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Honors Experience Requirements

To remain in the honors program, students must maintain a grade point average of 3.5 and complete a set number of Honors Experiences per year (May and summer sessions included).

Freshman Year

4 Honors Experiences required

  • Two honors courses (honors seminars, departmental honors courses, or freshman seminars totaling at least six credits)
  • Two other Honors Experiences (courses or non-course experiences)

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.

Sophomore Year

4 Honors Experiences required

  • Two honors courses (totaling at least six credits)
  • Two other Honors Experiences (courses or non-course experiences)

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.

Junior Year

3 Honors Experiences required

  • One honors course
  • Two other Honors Experiences (courses or non-course experiences)

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.

Senior Year

3 Honors Experiences required

  • One honors course
  • An honors thesis
  • One other Honors Experience (course or non-course experience)

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.

Honors Certification

Upon completion of these requirements, a yearly "Honors Certification" notation is placed on the student's transcript.

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.