One of the benefits to participating in Honors is the type of courses offered, which are interdisciplinary and small in size with a maximum of 17 students in each. Honors faculty design courses that are flexible and provide students the opportunity to fulfill the course requirements in a variety of ways. Additionally, students in our program will have access to early registration and to scholarships that are only available through Honors.
Our courses are small in size and seminar-style. The Honors faculty promote discussion between students and faculty, and offer class field trips and other activities. Students have the opportunity to choose which classes satisfy their major requirements, while learning diverse topics. Honors also offers contract courses and independent study as well as the Honors thesis, which allow students to design their own curriculum.
There is no deadline to apply to Honors. Students can apply whenever they choose. Incoming students must send in a separate application to our program. Continuing students can apply at any time. Although there are no deadlines, Honors courses and Honors sections of University Seminar (US 1100) and programs such as the Honors residence option are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
You will receive an official acceptance letter in the mail welcoming you to the Honors program. You may also start receiving emails about events in Honors prior to receiving an official letter, which also means that you have been accepted to the program.
Students can apply to Honors whenever they choose. To graduate in the program, students must take and complete five honors courses (15 hours), one of which must be the Honors thesis. We strongly encourage juniors and seniors to email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment for Honors advising.
The best way to figure out an Honors plan is to meet with an advisor. Please email email@example.com to make an appointment. Each student is unique and we want to work with each of you to make the best choices possible.
Honors students are not obligated to take an Honors course each semester. Once students are enrolled in the program, they can take Honors courses whenever they choose. However, if you want to graduate in the program, students must complete a minimum of 15 hours in the Honors Program, including the Honors thesis. To graduate with a Minor in Honors Studies, students need to take at least 21 hours in the Honors Program.
Students must obtain special approval before registering for an Honors course. More information on registering for Honors courses can be found here.
Departmental Honors courses are Honors sections of regular offerings. These classes are smaller in size and offer more focus on a subject. Examples of departmental honors courses include Business Law, Calculus I and II, General Science, and Organic Chemistry. Departmental Honors courses are taught in the building housing the particular department.
The Honors Contract allows an Honors student to enroll for a 3000 or 4000-level non-Honors course, complete additional work that represents a qualitative enhancement to the existing course, and have the completed course and additional work count as an Honors course.
This course is individual study under direct supervision of a professor for Honors credit. The course meeting days, times, and substitutions are arranged by the professor and honors student.
More information on how to register for Honors Independent Study can be found here.
Students will receive an Honors medallion at graduation if they have:
Honor cords are not awarded by the University Honors Program. They are awarded by the individual disciplines and departments to which students belong. Please review the commencement information page and FAQ page for more information on honor cords.
Meet the Professor Night is an event where Honors faculty give presentations about the classes they are offering in the fall or spring semester to recruit potential students. This event also provides students the opportunity to meet with and talk to professors about their classes. Traditionally Meet the Professor Night provides the first opportunity for Honors students to sign up for the next semester's honors courses.
Students are not required to write a thesis unless they want to graduate in the Honors program or earn a Minor in Honors Studies.
Yes, if you want to discuss options, request an appointment at firstname.lastname@example.org for advising.
Students must complete 15 hours of Honors courses, including the Honors Thesis course to graduate in the program. The Minor in Honors Studies requires 21 semester hours of Honors courses, including the thesis course. In addition, students earning a Minor in Honors Studies are required to demonstrate cross-cultural competency. This could include study abroad or some kind of experience with another culture in the community in which the student lives or works. Completion of the minor also qualifies students for graduating in the Honors Program.