The Honors Curriculum

The Honors curriculum is called Foundations 21 and comprises 21 semester hours of honors courses. Normally taken in the freshman and sophomore years, these courses count toward the 45 semester hours of General Education Requirements needed for baccalaureate degree candidacy (see the section on Honors Courses for a list of regularly offered courses). In addition, many departments will offer upper-level Honors courses at the 400 level, and these classes count towards the completion of the program as well. Recently offered 400 level courses have included “The History of the Law” (for history/political science/pre-law majors), “Jane Austen in Fiction and Film” (English), “Crime, Violence, and Justice in America” (sociology/pre-law), “U.S. Presidential Elections”(history), “The Physics of Sound” (physics/engineering), and others.

Students must maintain a 3.3 GPA and abide by the established university and college rules on academic conduct. Upon completion of the 21 hours students receive an Honors designation on their academic transcript and an Honors Scholar Certificate as long as they are at or above a 3.3 cumulative GPA at graduation.

Only For Students Who Want to Achieve Senior Honors Scholar Status:  Students may further take 6 hours of Honors course work in addition to the 21 needed to complete the program. These classes may also count within the student’s major area of specialization with permission of the department head and the Director of the Honors Program. Students must receive at least a B grade if the seminar is to count for honors credit. After 6 hours, students write a senior thesis (3 credit hours), supervised by an appropriate Honors faculty member in the student’s area of specialization, giving the student a required total of at least 30 Honors hours. This qualifies the student as a Senior Honors Scholar. When complete, Senior Honors status is designated on the student’s academic transcript.