DePaul University Catalog > Undergraduate Core > Honors Program > Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Like the Liberal Studies Program, the Honors Program consists of between thirteen and twenty courses representing 52 to 80 quarter hours, the exact requirements determined according to the student’s home college and/or major. In general, requirements include core courses, a science sequence, a math requirement, an art requirement, a language sequence, a Junior Seminar, and a Senior Thesis or Senior Seminar. Some AP and IB credit will count towards Honors core courses, science requirements, or language requirements. Depending on the college and major, some Honors requirements may be waived.  Specific requirements can be found within the student's college in the Colleges and Schools section.

Honors Core



  • Honors students who do not have a Calculus, Statistics or Discrete Math requirement for the major are required to take HON 180 DATA ANALYSIS AND STATISTICS.  HON 180, or the first course of the required math sequence for the major, is a prerequisite for HON 207 and HON 225.



  • Three courses of intermediate or advanced language study (required for students who are not in a conservatory or BFA program).
  • 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

Senior Thesis Option 

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.  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.  The number of Honors Approved Electives depends on the college and major.

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.  Students in the School of Education, the School of Music, and the Theatre School whose programs meet the university requirement in experiential learning will be considered to have met the Honors Program requirement as well.

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.

Study Abroad 

Study Abroad is particularly appropriate for students in the Honors Program and, though not required, is strongly recommended. Honors students interested in Study Abroad should plan to participate during  their sophomore or junior year and should make certain that they have fulfilled appropriate modern language requirements before that point in their undergraduate careers. They should meet with the Honors Associate Director prior to their departure for pre-approval of course substitutions.  Coursework completed abroad may substitute for Honors Approved Electives.

Honors Advising

All Honors students will work with an Honors advisor for academic planning and to schedule Honors courses in conjunction with their major requirements.  As a general rule, Honors students take one or two Honors courses each quarter during their first and second years of study and one or two Honors courses a year in the junior and senior years.

Honors Associate Program

Students who apply to the Honors Program having completed between 64 and 96 hours of college work may qualify for the Honors Associate Program.  Students in the Honors Associate Program complete four Honors courses (no more than two at the 100-level) and an Honors Senior Thesis. They are also invited to participate fully in Honors co-curricular programming.  Interested students can pick up application materials in the Honors Office.  Students who successfully complete the Honors Associate Program receive the designation "Honors Program Associate" on their transcript.  

WRD 103 Replacement for Students Leaving Honors Program

For students who withdraw from the Honors Program having completed HON 100, and who do not have AP credit for WRD 103, WRD 103 will be replaced by one of the following courses:  WRD 103, WRD 203, WRD 206, WRD 240, or WRD 300.​