Every student in the Honors College must complete all college-wide graduation requirements, including the requirements for a major. A student becomes an Honors College graduate by completing Honors Core and Honors Directed, and by achieving a 3.400 overall GPA.
“Honors Core” accommodates current general education, interdisciplinary study, and major requirements and “Honors Directed” is satisfied via immersion experiences, e.g., research and internships, typically in the major.
To remain in good standing, students will take at least one honors requirement per semester until requirements are complete. For students who plan to study abroad, the requirement may be waived for the semester abroad if there are no options to complete honors courses.
Students are required to take 22 HONS credit hours to satisfy the Honors Core.
Honors Academic Writing - An accelerated introduction to the writing, analytical and research skills necessary for composing college-level texts that address issues of academic and social importance in a number of genres.
Beyond George Street - Honors specific first-semester seminar that introduces students to the intellectual, professional, and leadership expectations and opportunities that define the Honors experience.
Honors Engaged - A year-long service learning program that immerses students in the work of a community organization. All Honors students must complete this during their first year in the Honors College.
Quantitative Literacy Requirement
Courses in quantitative literacy focus on honing the ability to reason and solve quantitative problems applicable in various contexts, to create sophisticated arguments supported by quantitative analysis, and to communicate the findings to a broad audience.
Foundations of Knowledge and Methods of Inquiry
Courses in this category are grounded in disciplinary thinking and methodology, exposing students to the essential ideas and key concepts in a given discipline, the methodologies used to address them, and the tools necessary to understand them.
Exploring Complexity and Diversity Colloquia
Interdisciplinary colloquia that focus on a central and enduring question that has perplexed and engaged scholars through the ages. These courses are defined by critical dialogue that takes place in small group settings and that encourages students to develop a rigorous approach to processing information and deepening understanding. Through the study of foundational texts and sources that have shaped thinking on the focal question, students develop a capacity and propensity to approach new ideas and information critically and creatively throughout their lives.
Students choose courses from among the interdisciplinary thematic colloquia described below. Coursed offered within these series vary across semesters. Typically taken in the second year. Students must complete at least one Foundations course before taking a course from this category.
Colloquium courses are writing and reading intensive, discussion-based, and interdisciplinary in nature.
Foundations of Western Civilization - Courses in this colloquium series relate the arts, literature, and philosophy of the Western world to their political, social, and economic contexts.
Values and Traditions in the Non-Western World - Courses in this colloquium series explore the visions, values, and practices by which people of the non-Western world have shaped their life experiences. Students will explore the issues and themes central to the study of the non-Western world and its peoples.
Ethics - This colloquium series will engage with enduring questions and critical issues in ethics, drawing on a number of fields within the humanities and social sciences.
History and Philosophy of Science - In this colloquium series, students will explore enduring questions as to how time, place, and context all impact scientific research, and how the role of philosophy has developed over time to delineate the boundary between science and pseudo-science.
Diversity and Sustainability - Courses in this colloquium series examine pressing 21st century problems related to the intersection of social, economic, and environmental systems. Students will make sense of and offer possible creative solutions to interlinked issues such as institutional sexism and racism, climate change, biodiversity loss, the tragedy of the commons, inequitable distribution of wealth, and queerphobia.
Self, Other, and Society - Courses offered in this colloquium series address enduring questions or critical issues related to the role of the individual in society. These courses address the range of factors - genetics, physiology, neurology, personality, cognition, emotion, experience, context - that distinguish human beings and contribute to the unique beliefs, values, and behaviors that characterize any given individual.
Inquiry, Discovery, and Innovation - Courses in this colloquium series focus on the discovery of knowledge and its transformation into new insights and innovative ideas. These courses encourage students to develop an interdisciplinary perspective on enduring questions or critical issues in math and science, work towards finding answers and innovations that allow for a greater understanding of the universe.
Elements of Human Culture and Expression - Courses offered in this colloquium series consider multidisciplinary approaches to enduring questions or critical issues in language, literacy, and cultural expression. Courses in this series may involve collaborative work in peer and community contexts, and conversational, hands-on engagement with materials and techniques that help us to better understand cultural literacies and creative arts.
The Advanced Studies requirement can be fulfilled by taking either an upper level Honors Special Topics Seminar or a non-foundation course within the discipline. They are defined by deep analysis of subject matter in a particular discipline or across disciplines that build upon foundational coursework. Courses are encouraged to provide opportunities for students to advance their ability to synthesize information from divergent sources to derive novel conclusions and innovative solutions
Honors Special Topics Seminar - The advanced Special Topics Seminar courses are typically taken in the third or fourth year and are taught at an advanced level for students who have completed at least one Honors Foundation Course and one Honors Exploring Complexity and Diversity Colloquium.
Honors Disciplinary Studies - The Disciplinary Studies non-foundational courses may be taken in sophomore year for students who have completed at least one Honors Foundation Course and any designated prerequisites. Students outside of the Honors College with a 3.400 GPA and recommendation of a faculty member may be granted permission by the Honors College Dean, in collaboration with the Department Chair of the discipline offering the course, to enroll in the course.
All Honors students must satisfy the Honors Immersed and Bachelor’s Essay requirements. These requirements are, in most cases, completed within the student’s major(s) and minor(s) and selected strategically in consultation with an advisor. They are designed as “high impact” experiences that deeply engage the student in the work of the discipline and prepare them to contribute to a diverse and changing world. The product of these experiences would be a signature project that reflects a student’s integration and application of their learning to a significant project that has meaning for their own long-term goals and for society. Ideally, the signature project encourages the student to synthesize connections among experiences outside the classroom that leads to a deepening of understanding in the student’s field of study.