The Formation Series is an opportunity to discuss what it means to be formed as a whole person, in heart, soul, mind and strength - the fundamental commitment of our community. The Formation Series brings our community together around the love of learning in three engaging lectures each semester that are open to the Waco community.
Honors Program students can fulfill some of their program requirements through Formation Series attendance. Students who want to earn an Honors Unit must attend two of the three Formation Series events each semester and write a critical reflection over one of them. Half an Honors Unit can be earned by fulfilling the requirements for one semester; a whole Honors unit can be earned by fulfilling the requirements for two semester.
Each semester, the Honors Residential College hosts a few small dinners for students to meet with exciting faculty members and guests. These intimate meals allow for discussion with great minds from a variety of fields.
Discussion Clubs and Study Nights
Shared conversation continues at Discussion Clubs and Study Nights. At Discusssion Clubs, students come together to discuss current events, relevant issues, and important subjects. Study Nights connect the classroom and the community, as students gather over cereal in the Memorial Dining Hall to work on homework and study alongside friends.
Co-Curricular Honors Classes
As members of a residential college, HRC residents have access to a number of co-curricular Honors courses designed specifically for this community. Listed below are the classes that are available to HRC students:
Christian Scriptures and Christian Heritage
Religion 1310 (Christian Scriptures) and Religion 1350 (Christian Heritage) are university-required courses. The HRC is happy to offer an HRC-specific Honors section of the courses, taught by the HRC Faculty Steward in an HRC classroom with HRC students. These section will emphasize reading scripture within the arc of salvation history, and hence will begin with Christ’s mission as the lens through which to understand the whole of scripture. Questions of Biblical interpretation and authority will also be explored.
Introduction to Citizenship and Community Service
In this optional HRC-specific course, PPS 1100, students explore personal strengths, values, and aspirations for influencing the world through vocation or calling. Students will become familiar with the concept of servant leadership and associated competences, with particular emphases on service, spirit and leadership. This course will count as a Lifetime Fitness requirement on a BSED, BS or BA degree.
Morning and Evening Prayer
Monday through Thursday each week, at 8:30 AM and 9:00 PM, the HRC hosts Morning and Evening Prayer, services in our beautiful Memorial Chapel. Students may earn one of their two required chapel credits (CHA 1088) by joining with their neighbors in centering their daily work in response to God's love. Prayer services are about twenty minutes long and are based on ancient Christian traditions of prayer. To earn credit, students must attend three out of four morning or evening services each week.