IHON Application (for current students)

First-year students who did not start the International Honors (IHON) Program in the fall semester still have an opportunity to participate in honors at PLU. If admitted to IHON as a current student, you will take IHON 111 as your J-term course, then be right on track to take IHON 112 spring semester with all other first-year IHON students.

In order to be considered for the International Honors Program, complete the following form and personal essay. If you wish to share further thoughts regarding your interest in IHON, or international issues, offer these considerations in the text box found below.

Please contact Carmiña Palerm, Director of the International Honors Program, at palermca@plu.edu with any questions you may have.

Spring 2018 International Honors Program Application (for current students)

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Personal Essay
Select and answer one question each from Part A and Part B. Type your answers in a Word Document and attach below. You must include your full name and email address on the top left corner of your essay.

As you write, please keep in mind that faculty members are looking for essays that illustrate your critical thinking skills, which are a key component of the International Honors Program.


Part A: Answer one of the following two options in no more than 400 words.

1) Most of the classes you will take in the university focus on particular methods of learning about a topic: in economics, you will use economic methods; in history, historical methods. The International Honors Program (IHON) is different. In IHON, you will explore topics and questions using a variety of different methods, and see these topics through a variety of perspectives, such as through the lens of different cultures and times (the England of Shakespeare's time, Aztec Mexico, ancient Mesopotamia), and different media (art, literature, historical documents, philosophical writings, music, religious writings). Please explain why this approach to learning would appeal to you.

2) We often associate patience, persistence, commitment and the willingness to take risks with physical activities like mountain climbing or epic hikes -- but rarely with intellectual pursuits. In the International Honors Program, however, you will be required to sit with books for a long time, persist in reading them even when they might not at first make sense, and risk your own ideas in discussions.
Consider an instance when you have had to exhibit one of these qualities -- patience, persistence, commitment, or the willingness to take risks -- in an intellectual pursuit like reading, writing, composing, thinking, or speaking. (Alternately, consider an instance in which you feel you exhibited insufficient patience, persistence, or commitment, or found that you were unwilling to take a risk.) Describe that experience and reflect on what it might have taught you.


Part B: Select one of the following three options and answer it in no more than 400 words.

1) Teh brian hs eth pacacity to order find inwith dsordr. Describe a time when you found order within disorder.

2) What international or historical mystery do you not want solved?

3) What role do emotions have in scientific research?


Additional Information

Please offer any additional thoughts you wish to have considered by the Honors Program selection committee. In particular, what in your background or future plans draws you to this program?


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