January 18, 2011
Written by Jaryn Jones
The seminar allows students to learn about other cultures by studying the ideas and symbolism expressed in the architecture.
Students enrolled in Texas Tech's Honors 3301 fall seminar class recently concluded their semester with a two-week study tour of historical India.
Texas Tech partnered with the Rai Foundation which hosts participating universities as they learn about Indian culture. The study of selected buildings and sites in India provides students with an introductory understanding and appreciation of the country.
To follow their journey through India from the students' perspectives, visit their blog.
Professor Joe Aranha said students are able to learn about other societies and nations by studying the ideas and symbolisms expressed in their architecture.
"This Honors Seminar about Indian architecture expands the student's knowledge of architecture as a product of human imagination and thought," Aranha said. "At the same time, students are introduced to the cultural, multi-ethnic and religious diversity of India."
There are no prerequisites for the course. However, preference is given to junior and senior students.
Honors Sciences and the Humanities (HSH), formerly known as Honors Arts and Letters (HAL), is a major and minor degree program offered by the Honors College. HSH integrates the seemingly disparate sciences and humanities, instilling critical thinking skills and communication literacy through reading and writing-intensive courses while simultaneously preparing students for STEM-based careers and rigorous post-graduate programs like law and medical school. Within the HSH major, students may choose to pursue degree concentrations in Medicine, Global Health & the Humanities; Humanities Driven STEM; Environmental Science & the Humanities, or Politics, Philosophy, Economics & Law.