​Students pursuing degrees in the College of Communication are to follow the Honors Program Requirements listed below:

Honors Core

Science

Arts

Language

  • Three courses of intermediate or advanced language study.

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.

Junior Seminar

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.

Senior Capstone

Honors students must complete HON 180, Data Analysis and Statistics, before enrolling in HON 207 or HON 225. 

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 first 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 for the thesis project.

Honors Approved Electives

Honors students in Communication are allotted two Approved Electives in order to explore an area of study outside their major.  Approved Electives are chosen in consultation with an Honors advisor to achieve specific academic or professional goals.

Experiential Learning

Honors students fulfill the university’s requirement for Junior Year Experiential Learning (JYEL) through completion of an internship course, a service learning course, or a mentoring course, or through participation in a study abroad program. The course will verify completion of the JYEL requirement and be placed where appropriate in the student’s academic program – either as a major requirement, open elective, Honors Approved Elective, or (in the case of HON 351) an Honors core requirement. 

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or higher in HON 110 or 111 is required to remain in the Honors Program.

A grade of C- or higher is required to pass the following courses: HON 100, HON 350, HON 351, and HON 395.

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