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Honors Program

Honors Requirements

Honors Program students are required to complete eight honors courses in four years. First-year students 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 in order to graduate from the Honors Program.

Please note: the GPA that you have at the end of semester before you graduate will be used to determine whether you will graduate as a member of the Honors Program. (For example, if you will graduate in Spring 2020, we will consult your GPA at the end of fall semester 2019 to determine whether you have met the 3.5 threshold.)

Important: As some curriculum requirements have recently changed, students should consult their Cohort Program Requirements (located in the Resources box).

First Year

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

  • Honors Introduction to College Writing (FYW 1050H) *
  • Honors 1000-level RTS (Religious & Theological Studies) class 
  • Honors Introduction to Philosophy (PHL 1000H) 

* An honors section of FYW 1050H is required, even with AP or transfer credit equivalent.  

Students should not enroll in non-Honors sections of the above classes.  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. Also, all Human Development majors are required by their major to take EDU 2130  - Diversity and Social Justice in the spring of their first year.  With the addition of an Honors Contract, this course fulfills the Honors service learning requirement that most students fulfill during their sophomore year with SOJ 1000H - Introduction to Social Justice - Honors (See below.)  A section of EDU 2130 will include an Honors Contract for Honors Human Development majors.  Be sure to discuss this with your education advisor and with the Honors Program Director to make sure you register for the correct section of the course. 

Second Year

 As of Fall 2017, all incoming first-year students will take an Honors section of Introduction to Social Justice. 

Beginning in their second year, Honors students may earn Honors credit for one of their non-Honors classes by means of an Honors Contract.
> Submit a Spring 2018 proposal

Third Year

In addition to any regular Honors course the student may select, in the second semester of their junior year, Honors students will register for the Honors Senior Capstone seminar to begin planning their capstone project.  This course counts as as one of the eight required Honors courses.

  • Honors Senior Capstone I (HON 4001H) 2CR - Spring of Junior Year

Students who decide to study abroad during the spring semester of their junior year must take HON 4001H in the fall of their senior year.


Fourth Year

Honors program seniors are required to complete a capstone experience. Please check the Honors Student Handbook for more information.