Hudson & Holland Scholars

Get started at IU as a Hudson & Holland Scholar with IFS

Take advantage of everything Indiana University has to offer with the new collaboration between the Hudson & Holland Scholars and the Intensive Freshman Seminars programs. As a Hudson & Holland Scholar you may be eligible to participate in a one of three IFS courses designed with you and your Hudson & Holland requirements in mind. Hudson & Holland Scholars who participate in IFS will fulfill their Hudson & Holland L.E.A.D. (Leadership, Engagement, Academics, Diversity) requirement. 

Meet Your Scholar Community

Scholars at IFS will have the unique opportunity to prepare for and transition to college life and college-level work before their fall semester coursework begins; create a support system of friends, faculty, and peer mentors; develop a sense of community with other Hudson & Holland Scholars; and take a three credit hour class with one of IU’s leading faculty members. You'll have all of these experiences and more as you take advantage of the combined resources of the IFS and Hudson & Holland Scholars programs.

Success at IU begins here

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The collaboration between Hudson & Holland and IFS offers incoming Hudson & Holland students the choice of three unique courses. Each course has been designed by top faculty members with the success of Hudson & Holland Scholars in mind. Because IFS classes are small, Hudson & Holland Scholars have the unique opportunity to work individually with their professor, make personal relationships with faculty, connect with other Hudson & Holland Scholars, and learn more about campus resources before the fall semester begins.

Courses for Hudson and Holland Scholars

U.S. Movements and Institutions: The Intersections of Music Movements and Social Issues

What is resistance? The idea of resisting in the context of society, is a social force: 1) to represent the need to change the course of direction of government and living conditions; and/or, 2) to challenge the very foundations or traditions of a society that have resulted in social inequity. To resist is to live in an alternative system while also possibly trying to erect an alternative system.

What is protest? The idea of protesting for a social cause or social issue, is a tactic 1) that is taken up by organizations or a larger social movement to inspire support and challenge power; and/or, 2) that is a reaction by the masses or some representation of the populace to voice grievances. To protest is to act in opposition when another course of action may or may not be appropriate (or possible).

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The Psychology of College Life

How should I best study for exams? How can I manage college stress (and what IS stress, anyway?)? What about roommates, classmates, and stereotypes? These and other issues are a reality of college life, and science has the answer to many of your questions. Particularly if you are new to psychology, this course provides an applied introduction to Psychological and Brain Sciences, as we focus on applications to successful student life. This section is for Hudson and Holland Scholars.

In this class we will review basic science, as you critically evaluate your experiences in high school, explore the changes that college brings, and chart a course for your own freshman year, using psychology to plan for a successful freshman year.

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A Micro-History of the Caribbean

The Hispanic Caribbean has been a region of key geopolitical importance for the United States. In this seminar, you will recognize U.S. imperial dynamics as well as the multiple and fragmented ways in which common people from these impacted societies have responded to North American domination. For over a century, U.S. power over Latin America and the Caribbean has taken different forms. In 1898, Cuba became a neocolonial appendix, while Puerto Rico became an "unincorporated territory" of the United States. The Dominican Republic experience the repercussions of an invasion in 1916, and has continued to experience a direct yet invisible U.S. presence in its government since then.

Beyond its overt and covert political presence, U.S. imperialism has also informally impacted the lives of Caribbean people across the landscapes of education, health, domestic relations, religion, sports, culture, migration, and disaster relief, to name a few. In this course, we will explore different economic, intellectual, social, and cultural imprints that American imperialism has left on societies in the Hispanic Caribbean and the myriad ways common people reacted to them.

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