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Honors Curriculum Requirements

Honors in the Major and/or Foundational Studies Concentration

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 (12 Credits)

Honors students must complete the following four General Honors (GH) courses:

  • General Honors (GH) 101: Honors Seminar: Contemporary 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

Note: Students who complete the Honors core (GH 101, GH 201, GH 301, and GH 401) 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 In the Major and/or Foundational Studies electives (18 Credits)

This concentration allows students to embrace more challenging experiences in their major and the Foundational Studies Program by completing department classes designated as Honors sections or converting classes for Honors credit. Honors Conversion entails a contract between an individual student, an instructor, and the Honors College to determine a suitable enhancement to course content that justifies Honors credit for that class. For example, a student enrolled in ENG 339 - Women’s Poetry might convert that class to ENG 339 - Hon: Women's Poetry through the addition of an assignment(s) or project(s) that raise the level of challenge of the course.

To complete this concentration, students must earn 18 credits of Honors electives through course combinations from any of the following categories. Students may satisfy this requirement with courses from any one, two, or all three categories, according to their preference, needs, and advisement:

  • Honors Conversion
  • Departmental Honors Classes
  • Extra GH Classes (taken in addition to the core requirement)
  • Study Abroad Classes

Please contact the Honors College at 812-237-3225 with any questions.