A&S Honors Program
The Honors Program in the College of Arts and Sciences provides a unique academic and co-curricular experience for the most capable and motivated students.
The academic opportunities include honors courses, interdisciplinary seminars, faculty mentoring, and senior projects. The co-curricular activities involve a residential community, honors societies, campus events, and colloquium presentations. All are designed to encourage top students to excel, and upon program completion, earn the special diploma designation of University Honors.
A&S Honors Program Requirements
There are two tracks for students to complete the A&S Honors Program:
- Honors with Thesis Track
- Non-Thesis Honors Track (which involves more coursework)
- 6+ credits of honors general education courses (e.g., honors WRT and UIS) and/or “honors contract” courses
- 6 credits of 300-level honors seminars, the Humanities Center Seminar, and with the permission of the A&S Honors Coordinator, students in the natural sciences may substitute a 300- or 400-level “honors contract” course for one of the seminars. Psychology Honors students, with permission, may substitute PSY 487 for one honors seminar.
- A 6-credit honors thesis (HON 493 Honors Research and HON 494 Honors Thesis). Psychology Honors students may substitute PSY 488 for HON 493, but they must take HON 494 to complete the A&S Honors Program requirements.
- 6+ credits of honors general education courses (e.g., honors WRT and UIS) and/or “honors contract” course.
- 9 credits of 300-level honors seminars, the Humanities Center Seminar, and with the permission of the A&S Honors Coordinator, students may substitute a 300- or 400-level “honors contract” course for one (or possibly two) of the seminars.
- 3 credits of either a 300-level Honors seminar taken in the senior year in which the student completes an Honors Research Project on the course topic via honors contract, or an upper-level course in the student’s major (including an independent study or an internship, as appropriate) in which the student completes an Honors Research Project via honors contract.
Transfer students who enter A&S with junior status or above will be waived from the first six credits of honors general education. They must complete one of the two tracks of 12 credits of advanced honors course as well as fulfill the GPA requirements noted above.