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Honors Experience Requirements

To remain in good standing in the honors program, students must demonstrate their engagement by participating in a minimum number of Honors Experiences each year. Students are also expected to meet regularly with their Honors Advisor and maintain a grade point average consistent with eligibility for graduation with Latin Honors.

Freshman Year: Minimum 4 Honors Experiences Required

Students build a solid foundation of knowledge to serve them throughout their undergraduate career. Most students complete first-year Honors Experiences primarily through honors courses.

  • A minimum of two honors courses (honors seminars, departmental honors courses, or freshman seminars—at least six credits combined)
  • Two additional Honors Experiences (courses or non-course experiences)

Sophomore Year: Minimum 4 Honors Experiences Required

Students continue to take honors courses while expanding their education beyond the classroom. Through non-course Honors Experiences they begin to apply their knowledge in the laboratory, studio, or community.

  • A minimum of two honors courses (honors seminars, departmental honors courses, graduate level courses—at least six credits combined)
  • Two additional Honors Experiences (courses or non-course experiences)

Junior Year: 3 Honors Experiences Required

Students engage in research, scholarship, or creative activity with a faculty mentor—an important step toward the development of a project for the honors thesis—while deepening and broadening their knowledge and skill base.

  • One honors course (honors seminars, departmental honors courses, graduate level courses)
  • Two additional Honors Experiences (courses or non-course experiences)

Senior Year: 3 Honors Experiences Required

The honors education culminates in the writing of an honors thesis. Through this thesis, students demonstrate mastery of their field of study, along with the ability to think creatively and independently.

  • One honors course (honors seminars, departmental honors courses, graduate level courses)
  • One additional Honors Experience (course or non-course experience)
  • Latin Honors Thesis

Honors Continuation

A comprehensive review is conducted each summer to determine whether or not a student is eligible to continue in the Honors Program. This review includes an evaluation of academic performance as well as engagement in the program—defined as enrollment in honors courses, completion of non-course Honors Experiences (see left), and attendance at required advising appointments.

Get a late start?

Students admitted to the program after freshman or sophomore year are not required to retroactively fulfill the requirements for those years. Please note: All students are required to satisfy all junior and senior year requirements.