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Students are required to follow the Academic Handbook and Code of Student Responsibility
Students pursuing degrees in the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences are to follow the Honors Program Requirements listed below:
Students who meet the proficiency requirement by placing at the 200-level of a language may consult with an Honors advisor for alternative Language & Systems courses. Language majors must fulfill the language requirement outside of their major.
The Honors Program is committed to developing students’ knowledge and cultural awareness so they may respect and learn from difference. Honors students meet the multicultural requirement by completing HON 301, the Junior Seminar in Multiculturalism.
Honors students who do not have a calculus or statistics requirement as part of their major must complete HON 180, Data Analysis and Statistics, before enrolling in HON 207 or the Honors Science courses. Students majoring in Economics, Public Policy, or Sociology are not required to take HON 180.
Students who choose to do a thesis must have their project approved at least one term prior to executing the project. To gain approval for a senior thesis, students must complete an application, including a project proposal, signed by a faculty advisor. In keeping with the interdisciplinary nature of the program, the thesis should attempt to move outside the boundaries normally associated with one particular discipline and should be supervised by two readers from different academic fields. While the final product must be a substantial piece of work building on the student’s accumulated knowledge and new research, specific requirements for each thesis will depend on the nature of the project. See the Director or Associate Director for an application. Students may opt to enroll in HON 300: Honors Research Seminar (a two-credit elective) to receive dedicated guidance as they prepare the thesis project.
Approved Electives are chosen in consultation with an Honors advisor to achieve specific academic or professional goals. Courses completed for Study Abroad, 200-300 level courses taken for a minor or second major, or 200-300 level courses taken to pursue a specific area of interest outside of the major can count as Honors Approved Electives. Students majoring in Economics, Public Policy, or Sociology have three Honors Approved Electives. Students in all other Liberal Arts and Social Sciences majors have two Honors Approved Electives.
In addition, participation in the University Honors Program may affect the requirements for a student's major field. The following adjustments may occur:
HON 102 replaces one lower division History course for Honors students in History. This course is then replaced with an open elective. Students who are waived from HON 102 for AP credit in European or World History may opt to take HON 102 as a Lower Division History course or complete all five Lower Division History courses.
HON 201 replaces GEO 201 for Honors students in International Studies. ECO 105 is required for all INT majors. For Honors students, this course counts as an open elective.
HON 105 replaces PHL 100 for Honors students in Philosophy. This course is then replaced with an open elective.
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