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SNew Bureaucracy

'U' Honors Program Encourages
In-Depth Study, Critical Analysis

fend itself against the "purists"
across the street in Randall Lab,
for instance, or in various literary
college departments.
The chemical and metallurgical
engineering department, one of the
very fine ones in the country, has
numerous projects underway. Prof.
Donald L. Katz has also done a
great deal for the university
through his work in establishing
a computer curriculm for engineer-
ing undergraduates and in help-
ing to guide the University's gen-
eral involvement in computer use.
Active Departments
Other active departments are
numerous: civil engineering, elec-
trical engineering, mechanical en-
gineering, meteorology and ocean-
ography, naval architecture and
marine engineering and nuclear
engineering. The naval tank, run
by Prof. Richard Couch is a par-
ticularly interesting operation.
Ship designs' are tested in it by
towing models up and down a long
Prof.-:William Kerr heads up
both the nuclear engineering de-
partment and the Phoenix Project,
which was started after World
War II through private contribu-
tions. The University's post-war
leadership in the development of
peaceful uses of atomic energy,
particularly in the uses of isotopes,
was a result of this undertaking.
In the electrical engineering de-
partment, where Prof. Hansford
Farris recently succeeded Prof.
Willam Dow- as chairman, Prof.
Fred Haddock is active at his
Radio Astronomy Observatory on
Peach Mountain near Ann Arbor.
In the literary college there is
a fantastic variety of work going
on: astronomy, botany, chemistry,
economics, geology and mineral-
ogy, mathematics, physics, psycho-
logy, sociology, zoology, commun-
ications, conflict resolution and
museums work.
Scientific Explosion
This is what the scientific ex-
plosion is all about.
1eanwhile, the University's bul-
wark against severe imbalances
among the various disciplines are
various intra-Univeisity sources of
funds, which are carefully parceled
out for maximum return among
projects that can't find sponsors,
or are given to younger, less ex-'
perienced but promising faculty or
4 to the poorly supported fields.
Take a brief look next at other
parts of the University's research:
* Prof. Paraskevopoulos in the
architecture and design college is
working with his students on the
design and construction of cheap
elastic houses, one answer to gen-
eral methods of building construe-
don that are still in the 19th cen-

The literary college's Honors
Program is designed to offer the
qualified student special oppor-
tunities and challenges. It is
geared toward the upper 10-15
per cent of the student body and
features small classes with a
higher percentage of professors
rather than teaching fellows con-
ducting the courses.
"Discourse is the prime method
of instruction in seminars of 15-20
students," explains Prof. Otto G.
Graf, Honors Program director.
"Honors courses stress theory and
incorporate a greater degree of
critical analysistand more writing
of a critical nature to enable the
qualified student to engage in in-
dependent study and research."
The Honors Program began as
an experiment nine years ago, in
its initial stage consisting of only
21 courses. It is now the largest

and most comprehensive program
of its kind in the nation, with
over 200 courses and sections in
all departments of the literary
college, in addition to 22 inter-
departmental courses. Over 1,500
students will be enrolled in the
program this fall, including over
400 entering freshmen.
Flexibility and lack of structur-
ing are features of most Honors
courses, with a definite stress on
individual initiative. Independent
Study (College Honors 290) is an
elected course in which a student
plans with a professor a course of
study that will be worthwhile to
the student and acceptable for
academic credit. The student does
not attend classes, but confers
regularly with the professor to
discuss important problems and
aspects of his studies.
Individual initiative is also an
integral part of the Honors Col-

loquium (College Honors 190). The
colloquium is an open course
number allowing a group of stu-
dents interested in a particular
specialized field of study not cov-
ered in regular University courses
to set up such a course with an
interestel professor.
Summer Reading
Honors students also have the
opportunity to take many of their
courses as Summer Reading Pro-
grams. Students may arrange with
a professor to read the texts nor-
mally used in one of his courses
on their own over the summer.
Often they are required to write
a critical paper as well. Then, in
the fall, they take a final exam
from the professor to determine
their grade.
The Summer Reading Program
allows students who are sufficient-
ly well-disciplined to complete
their undergraduate- education in
fewer semesters or to lighten their

fall and winter course loads with-
out having to remain at the Uni-
versity and attend classes. It is
especially advantageous to stu-
dents who plan to take jobs in
other areas of the country,
Inter-departmental courses also
play an important part in the
Honors Program. The purpose of
these courses is to show how cer-
tain disciplines relate to one an-
other, and how they can best be
combined to pool factual knowl-
edge and theoretical understand-
ing. In Honors 293, for example,
the interdependence of biology,
physics, astronomy and geology is
The Honors Program is steadily
expanding to meet the needs of
students interested in many areas
of thought and expression. This
year, a very exciting course is be-
ing added to the already lengthy
Honors listings. The course is call-

ed Six Doors to Asia. Under t
auspices of the Southeast AE
Center, the course is intended
an introduction to area stu
techniques and will include ec
nomic, social, cultural and histc
ical aspects of Asian life.
New Course Offerings
Another new course being offi
ed in the Honors Program ti
year is being given by a gue
professor from Germany, Pr
Erich Voegelin. He will offer I:
terpretations of History to a smi
seminar of 20 select students. T
course will study various philos
phies of world history and attemi
to discover lines of continuity
historical events.
In addition to special cours
the Honors Program also offers
students special lecture prograi
and faculty - student discussi
groups, as well as opportunities f
student participation- in resear
projects of faculty members.

High Energy Physics Experiments Utilize
Laser and Maser Beams

t"Ie' d bet you don't think you can do it.
(even though we know diferently)

0 Prof. Larson in the same
school has studied city planning
and looks forward to the-"world
" The business administration
school has a great many indust-
rial and economic studies going
that begin to get at some serious
problems in hospital administra-
tion, industrial relations and ec-
onomic development;
* The dentistry school, with its
excellent faculty and library col-
lections, has long been severely
restricted by space but will soon
be housed in the finest new build-
ing on campus.
O The public 'health school un-
der Dean Myron Wegman has
quite an ambitious program in
public health economics, comun-
ity health service, environmental
health, epidemiology and indust-
rial health, enhanced by a recent
Ford Foundation grant for inter-
disciplinary population studies.
The money is going to continue
to flow. The demands for new
knowledge by a society that makes

rapid economic expansion the rule
are going to increase tremendous-
ly. Society is going to be more and
more willing to lay out huge sums
for research and development as it
learns that the returns from
money invested in knowledge and
theories of how to deal with it-
work with it and make it work for
society - will be far' greater than
for money invested in steel mills
or airplanes.
It has been estimated that over
65 per cent of the net worth of the
United States is in the minds of
its citizens, not in their equip-
ment, as opposed to 35 per cent
before World War II. That's why
IBM is a good stock.
Value no longer rests in the
applications of knowledge itself,
and more and more in its creat-
ion, in new discoveries, methods
and theories that keep countries
expanding and put universities
and their research programs in
the very center of a social revol-
ution wrought by information and
its communication.

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