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Honors Curriculum

Honors students complete their humanities and social science core requirements in an Honors context. Students are required to be familiar with the degree requirements for their major as specified in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Honors courses consist of three components:

  • The Freshman Sequence: Honors Literature, Honors History and Honors Philosophy
  • Social Science and Humanities Courses: Honors Social Science, Honors Psychology, Honors Speech, Honors Art, Honors Spanish and Honors French
  • Advanced Electives Seminars: unique, interdisciplinary seminars often including field trips, travel and guest lecturers

What makes Honors courses unique?

  • Class size is limited to 17 students for the core courses and 16 for the upper-level courses
  • Seminar format
  • Thematic and interdisciplinary exploration of class topics
  • Student-centered, discussion-oriented classroom experience
  • Critical and analytical thinking and writing are emphasized in all courses
  • Exciting and motivated faculty members
  • Excited and motivated students

Comparison of Honors Requirements with the General Core Curriculum Requirements

Honors students are required to take the core curriculum courses as specified by their major for which there is an Honors equivalent. We do not require that students take any additional courses. As a result, you do not need to take any extra courses to complete the Honors Program and graduate on time.

Area Honors Core Curriculum Credits General Core Curriculum Credits
  OS 1H (Honors Sections) 1 OS 1 1
Humanities: I Honors English (HEG 21, 22) 6 ENG 16
Core Seminar (COS 50)
ENG 61-64
3
3
6
Humanities: II Honors Philosophy (HHP 21, 22) 6  Philosophy (PHI 61, 62) 6
Humanities: III* Honors Spanish (HLS 21,22) or Honors French (HLF 21, 22) 6 Foreign Language 6
Humanities: IV** Honors Art (HAR 21, 22) 3 Music/Art/Dance/Theater 61 3
Social Science: I Honors History (HHI 21, 22) 6 History (HIS 1, 2) 6
Social Science: II*** Social Science (HSS 21, 22) and Honors Psychology (HPS 21) 6 Social Science from Anthropology 4, 5; Economics 1, 2; Political Science 11; Psychology 3; and Sociology 3 6
Communications: IV Honors Speech (HSP 21, 22) 3 Speech (SPE 3) 3
Honors Electives**** 9 or 12 Upper Level Liberal Arts Electives 9-12

* Not required of Business, or Pharmacy or School of Health Professions majors.
** Required only of Richard L. Conolly College and School of Education students.
*** Business majors are required to take Economics 1, 2 to satisfy Social Science requirement.
**** Students who begin the Honors Program after they complete the Core Curriculum or the equivalent in transfer credits take 12 credits of Honors Electives to complete the program.