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The University Honors Program curriculum is the core of an honors education. It is designed to meet the needs of all our students, regardless of their major. Honors courses feature:
Honors Seminars (HSem) are unique, discussion-based courses proposed by faculty on subjects within an area of their academic interest and expertise.
Honors Global Challenge Courses (HCol) take an interdisciplinary problem-solving approach to challenges that extend beyond borders. These courses count as two honors experiences—one course experience and one non-course experience.
Departmental honors courses are offered by departments and colleges from across campus and take many forms.
NB: All Honors courses must be taken A–F. A grade of C- or better is required in order for the course to fulfill an Honors course requirement.
At the recommendation of an honors advisor, a student may fulfill an Honors Experience course requirement through an honors course contract. Course contracts outline additional work for a student to complete in a non-honors course—work that is qualitatively different from the regularly-required course assignments. Students may complete one honors course contract per academic year.
By virtue of its graduate education mission, the University offers advanced classes at the 5xxx through 8xxx level that may be especially appropriate for Honors students to take as they seek to broaden and deepen their knowledge of their fields of interest.
Any class taken at the 6xxx, 7xxx or 8xxx level will fulfill honors course requirements. Students seeking access to a graduate-level course will need permission from the faculty member teaching the course. Students should be prepared to demonstrate their preparation when requesting permission from the instructor; they should not assume that access will be granted. Courses offered at the 5xxx level, which do not require special permission to register, may also fulfill an honors course requirement without an Honors course contract or any other verification, unless the course is required of all students for graduation in the student’s major (and selected emphasis area). Such a course, like any other undergraduate non-Honors course, can be the subject of an Honors course contract.
Completion of a sequence of two semesters of single-credit 5xxx-level music performance classes shall count as one non-course Honors experience, a reflection of the fact that music is a language.
Please consult with your Honors Academic Advisor before enrolling in a graduate level course to be sure the course is appropriate.
Study Groups are available in the areas of chemistry, computer science, math, and physics. Honors students in both honors and non-honors versions of these courses are encouraged to participate in these groups!. Schedules will be posted in the first week of the semester.