University Honors Program

 

Two pathways allow first-year entering students and continuing or transfer students to participate. All students must achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 by graduation and complete a Senior Honors Thesis to earn the “University Honors Scholar” designation on their transcript and diploma. 

Fall 2013 Honors Student Handbook

 

Track 1: University Honors Scholar

The University Honors Scholar program is designed for outstanding students who wish to fulfill a majority of their general education requirements through innovative interdisciplinary seminars. Honors students fulfill history and writing requirements, for example, by taking broad-based seminars rather than stand-alone composition or history courses. The Track 1 program is available to all majors.

Track 2 : Discipline Honors Scholar

In addition, many academic departments allow students to participate in the Honors Program through the Discipline Honors Scholar program. This option is well suited for outstanding students who have completed many general education requirements and wish to focus on upper division Honors experiences in their majors. A list of CSU course equivalents for AP and IB courses is available here.
Please note that not all majors have Track 2 programs.

Track 1: University Honors Scholar

To graduate as a University Honors Scholar, a student must complete the 23-credit Honors core curriculum and achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 at the time of graduation.


The advantages of the University Honors Scholar Option are:


-An enriched undergraduate education through small, interdisciplinary seminars and Honors courses.
-A superior way to fulfill the University's general education requirements.
-Completion of the AUCC requirements in the following five categories: written communication, arts/humanities (3 of 6 credits), social/behavioral sciences, historical perspectives and global and cultural awareness.
-Special recognition by the Honors Program and the college during graduation ceremonies.
-University Honors Scholar designation appears on transcript and diploma.


Track 1 includes an integrated core of four interdisciplinary Honors seminars, two Honors courses in the major, and an Honors thesis/creative project. The design of the core reflects the view that a world-class education is continuous and balanced among disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches, and that it incorporates both breadth and depth of studies. The seminars share common integrative themes (based upon the All University Core Curriculum (AUCC) requirements) and students are engaged in broad intellectual perspectives throughout their college career. The two courses in the major enable students to connect more closely with faculty and to engage more deeply in disciplinary studies. The Honors senior thesis (which may include creative artistry) is the quintessential capstone experience.


Track 1 Curriculum

Integrated Core: 4 Honors Seminars 13 credits
HONR 192: First-Year Seminar 4 credits
HONR 193: Seminar 3 credits
HONR 392: Seminar 3 credits
HONR 492: Senior Seminar 3 credits

Two Honors Courses in Dept, College, or Major 6 credits
A sophomore level course (200-300) 3 credits
An upper division course (300-400) 3 credits

Honors Thesis or Project 4 credits
HONR 399: Honors Pre-Thesis 1 credits
HONR 499: Senior Honors Thesis 3 credits

Total 23 credits

 

Click on the links below to see additional information about Honor courses required by major for Track 1 programs. Students must choose one course from the first course column and one from the second column. Majors are listed alphabetically by college. 


Note: ** indicates that you may choose ANY course with that prefix (i.e. ART3** means that you may choose ANY 300-level Art course).

If you have questions regarding the Honors Program curriculum please refer to the Honors Student Handbook or contact the Honors office for assistance.

Track 2: Discipline Honors Scholar

Students who entered the Honors Program prior to Fall, 2014 will need to meet these requirements.  This  program of study consists of a freshman seminar during the fall semester (the seminar is waived for students entering the program after the first semester of the freshman year) and 16 credits of upper division courses in the major/discipline, including the Honors pre-thesis class and Senior Honors Thesis. Track 2 students must complete their thesis requirement in their major. Please note that not all departments offer a Track 2 program. 


Track 2 Curriculum

1. IU 193: Honors Freshman Seminar 1 credits

2. Three to four Honors courses in the major 12 credits

3. Honors Thesis or Project 4 credits
HONR 399: Honors Pre-Thesis 1 credits
HONR 499: Senior Honors Thesis 3 credits

Total 17 credits

 

Click on the links below to see additional information about meeting the requirements in majors which have approved Track 2 programs. Majors are listed alphabetically by college.

*Note: Unless otherwise listed, classes are 3 credits each
** All majors must complete the Senior Honors Thesis requirement.

If you have questions regarding the Honors Program curriculum please refer to the Honors Student Handbook or contact the Honors office for assistance.