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Challenge yourself in rigorous classes for deep learning

As an APU Early Honors student, you’ll join academically advanced peers whose idea of fun includes everything from competitive wrestling and orchestral music to poetry slams and saving the planet.

Early Honors is a pretty diverse group, all right. That’s the way we like it.

But no matter how varied their dreams and interests may be, Early Honors students share one thing in common: They’re ready for classrooms full of other people who love to learn. Where it’s OK to question yourself, each other and your professors. Where discussion involves everyone, not just you and the one or two others who’ve done the reading.

In fact, Early Honors students tell us that one of the things they value most about our program is the chance to be themselves – to regain that feeling of classroom accomplishment.

As an Early Honors student, you’ll encounter quality curriculum centered on competencies you may not find in typical high school courses:

  • critical thinking enhances your ability to rank priorities and make good decisions
  • effective communication educates you to convey ideas clearly to others in writing, speaking and media
  • quantitative and scientific reasoning teaches you skills to make sense of your world and assess change
  • informed inquiry prompts you to explore and substantiate what you know and believe
  • self-direction helps you gain insight to set and achieve your life goals

Unlike other intensives you may have enrolled in, Early Honors core classes are college-level seminars that foster a personalized academic setting. You’ll feel welcome to think out loud in all your APU classes, including foundational courses like –

  • GS13300 Critical Thinking: Among the first classes you’ll complete, Critical Thinking bridges high school and college by exploring the difference between information recall and logical analysis. Think of it as a course in thinking about thinking. Learn to question, examine and communicate effectively by applying strategies like inductive and deductive reasoning – abilities you’ll use throughout college and life.
  • LL10100 Argumentative Writing: Give your reasoning skills a workout in Argumentative Writing by learning to research efficiently and write persuasively. Typically taken immediately after your Critical Thinking class, Argumentative Writing helps you develop as a concise, clear, accurate and ethical writer. You’ll learn to recognize ways that purpose and audience shape all effective writing.
  • Math and science: Early Honors academic advisers track your interest in math and science – courses that can help distinguish your college application. We help you succeed by placing you in classes that reward your ability and challenge you to advance. Early Honors students enroll in classes taught by regular APU math and science faculty, giving you a head start on college-level material and expectations.
  • LL20400 Culture, Literature and Travel: Early Honors students enrolled in this elective gain fresh perspective on learning by doing. By taking advantage of block scheduling, APU’s Early Honors program combines classroom learning and destination travel for academic credit. Recent intensives with faculty mentors and expert guides have taken Early Honors students to the Riviera, Eastern Europe or Cuba. Mark your calendars and plan to join us in January!