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Student Spotlight: Frances Sherlock

Frances Sherlock, Junior Management and Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution Double Major
Frances Sherlock, Junior Management and Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution Double Major

Why You Can Be a Business Major and Be in the Honors Program

I started my first honors course when I was in high school and from then on I was hooked. I liked being in classes with people who shared my love and enthusiasm when it comes to learning. As I was applying to colleges my senior year of high school, I did not really look into honors programs. Yet, I heard that Salisbury University had one so I applied. Ultimately, my admission into the Thomas E. Bellavance Honors Program became an important factor in my decision to attend Salisbury University. I wanted to continue my honors education from high school, and I do not regret my choice to attend SU and the Honors Program.

When I first came to Salisbury, a lot of people said that honors and business did not mix. Some even suggested that I should drop the Honors Program. After having a long talk with the honors director, I decided to stick it out. I could not be happier that I made that choice. The Honors Program has provided so many opportunities over the past three years. I have been able to attend four research conferences, present my own research at two of them and will present at the national honors conference this November. I also have had the great opportunity to work on the Honors newsletter The Saunterer. For the past five semesters, I have served as the magazine’s co-editor. Last year, the National Collegiate Honors Council recognized the magazine as the second best newsletter in the country. I also have watched the program explode from my freshman class of 75 students to the most recent freshman class of more than 120 students.

What does it take to be a member of the Honors Program? I typically compare it to declaring a minor. It requires between four and five classes as well as the completion of a capstone or creative project. Most honors courses count toward General Education requirements, but the best part about the program is that classes are not normal General Education classes. My first semester, I took Honors 111: Critical Thinking and Writing, where I ended up writing a 17-page paper analyzing gender issues in Disney’s animated films. The class taught me valuable research and analytical skills that I can apply to my current business courses. Next, I took a course titled Political Arguments Alive where we analyzed rhetoric used in speeches over the course of U.S. history. Lastly, I took New World Order or a New Cold War, which examined global political issues from the 17th century to the present. These courses have made General Education classes fun. They are discussion-based and capped at 20 students. This small classroom setting allows students to get to know their professors and the other students in the class.

In recent years, the honors director has used student input to recruit faculty and offer classes that both interest students and meet their needs. Since I have been at Salisbury, the Honors Program even has offered classes that count toward business electives. Regardless, Honors courses can help students become well rounded. Being a business student and participating in the Honors Program is not only possible, it is enjoyable. I would recommend it to any student who wishes to make the most of their time at SU.