Calhoun Honors College

DGPS Curriculum

Thanks to the generosity of a gift to the Calhoun Honors College from Joseph and Caroline Dixon, the Honors College is able to offer a challenging and rewarding series of educational enrichment opportunities to the students selected for the Dixon GPS.

To remain in the Dixon GPS, participants must:

  • participate actively in the challenging series of educational enrichment activities described below;

  • be in good standing in the Calhoun Honors College; and

  • comply with expectations of participation and behavior as described by the Dixon GPS Code of Conduct.

Year Semester 

Requirements

Freshman Year

Spring

Participation in a series of not-for-credit workshops to prepare for the Maymester Study Travel to France and Belgium and to increase understanding of the major scholarships and fellowships.

Freshman Year

Maymester

  • Enrollment in the one-credit Maymester Study Travel to France and Belgium. 
  • Students will spend 10 days studying the history, politics, economics and culture of Belgium and France, as well as the EU.

Freshman Year

Summer

  • Individualized educational experiences such as internships, foreign study, public service projects, or other significant undertakings that are consistent with the student’s educational and scholarship goals.
  • DGPS students will have priority consideration for Educational Enrichment Travel Grants from Honors to fund this experience.

Sophomore Year

Fall

Enrollment in a 3-credit tutorial-style seminar on politics, philosophy and economics with Dr. William Lasser

Sophomore Year

Spring

Enrollment in a 3-credit seminar on public policy. Students will write a 2000-word public policy proposal consistent with the guidelines of the Truman Scholarship application.

Sophomore Year

Fall & Spring

  • Participation in a non-credit discussion group that meets every other week. This student-led discussion group will explore current issues in politics, economics, historsy, law, culture, science and technology, culture and the arts.
  • Students preparing scholarship applications will present them to the group for comment.
  • On occasion, a guest speaker may join the group.

Sophomore Year

Summer

  • Individualized educational experiences such as internships, foreign study, public service projects, or other significant undertakings that are consistent with the student’s educational and scholarship goals.
  • Dixon GPS students will have priority consideration for Educational Enrichment Travel Grants from Honors to fund this experience.

Junior Year

Fall & Spring

  • Independent or small group tutorials with faculty members related to areas of interest.
  • Participation in a non-credit discussion group that meets every other week. This student-led discussion group will explore current issues in politics, economics, history, law, culture, science and technology, culture and the arts.
  • Students preparing scholarship applications will present them to the group for comment.
  • On occasion, a guest speaker may join the group.

Junior Year

Summer

  • Individualized educational experiences such as internships, foreign study, public service projects, or other significant undertakings that are consistent with the student’s educational and scholarship goals.
  • Dixon GPS students will have priority consideration for Educational Enrichment Travel Grants from Honors to fund this experience.
Senior Year
Students will work closely with faculty mentors and Calhoun Honors College staff to complete scholarship, fellowship and/or graduate school applications.