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Autumn 2017-2018

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May 15, 2017

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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:

Honors Core




  • 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 3-course sequence options to fulfill the language requirement.  Language majors must fulfill the language requirement with one year of language study outside of their major or one of the approved 3-course language sequence alternatives.

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 who do not have a calculus or statistics requirement as part of their major must complete HON 180, Data Analysis and Statistics, or the first course in the required calculus or statistics requirement for the major, before enrolling in HON 207 or HON 225. Students majoring in Economics, Public Policy, or Sociology are not required to take HON 180. 

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 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.

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:


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.

International Studies

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.

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 HON 100, HON 350, HON 351 and HON 395.