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Honors Program

​Most students follow the Liberal Studies Program to meet their general education requirements.  However, students accepted into the Honors Program fulfill general education requirements through an alternative set of courses.  A student in the Honors Program pursuing a primary major in The College of Science and Health follows the requirements below:

Honors Core

Science Requirement

  • BA students in Math and Psychology complete a two course science requirement
  • BA students in Environmental Studies replace the two Honors Science courses with Honors Approved Electives.
  • BS students are waived from this requirement.

Arts Requirement

  • One applied, performance, or studio arts course from approved list. Pathways Honors students in a 3-year program may be waived from the Fine Arts Elective requirement.

Language Requirement 

  • 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 options for a 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 Juniors Seminar in Multiculturalism. 

Senior Capstone

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 to achieve a minor or a second major, or 200-300 level courses chosen to pursue an area of interest outside of the major can count as Honors Approved Electives. Students in Mathematics, B.A. students in Psychology, and B.A. students in Environmental Science have three Honors Approved Electives. B.S. students in Health Sciences may count the Ethics requirement in place of one of the four Approved Electives.  All other B.S. students have four Honors Approved Electives.

Pathways Honors students in a 3-year program will be waived from the Fine Arts Elective requirement. Honors Approved Electives will be utilized to fulfill requirements for the academic program they are in.

B.A. students in Environmental Studies are required to complete HON 180 DATA ANALYSIS AND STATISTICS. All other CSH students follow the Calculus or Statistics requirement for the major and are waived from the HON 180 requirement.

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 100 and 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.


​Exceptions for Neuroscience Majors or Concentrations

Honors students majoring in Neuroscience are waived from HON 207 and the fourth honors approved elective.   Instead, they take two honors approved electives and either NEU 228 or PHL 228 to fulfill the ethics requirement.
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