Honors Program

The Honors Program is designed to empower students by offering alternative educational opportunities. These alternatives come in the form of Honors classes, either at the 100, 200, or 300 level. In these classes students will be given opportunities for greater exploration and more rigorous analysis of course content. Great emphasis is placed on the development of oral and written communication, as well as on critical thinking.

All entering students who have a GPA of 3.5 or above or an ACT of 26 or higher are eligible to enter the pro-gram. Students with a GPA of 3.0 or above and a ranking in the top ten percent of their high school class, may petition the Honors Committee by sending a letter indicating why they wish to participate in the Honors Program.

After being accepted into the program, the student must maintain a 3.5 or higher GPA and complete 12 hours of Honors coursework in order to graduate with Honors. Three hours of the 12 must be a Senior Honors thesis or an appropriate substitute. (Substitutes for Senior thesis work are arranged at the divisional level and in consultation with the Honors Committee.) The required twelve hours of Honors coursework must be taken over the course of at least two semesters.

Honors Courses

HP200 Freshman/Sophomore Colloquium. 1-4 hours. This course is designed to allow the Honors students to investigate a topic more thoroughly and with greater intellectual rigor than would be possible in a regular 100- or 200-level class. Materials and methods will vary among disciplines, but all Honors classes are designed to have an intensive focus on writing, reading, and critical thinking. They may also be interdisciplinary and employ innovative teaching techniques. This class may count towards general education requirements, elective credit, or credit in the major or minor.

HP300 Junior/Senior Colloquium. 1 - 4 hours. This course is designed to allow the Honors students to investigate a topic more thoroughly and with greater intellectual rigor than would be possible in a regular 300-level class. Materials and methods will vary among disciplines, but all Honors classes are designed to have an intensive focus on writing, reading, and critical thinking. They may also be interdisciplinary and employ innovative teaching techniques. This class may count towards general education requirements, elective credit, or credit in the major or minor.

HP480 Senior Honors Research. 3 hours. The student will arrange for thesis research to be supervised by an appropriate faculty member who agrees to supervise the project.  The student will enroll in one section, either discipline specific or interdisciplinary.  The research will be supervised and graded by the faculty member, who will ensure that the project goes through multiple drafts.  The supervising faculty member will then submit the completed thesis to a committee comprised of two other appropriate faculty members, as well as the President of the University, the Academic Dean, and the Honors Director for a public thesis defense, open to all members of the campus community.  The written thesis may be replaced or modified after approval at the divisional level and in consultation with the Honors committee.  A student who fails Honors senior thesis cannot retake it for Honors credit, but must instead substitute a regular senior thesis.  Prerequisite: Nine hours of Honors coursework and approval of supervising faculty.