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Honors Curriculum and Courses

Honors Curriculum and Courses

The Honors curriculum is designed for deeper learning across the disciplines and taught by faculty from across campus. The curriculum offers the vast majority of the nine General Education Objective requirements by offering classes in each of the objectives each semester. Through "Honors Contracts" with individual faculty members you have the ability to deepen your learning in most classes, both upper and lower-division, across campus. The curriculum also provides interdisciplinary seminars and a research track for pursuing an Honors degree.

Explore the different aspects that encompass Honors curriculum and courses.

First-year Honors students: You are encouraged to create an individualized schedule that work best for your unique major and interest utilizing the General Education Honors courses. In order to support a successful transition to both the university and the Honors Program, you are encouraged to enroll in Honors Humanities I - HONS 1101 (satisfies Objective 1, ENGL 1102) fall semester, Honors Humanities II - HONS 1102 (spring semester) and Honors First Year Transition - ACAD 1104H- Fall semester. As a first-year student, you are required to take 12 Honors credits within your first two semesters (6 credits in the Fall and 6 credits in the Spring).

Second-year Honors students: You are urged to enroll in University Inquiry (ACAD 1111H) to expand critical thinking, research, and writing skills, to prepare for independent research. You learn how to identify an information need, evaluate information discovered, and use information effectively and ethically. You are encouraged to discover and build relationships with faculty within your intended majors and minors. This may be the time you first approach a faculty member to develop an "Honors Contract" for a course.

Third- and Fourth-year Honors students: You have the opportunity to enroll in Honors Interdisciplinary Seminars (HONS 3391). Seminar course offerings differ by semester and introduce you to more in-depth analysis of a particular field or subject. Seminar classes tend to be wildly popular because you are able to engage with issues in ways not normally pursued in traditional courses. Past topics have included: "Introduction to Communication Differences and Disorders Through Film," "Exploring Local Socio-Ecological Systems," "The History of Humor in the United States," and "B-grade Horror Movie Monsters."  You will also want to consider taking HONS 3393 - Introduction to Honors Thesis in the fall semester.

During your final year, the Honors Thesis is completed. It may be a research-based senior thesis or another discipline-appropriate project. The thesis may take many forms depending upon the discipline and field from which you are working.  You will want to enroll in HONS 4493 - Honors Thesis.