The Honors Program gives students opportunities to enroll in honors versions of core courses and to engage in independent thinking, research and writing within their own major.
The honors program provides highly motivated students the opportunity to work closely with professors and other motivated students in advanced levels of critical thinking, analysis, research, writing and communication. The small size of honors classes allows for in-depth discussions and the development of close relationships with fellow students.
The honors program is open to entering first-year students who have scored a 28 or higher composite on the ACT and have a GPA of 3.8 (out of 4) or higher in high school.
Yes. Students may also enter the Honors Program at the sophomore level upon the recommendation by their honors first-year seminar professor.
Honors First Year Seminar: A two-semester course with an emphasis on developing the skills in interpretation, writing, discussion and research which characterize all honors courses.
Great Books: A year-long discussion based seminar for juniors which concentrates on many of the world’s greatest works of literature, political philosophy and intellectual history. Link to Course Description
Fine Arts Honors course (sample titles): Philosophy of Music
If you choose not to continue to take honors courses you may simply register for the non-honors courses of your choice. Students may also take two courses in one semester or skip a semester of honors courses.
To graduate with “All College Honors” students must earn 32 credits in honors courses, including 12 credits in 300-level courses and maintain a 3.4 cumulative GPA. For students who enter the program in their sophomore year or who spend a semester abroad, the 32 credit requirement is reduced to 28 credits with 8 credits in 300-level courses.