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Honors Curriculum

Honors student Kansas J. studies in the University Center, 2015

Honors students create works of great significance, exceptional quality and depth while working with engaged and exemplary faculty. The Honors Contract Option supports autonomous learning, while regular Lunch and Learns allow students to explore diverse topics, and Senior Symposium showcases independent research and creativity.

Academic Excellence

Honors Associate Degrees

  • Honors Students complete 10 credit-hours of Honors coursework with a grade of 'C' or higher.
  • Students complete HNRS 100 and an Honors Communication course (COMM or ENGL) during their first 25 credits, unless granted an exception by the Honors Program office.
  • Students complete a minimum of 6 credits in Honors-designated courses, generally Honors-enriched sections of general education courses or Honors seminars

Honors Bachelor's Degrees

  • Honors Students complete 22 credit-hours of Honors coursework with a grade of 'C' or higher.
  • Students complete the requirements for an Associate Degree.
  • Students complete a minimum of 6 credits of Individualized Learning experiences at 300 level or above, which may include 
    • Honors Independent Study
    • Honors Contracts
      • Honors Contracts must relate to one of the Honors Program’s core values. No more than 6 credits may be earned in any one core value category. Students and faculty agree which category the contract exemplifies, at the time of submission: Community Engagement (Service), Leadership, Global and Local Citizenship, Critical Thinking, Analytic Reading and Research or Creative Arts.
  • Students complete a HNRS460: Senior Symposium project under the direction of a faculty member.

Honors Professor Brad Isler teaching Biotechnology

The Honors Program is flexible enough to fit each major and any individual’s educational goals if they are interested in completing with Honors. Honors should never cost you additional money by adding an unneeded course to your load, nor should it slow you down or force you to drop a minor.