Honors College Curriculum

LIU Post's Honors College is designed for academically motivated students of every major offered on campus. Individuality, critical thinking, creativity, social engagements, and preparation of future achievement are all cultivated by participation in honors. Students may enter as freshman, sophomores and juniors. Transfer students are welcome.

Qualifying students in the Deans Scholars Program are encouraged to join as 3-year members.

Intimate seminar style classes of no more than 20 engage students and faculty in full and rich discussions of ideas. Some courses have experiential components. Our “green courses” devoted to environmental commitment qualify students for a free national park journey with the National Collegiate Honors Council. Study and travel abroad are also popular options, and students may use up to 6 credits earned abroad to fulfill Honors College credit.  Every student in the program works with a faculty mentor on research leading to an undergraduate thesis or capstone project in the major. 

Freshmen (who enter the 27 credit program) typically choose two Honors Core courses each semester. These include art history, writing about literature, history, nursing, lab science, political science, sociology, and philosophy. After the freshman year, Honors College students need take only one 3-credit course per term. Entering sophomores (the 3-year and 18 credit option) may continue to complete core requirements with honors core classes or begin taking honors Electives if they have completed their core. Continuing juniors and transfer students (the 2 years and 12 credit option) may take any two honors courses, either core or electives. All Honors College courses are designated by a 300 number code.

Every student in the Honors College completes the 6-credit tutorial (research) thesis or capstone project. This is undertaken as independent study on a topic chosen by the student in collaboration with a faculty member also chosen by the student. Registration for these courses is through the Honors College office. Project descriptions must be approved by the director following approval by the faculty mentor. Projects are archived in our digital commons and students will be able to share their work with prospective employers and graduate schools. The thesis is the crowing achievement of every Honors College graduate.

Honors College students graduate with a well-earned honors diploma citation.

The LIU Post Honors College is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council and the Northeast Region Honors Council. It is home to the freshman honors society Phi Eta Sigma and the upper-class honor society Phi Kappa Phi.

Credit Distribution

Four-Year Participation
27-29 credits total distributed over four years.

Freshman and Sophomore Years            

12-14 credits (Students who elect Honors Science Core earn 1 -2 additional credits in Honors): Honors Liberal Arts, Fine Arts, and Social Science Core Courses (301, 302, 303, 304)

 3 credits Honors Elective (sophomore year only)

Junior year
3 credits: Honors Advanced Elective
3 credits: Tutorial (spring semester)

Senior year
3 credits: Thesis, (fall semester)
3 credits: Honors Advanced Elective, (fall or spring semester)


Three-Year Participation
18-20 credits total distributed over three years.

Sophomore year
6-8 credits Honors courses (depending on whether student takes Honors science in this year). Honors courses can be chosen from Liberal Arts, Fine Art, and Social Science core courses (303, 304).

Junior year
3 credits Honors core or Advanced Elective (fall semester)
3 credits Honors Tutorial (spring semester)

Senior year
3 credits Honors Thesis (fall semester)
3 credits Honors core or Advanced Elective (fall or spring semester)


Two-Year Participation
12 credits total distributed over two years.

The two year option is open to transfer students and continuing students who meet eligibility requirements.

Junior year
6-8 credits: Honors courses (either core or advanced electives). Students who elect to participate in the Honors Science Core will need to take 8 credits to meet this requirement.
3 credits core or Honors Advanced Elective (fall semester)
3 credits Tutorial (spring semester)

Senior year
3 credits Thesis (fall semester)

3 credits core or Honors Advanced Elective (fall or spring semester)