An Honors student smiles at graduation.

The Honors College offers four primary means of enriched academic engagement: University Honors; Departmental Honors; Honors International; and, through access to research and fellowship opportunities, within the Center for the Support of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships.

Honors offers courses for students to explore a wide range of subjects. We offer honors sections of University Studies courses as well as different types of seminars. We also offer the opportunity to contract a course at honors level. More information on these courses may be found below.

At A Glance Resources for Honors Curriculum
Honors Course Booklet Fall Fall 2021 Course Book
Honors Course Booklet Spring

Spring 2021 Course Book

University Honors Requirements Worksheet (printable) A resource to track your University Honors progress by hand
University Honors Requirements Worksheet (PDF) A resource to track your University Honors progress through editable PDF
University Honors Requirements for TRANSFERS and students who didn't enter as first-semester freshmen A resource to track your University Honors progress
Honors Contract Course Form Fill out an Honors Contract Course form (electronic form)
Honors Student Handbook Detailed description of the four-year Honors curriculum requirements and guidelines (PDF)
Departmental Honors Handbook Departmental Honors Handbook
Honors Global Citizens and International Splashes See Honors International Page
HON 191: Introduction to Research and Discovery See this description for current sections

Honors Courses 

Honors sections of University Studies courses: Each semester several honors sections of university studies courses will be offered on a rotating basis. These sections are usually restricted to 20 students to allow for enhanced student-faculty interaction and discussion.

>> Learn more about Honors University Studies courses

Honors Seminars: Three kinds of honors seminars are offered each year.

  • HON 110 is a team-taught, three-hour course designed to introduce all first year honors students to the college experience by direct involvement in research, service, and leadership activities. This course may not be repeated for additional credit.
  • HON 120 (& HON 121) are one-hour enrichment seminars that require student participation in a variety of visual/performing/cultural events, lectures, study abroad, research or other applied learning activities. This course may be elected by honors students at any level and may be repeated under different subtitles..
  • HON 210 (& HON 211 and HON 212) is a three-hour interdisciplinary seminar that offers an in-depth investigation of a special topic using the approaches of several disciplines. This course may be repeated under different subtitles.

See course booklets above for a listing of upcoming seminars.

>> Learn more about Honors Seminars

Honors Contracts

Honors Contracts are another type of honors teaching experience. In this class, the professor and the honors scholar student make a contract (similar to a DIS proposal) to add honors-level experience(s) to an ongoing course, so that the student does "honors level work" in the class (but only that student does the work and receives the honors credit).

What do students do for Honors Contracts?

Completing an honors contract may mean that the student engages in additional reading--such as primary sources--with additional or different types of papers for the class. For example, the student might add a critique/analysis to a general class paper, or significantly expand the depth and length of a paper that is already part of the classwork. Or the student may learn a particular section of material well enough to make a special presentation to the class. Other examples include: synthesis of additional compounds and research report (Chemistry); community service focused on the topic of the class (Nursing); create promotional materials (newsletter and calendar); reflective journaling; literature reviews; interview projects; etc. The idea is to engage the student more deeply in the topic of the class, develop applications, and expect mastery of specific material.

How is credit earned for contract courses?

The student must earn at least a B (3.0) to receive honors level credit for the course (designated as such on the transcript). 300 or 400 level classes in the student's major or minor are eligible for honors-level contracts. This can be a very unique learning experience to explore a particular content area in depth.

Each semester, before the end of add/drop, a student must submit the Honors Contract Course Form on InfoReady (see link in table above). The student is expected to initiate a discussion with the instructor and agree upon a set of assignment(s) for the contract independently. Then, the student should submit the form, and the instructor will sign off. 

The designation of "honors-level work" will not appear in Seanet or on a student's transcript until the class is completed. After the end of grading each semester, the Honors College will contact instructors directly to ask whether students successfully completed their honors-level work and earned a B or better. At that point, Honors will ask the Registrar to add the words "honors level work" to the class on the student's transcript. 

What requirements do honors contract courses fulfill?

Typically, honors contract courses fulfill the "3 extra hours of Honors credit" category of Honors College requirements (see requirement worksheets above). In some cases, honors contract courses may be approved to substitute for Honors University Studies requirements, in a case where students enter the Honors College with a significant number of University Studies courses already fulfilled by AP and transfer credit. 

Each student may complete up to 2 contract courses. Students wishing to take more than 2 contract courses should contact the Honors College Director, Dr. Shawn Bingham.