Colleges & Schools
Core Curriculum Requirements
The Honors College curriculum has been designed
to coordinate with university-wide core curriculum requirements. Honors students, therefore, do not
take more course work, but they are asked to fulfill some of their university core curriculum
requirements through honors courses. Students following the guidelines below will fulfill Honors
College and core curriculum requirements; students should consult the college of their chosen major
for additional requirements.
- Communication and Humanities Requirements
- Complete the six-hour course, "The Human
Situation I: Antiquity," three hours of which count toward the core requirement in Communication,
and three of which count toward the Humanities core requirement.
- Complete the four-hour sequel, "The Human Situation II: Modernity."
- American Studies Requirement
- Complete six hours of courses that satisfy
the state mandated requirement in American History, including at least three hours in an
honors section (HIST 1377H,
HIST 1378H, or
an approved 3000- or 4000-level Honors course in American History).
- Complete six hours of courses that satisfy the state-mandated requirement in Political
Science by successfully completing POLS 1336H
and three hours of advanced Political Science
credit from the subfields of public administration, public law, and American politics or from
- Natural Sciences and Mathematics Requirement
- Complete six hours of courses that satisfy the Natural Sciences core requirement,
least one hour of laboratory with these courses.
- Complete six hours of courses that satisfy
the Mathematics/ Reasoning core requirement. Honors students must demonstrate a proficiency in
mathematics at the "elementary functions" level or higher. Elementary functions courses include
1330 (recommended only for students desiring a
foundation course to prepare for additional coursework in mathematics), and
2311. This proficiency may be demonstrated by
testing or by course work.
- Social Sciences Requirement
Complete six hours of courses that satisfy the Social Sciences core requirement. At least three
hours must be in an honors section, and at least three hours must be in a course designated "writing intensive".
- Foreign Language Requirement
Complete six hours of courses at the 2000 level
(or above) in one foreign language, either modern or classical, with a 3.00 grade point average, or
demonstrate an equivalent proficiency.
Students are expected to fulfill the foreign language requirement to the extent possible without
adding hours to the degree plan in their major.
The requirement is designed to complement the course requirement of particular degree plans and
to recognize a student's previous experience with languages other than English. Honors students
should be aware that competence in a second language is increasingly important in personal and
- Advanced Honors Course Requirement
- Complete three hours in an approved Honors
Colloquium at the 3000- or 4000-level.
- Students wishing to graduate with "University Honors and Honors in [major] " must complete a
six-hour senior honors thesis.
Senior Honors Thesis
For many Honors students, the senior honors thesis (or research project) represents the
culmination of a bachelor's degree. It is the final step toward graduation with University
Honors and Honors in [major]. The honors thesis provides an excellent opportunity for the mature
student, working under the direction of a member of the faculty in the chosen field of study, to
apply skills and knowledge acquired in the first three years of college toward the completion of
an independent scholarly or creative project. During the process, students deepen the work they have done and
apply the skills and knowledge they have accumulated. Moreover, they are expected to make full
use of the University's resources (especially the guidance and criticism of faculty members).
Students wishing to undertake a senior honors thesis need not be members of the Honors College,
but they should have a 3.25 cumulative grade point average as well as a 3.50 grade point average
in the field of the thesis or project. Interested students should pick up the "Guidelines for the
Senior Thesis" from the Honors College office.
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