Muncie 101 and Muncie 102 : bridging campus and community : an honors thesis [(HONRS 499)]
What is the final product when thirty-seven freshmen students, six upperclassmen mentors, one semester, over fifteen guest speakers, five university vans, over fifteen field trips, and the city of Muncie are combined? Muncie 101, an Honors general elective class offered in the 2003 Fall semester at Ball State University. This field trip based course provides freshmen with an in-depth look of Muncie, Indiana, the city that they will call home during their college years. Instead of sitting in a classroom, the students travel to various locations within the city to meet with individuals who share information about that particular resource. Furthermore, guest speakers are incorporated into the curriculum so freshmen can receive first hand knowledge about different aspects of the city. A similar course, Muncie 202, was offered in the 2004 Spring semester as an Honors College colloquium for upperclassmen. This course placed more emphasis on volunteering and allowed each student to plan one week of the curriculum.