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Honors Curriculum

The Honors College curriculum is designed to coordinate with the University of Houston's core curriculum and major degree requirements throughout the University. Students can fulfill many of the University's core requirements through Honors sections that take the place of regular required core courses; students also take electives and courses in their major and minor areas of study for Honors credit to complete their Honors College requirements.

To meet requirements to graduate with University Honors, Honors College students take 36 semester hours, or 12 Honors courses. At least 19 of these hours are in Honors core offerings, while the remaining 17 semester hours include an Honors Colloquium (typically 3 semester hours) and 14 hours in the student's remaining coursework. This 14-hour block may also include 6 hours of thesis courses.

Honors in the Core Curriculum

The following Honors courses are designed to fulfill requirements in the University's core curriculum, allowing Honors College students to satisfy Honors and core requirements simultaneously.

  • The Human Situation: Antiquity
  • The Human Situation: Modernity
  • Honors American History
  • Honors American Government (Political Science)
  • Honors Social Science

Beyond the Core: Honors Math and Science

Because of the large number of pre-professional students who enroll in the Honors College, Honors courses are also available in the mathematics and sciences. These courses are also approved to satisfy core requirements and are recommended to students majoring in the natural sciences or engineering or preparing for admission to pharmacy school. These courses are not required for non-science majors.

  • Honors Mathematics
  • Honors Biology
  • Honors Chemistry

Other Component Courses in Honors

Honors students pursuing University Honors or Collegiate Honors take an Honors Colloquium as part of their degree requirements. The Colloquium is a 3000- or 4000-level course that often serves to satisfy a degree requirement in the student's major or minor degree plan. The Colloquia change each semester, and efforts are made to include Colloquia satisfying a broad range of major and minor programs.

Students considering an honors thesis as part of their degree plan should review the information available on the Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards' website and set an appointment with Rikki Bettinger, associate director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards.