​Students pursuing degrees in the College of Computing and Digital Media are to follow the Honors Program Requirements listed below:

Honors Core

Honors students who do not have a calculus, discrete math, or statistics requirement as part of their major must complete HON 180, Data Analysis and Statistics, before enrolling in HON 207 or HON 225.


Students with a lab science requirement for the major will replace this course with one additional Honors Approved Elective.


  • One applied, performance, or studio course from approved list.      
  • BFA majors do not have an Arts requirement for the Honors Program.


  • Three courses of intermediate or advanced language study.
  • BFA majors do not have a language requirement for the Honors Program.

Students who meet the proficiency requirement by placing at the 200-level of a language may consult with an Honors advisor for an alternative 3-course sequence to replace the language requirement.

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

Choose one from below

Students who choose to complete an Honors Senior 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.

Honors Approved Electives

Approved Electives are designed to help students achieve expertise in a field outside of the major.  These courses are chosen in consultation with an Honors advisor to achieve specific academic or professional goals.   CDM students are allotted between 0 and 2 Approved Electives, depending on their major and concentration.  Students should consult with an Honors Advisor to determine the number of Approved Electives they are required to fulfill.

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.  

Major Field Adjustments 

In addition, participation in the University Honors Program may affect the requirements for a student's major field. The following adjustments may occur:

  • BFA majors in the Honors Program will replace the Honors Approved Elective with one of the required Arts & Literature courses. The second Arts & Literature course requirement is waived.
  • CDM majors with major requirements placed in the liberal studies section of the degree will have their Honors Approved Elective requirement adjusted accordingly so that the number of Honors requirements coheres with the number of liberal studies requirements.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or higher in HON 100 and 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.