotional and educational experience that has the potential to shape an individual’s values, actions, and worldview. This Honors forum class will analyze the role of music in describing, promoting, and influencing social action movements. Critical reflection and discussion of music and lyrics will be used to examine topics such as class, civil rights, politics, war, hegemony, and more. When relevant, class discussions will include an analysis of record or CD covers, background of songwriters, historical context of the songs, stereotypes associated with various types of music and the portrayal of persistent issues over time. 

Previous Honors Forum topics:

Cultural Practices Surrounding Death and Burial, Spring 2014

The Evolution of Technology, Fall 2013

China: Why We Should Care, Spring 2013

Campaign 2012: Rhetoric, Reasoning, and Reckoning, Fall 2012

Our Place at the Table: Food in United States History and Literature, Spring 2012

Archaeology of Disasters, Fall 2011

Nonverbal Communication, Spring 2011

Contact Us

Patricia Decker
Program Director
913-469-8500, ext. 2512
Location: COM 201

Cheryl Slaugh
Administrative Asst.
913-469-8500, ext. 2434
Location: COM 201

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