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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 Education follows the requirements below:

Honors Core

Science Requirement

  • Two courses:
  • Students majoring in Secondary Education Social Science or History will opt for an HON 225 Biology section and a Scientific Inquiry Geography course selected in consultation with the student's major advisor. If no Honors Biology sections are offered they may replace HON 225 with a Biology Lab course approved by COE advisor. These students should also consult with their Honors advisor about successful completion of their science requirements.
  • Students with a science major in Education will replace this requirement with two non-science electives at the 200 or 300 level.
  • Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education majors should consult with COE and Honors advisors about additional requirements in Social Science and Scientific Inquiry, which may possibly replace Honors requirements.

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 3-course sequence options to fulfill the language requirement. Language majors must fulfill the Honors language requirement with an alternate approved 3-course sequence.

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

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 two faculty advisors. 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 and thesis materials.  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 students who do not have a statistics or calculus requirement for their major must complete HON 180, Data Analysis and Statistics, before completing the science requirements. Honors students who have a statistics or calculus requirement for their major are waived from HON 180, and the course will be replaced by an open elective.​

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.