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Honors Program

Honors Curriculum

Honors Program students are required to complete eight honors courses in four years. The year-long service learning course counts as ONE Honors course, and the two Capstone courses count as TWO Honors courses. This means that in addition to these required Honors courses, students must complete FIVE courses. At least one of those five courses must be an Honors Component.First-years must achieve a minimum 3.4 cumulative GPA by the end of their first year; sophomores and beyond must maintain a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA thereafter.
Additional information regarding program requirements can be found in the 2014-2015 Student Handbook, located here


First Year

An honors first-year should aim to complete at least three Honors courses during their first year. 

  • Honors Introduction to College Writing (FYW1050H) *
  • Honors Christianity in Context (RTS1100H) 
  • Honors Introduction to Philosophy (PHL1000H) 

* An honors section of FYW1050H is required, even with AP or transfer credit equivalent.  

Students should not take non-Honors sections of RTS1100H and PHL1000H if possible. In addition, Honors students at any level may choose an Honors section of Calculus, Physics, Psychology, Business, History or other courses depending on their interest and course availability.

Important:  Many first-year honors classes are pre-populated by the Registrar for their first semester to ensure that students meet Program requirements.  First-years in the Honors Program should not drop or withdraw from any honors course without first contacting the Honors Program Director. 


Second Year

In addition to any regular honors course the student may select, second year Honors students are pre-populated into Reflecting on Service classes. These classes meet once a week (usually on Monday afternoons) for about an hour.

  • Reflecting on Service I  (HON2001H)  1cr – Fall
  • Reflecting on Service II (HON2002H)  1cr – Spring

Students perform two hours of community service per week and meet biweekly (about 5-6 times per semester) to reflect on their service experience. The successful completion of a student’s service and of HON2001H-HON2002H will count as ONE Honors course. Click here to view the syllabus.

Beginning in their second year, Honors students are expected to branch out on their own and earn Honors credit for one of their non-Honors classes by means of an Honors Component.  This will be required to be completed by the end of junior year.  

Third Year

By the end of junior year, Honors students are required to have completed an Honors Component.

In their second semester, Honors juniors are required to take the first Honors senior Capstone seminar to begin planning their capstone project.

  • Honors Senior Capstone I (HON4001H) 2cr  – Spring

An Honors student must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 at the end of the junior year in order to be eligible to complete the Honors Capstone Project. All students who achieve a 3.5 by that time will be allowed to complete the project and will graduate as a member of the Honors Program upon successful completion of the Capstone.

Recognizing that a good student may suffer a single poor semester under extenuating circumstances, a student falling below the 3.5 threshold at the end of the junior year may, upon appeal to the Honors Program Director and with the approval of a majority of the members of the Honors Program Committee, to have the GPA re-calculated by excluding the lowest of the student’s six semester GPAs.

Fourth Year

Honors program seniors are required to complete a capstone project. Capstone classes will count for 1 of the 8 Honors classes required: HON4001H (2 credits) and HON4002H (2 credits) = one Honors course.   A separate course or directed study in which the Capstone Project is completed = one Honors course.  Thus, by completing the capstone project as indicated above, students will receive credit for two Honors courses. 

  • Honors Senior Capstone II (HON4002H) 2cr - Fall

See details in attached “Honors Senior Capstone” Guidelines.