A Look at the Honors Curriculum

The University Honors Program Curriculum Suggested Timeline

Freshman Year
Honors English 101
Spring: Honors English 201
Foundation Course I

Sophomore Year
Foundation Course II
Spring: Colloquium I

Junior Year
Fall: Intermediate Course I
Colloquium II
Spring: Intermediate Course II
Capstone Proposal Due by February 15

Senior Year
Fall: Capstone Work*
Spring: Complete Capstone and Defense by April 15

*The capstone project can be completed earlier in the student’s academic career to allow for senior internships, student teaching, and study abroad commitments. 

The goal of the curriculum is to provide students with a well-rounded education and, at the same time, to give them a chance to follow their own academic, professional or creative interests. To graduate as a University Scholar, a student will take eight courses with the honors program and complete a senior project. Below is a list of the requirements:

Honors Foundations
Foundation courses are general education classes with an honors component.  This component is usually fulfilled through small-group seminar work outside of the regular class.  For those with scheduling conflicts and for those entering the program after their first semester, arrangements can be made to satisfy this requirement by special contract with an instructor in a regular section of a class.  Additionally, first-year University Honors students will take honors-designated English 101 and English 201 together in the fall and spring, respectively.  Foundation courses count toward general education requirements for graduation.

Honors Intermediate Credits
University Honors students complete either two honors-designated upper-level courses in their majors or two semesters of non-English language.  For the sake of reaching a solid level of proficiency, students who pursue language are encouraged to take courses in the same language.

Honors Colloquia
Designed as intensive seminars, these courses are unique to the University Honors Program. They are mid-level courses that assume no prior background in the area. A colloquium generally requires research, an oral presentation, and at least one major paper. Topics are selected by student vote and are announced at least a year in advance.

Honors Capstone Project
As an opportunity to direct their own research, creative activity, service project, or study abroad experience, students complete and defend a capstone project under the mentorship of a chosen faculty member and the honors director.

The program accepts all credits received by AP or dual-enrollment.