Curriculum and Program Requirements
The core Honors curriculum consists of five courses. To learn when (and how often) each course must be taken to fulfill program requirements, please read the descriptions below. Please note that students may chose to follow one of two tracks: a project track (consisting of HNRS 499) or the course track (consisting of an additional Honors elective in place of HNRS 499).
ENGL 101-H Honors Rhetoric
This three (3) credit course examines the processes of writing and oral communication. Honors freshmen are expected to register for this class first semester. (This course is not required for students entering the Honors Program after the freshman year. Students successfully completing this course, however, are automatically eligible to take 200 level Honors electives.)
HNRS 115 Honors Seminar
Honors Seminar is an ongoing zero (0) credit course designed to address issues pertinent to the agenda of the Honors Program, namely the development of academic excellence and opportunities for leadership and service. Topics will vary. The course will meet twice per month. Honors Program members are required to take six semesters of Honors Seminar.
HNRS 210 Leadership and Service
This zero (0) credit course is required for members of the Honors Program at the end of their sophomore year. Students produce a portfolio detailing their required leadership and service activities for the first half of their university careers.
The Leadership and Service component provides the framework for students to discover more about themselves while contributing to the community in which they reside. Each student will choose to participate in activities both on and off campus that will help define his or her goals while contributing to the betterment of the community. For example, a student may choose to perform volunteer work, attend a lecture, serve on a committee, attend a professional conference, or be an Honors officer in order to fulfill this component. The course will be graded on a pass/fail basis.
HNRS 410 Leadership and Service
This zero (0) credit course is required for members of the Honors Program at the end of their final degree year. As with HNRS 210, students produce a portfolio detailing their required leadership and service activities for the second half of their university careers. The course will be graded on a pass/fail basis.
HNRS 499 Honors Project
This three (3) credit course is an opportunity for students to complete an individualized research project or creative accomplishment, produce a documentary, organize a community project or complete a thesis. Students must submit a proposal for the Honors Project during their junior year. After submitting the project proposal to the Honors director, the student will then proceed to complete the project during his or her senior year. A student will normally sign up for the three credit Honors Project course in his or her final semester. If a student does take the Honors Project track, he or she will need to take and additional Honors elective instead of HNRS 499.
In addition to these core courses, students will need to take at least four (if following the project track) or five (if following the course track) Honors electives by the end of their senior year. See our Current Honors Electives page to learn more about our offerings each semester.
Honors is an active academic and social community. To remain a member of the Honors Program in good standing, it is expected that members attend at least 80% of all scheduled Honors events. Included in this 80% are three mandatory major events: the President's Dinner, the Honors Retreat, and the Honors Brunch.