The Glynn Course of Studies
- AP/IB Credit
- Scholars in the College of Arts and Letters
- Scholars in the College of Science
During the first year, Glynn scholars have one of two advisers in the First Year of Studies.
In subsequent years, the adviser will be a faculty member in the academic department of your major. In addition, Glynn faculty and staff are always available for academic advice. Dr. Anselma Dolcich-Ashley keeps an office right next to Arcadia in 309 O'Shaughnessy, and Glynn program directors Christopher Kolda and Paul Weithman hold regular office hours in their departmental offices as well as in Arcadia.
AP and IB credit will not allow students to place out of any Glynn program requirements.
While students often seek to place out of required classes with AP/IB credit, the Glynn Family Honors Program is set up to encourage depth of inquiry and creative exploration within a community of learners. Thus, Glynn scholars take the same series of seminars during first and sophomore years. However, it happens that some Glynn scholars have already had such an advanced level of preparation that one or more of these seminars will prove insufficient. In those cases, scholars are encouraged to move into a higher, more challenging level of that required course, which will meet their intellectual needs. In such cases, follow the directives of your intended major in order to acquire a seat in a more advanced class; for some higher-level Science classes, for example, you may have to take a placement test.
You intend to major in the arts, humanities, or social sciences.
First year: Glynn scholars commence their studies with the Honors Humanities Seminar, a two-semester sequence in the fall and spring (ALHN 13950 and ALHN 13951) which fulfills the University literature and writing requirements. Additional seminars include Honors Philosophy (PHIL 13195), Honors Mathematics** (2 semesters, MATH 10450 and 10451), and a regular (non-Glynn) social science, history or foreign language course. Additionally, two semesters of science are fulfilled by taking two out of the following three courses: Honors Biology, Honors Chemistry, and Honors Physics. First Year scholars may take Honors Foundations of Theology in the spring semester, if their schedules allow.
Consult the Academic tab on the First Year of Studies site for an explanation of University, College, and major requirements, as well as for course descriptions.
**Scholars interested in majoring in economics should take Honors Calculus I (MATH 10850) during First Year.
Sophomore year: Glynn scholars venture into the major field(s) of their choice and explore this field in greater depth. They will be taking regular departmental courses required for the major, and will be completing any College and University requirements they did not fulfill during the First Year of Studies. The Glynn program offers Honors Foundations of Theology in the fall (THEO 13002) for any students who did not take this during spring of First Year.
For Glynn sophomores and juniors (and seniors who need them), the program reserves several seats in the best (regular) courses in social sciences, history, philosophy, theology, literature and the arts; Glynn scholars can sign up for one of these spots in order to fulfill University/College requirements or to take an elective. These courses have been selected with an eye to the superb teaching skills of their professors, and for their engaging topics.
Junior year: During sophomore and junior years, Glynn scholars individually discern the kind of research they'd like to do for the senior thesis, and proactively seek out professors, older students, the directors of undergraduate study in the various academic departments, and research librarians in the Hesburgh Library for assistance in beginning the research process. Since many scholars study abroad during junior year, it's always a good idea to line up a thesis adviser and topic--and do some background research--before leaving for far-flung points on the globe.
Senior Year: This is a year in which Glynn scholars are heavily invested in researching and writing their senior theses. In addition, scholars reconvene with their peers in two Glynn classes: the Honors Thesis Research Colloquium in the fall, and the Senior Honors Thesis Writing Colloquium in the spring.
Please refer to the websites of the College of Arts and Letters, and of the department of your major, for up to date information on requirements in your field, including senior thesis requirements. Don't hesitate to contact your academic adviser, Prof. Weithman, or Dr. Dolcich-Ashley with questions.
You intend to major in the sciences.
University Requirements: As with Arts and Letters scholars, Glynn scholars in the College of Science commence their studies with the Honors Humanities Seminar, a two-semester sequences in the fall and spring (ALHN 13950 and ALHN 13951), and the Honors Philosophy seminar (PHIL 13195). Honors Foundations of Theology (THEO 13002) may be taken during spring semester of the First Year, or fall semester of sophomore year.
For Glynn sophomores and juniors (and seniors who need them), the program reserves several seats in the best (regular) courses in social sciences, history, philosophy, theology, literature and the arts; Glynn scholars can sign up for one of these spots in order to fulfill University/College requirements, or to take an elective. These courses have been selected with an eye to the superb teaching skills of their professors, and for their engaging topics.
Mathematics: The Glynn program requires all students to take two semesters of mathematics, regardless of your AP credits. At least one of those semesters must be from either the Math or ACMS department, but the other can be an applied math course taught in your own department as long as you have otherwise fulfilled your University math requirement. How you fulfill this requirement depends upon your intended major and prior preparation. For Science scholars, the mathematics courses must be accepted by Glynn and accommodate the needs of your particular intended major. Available courses include:
- Calculus I - III (MATH 10550, 10560, 20550)
- Honors Calculus I - III (MATH 10850, 10860, 20850)
- Intro to Applied Math Methods I - II (ACMS 20550, 20560)
- Intro to Dynamical Systems (MATH 20480)
- Any MATH course at the 20000-level or above
- Any ACMS course at the 30000-level or above
- Calculus A - B (10350, 10360) are accepted, but only if followed up by a third accepted math course from the list above (MATH 20480 is the usual continuation course)
- Statistics courses taught in your own department can count as the second math requirement, but not ACMS 10145 (Stats for Business) or ACMS 20340 (Stats for Life Sciences).
- Recommended departmental courses that fulfill the second math requirement include: Biostatistics (BIOS 40411), Math Methods for Chemistry (CHEM 20262), and Math Methods for Physics I - II (PHYS 20451, 20452).
Check with your adviser to ensure that you're taking the right math course for your intended science major.
Chemistry: Since all science majors must take chemistry, Glynn scholars take Intro to Chemical Principles (CHEM 10181) the first semester of the First Year. By taking a "chemistry for chem majors" course, you'll learn to "think like a chemist" and acquire a solid foundation in this field, regardless of the direction of your studies. If you're a chemistry or biological sciences intent, or medical school intent, you'll take Organic Chemistry the second semester; other science majors will take General Chemistry the second semester. Here, again, it's important to follow the requirements of your major.
Physics: Physics, mathematics, and chemistry intents take General Physics A (PHYS 10411) in the fall of First Year. Like the first chemistry course, this first physics course gives scholars a solid foundation in a key field; you'll be able to "think like a physicist" with this course. Other majors take Physics I (PHYS 30210) during sophomore or junior year. Subsequent courses are determined by your department.
Biology: Biology and biochemistry majors take Biological Sciences I (BIOS 10161) during the First Year. Other majors take General Biology A, usually during sophomore year. Subsequent courses are determined by your department.
Don't hesitate to contact your academic adviser, Prof. Kolda or Dr. Dolcich-Ashley with questions. Other helpful guidance can be found on the College of Science website, the website of your particular major, and from your academic adviser in the department of your major.