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Honors Curriculum Requirements

To graduate from the Honors College, students must maintain a 3.25 cumulative grade point average, a 3.0 GPA in the Honors curriculum, and complete the Honors core, thesis, and one of the three elective concentrations. The Honors College curriculum is designed to work with any degree program by overlapping with Foundational Studies requirements and major classes.

Honors Core

The Honors curriculum features a core of four classes that immerse students in the great ideas and works of human civilization and equips them with the tools to think critically, analytically and with the ability to integrate and synthesize across disciplines and concepts. As a part of that, the Honors senior seminar/thesis is intended to challenge the student to conduct a research project that integrates the strands of expertise developed through the Honors core, minor and the student's major program. The four Honor core classes satisfy a block of seven Foundational Studies categories, allowing Honors students to move more quickly through those requirements.

  • General Honors (GH) 101: Honors Seminar: Comtemporary Issues (3 Credits)
  • General Honors (GH) 201: Introduction to the Great Works (3 Credits)
  • General Honors (GH) 301: Honors Junior Seminar (3 Credits)
  • General Honors (GH) 401: Senior Thesis (3 Credits) - to be taken after completing the other courses in the Honors core plus 12 credits in the student's selected elective track

Honors and Foundational Studies

Students who complete the Honors core (GH 101, GH 201, GH 301, and GH 401) and will have met the following Foundational Studies requirements:

  • Social and Behavioral Science
  • Literary Studies
  • Fine and Performing Arts
  • Ethics and Social Responsibility
  • Upper Division, Integrative Electives

Honors Concentrations

Note: This information is based on the 2019-2020 undergraduate catalog. Please refer to the requirements in your catalog and sonsult with your academic advisor before declaring a minor or registering for classes.

In addition to completing the Honors core, students specialize in Honors through one of three elective concentrations designed to allow more substantial exposure and experience in sub-areas:

Global Perspectives

Global Perspectives (21-25 Credits)

Honors in the Major and/or Foundational Studies