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Honors Courses & Checklists

Throughout your time as an Honors student, there are various options for courses you can take – to fulfill your Honors Core and your personal interests.

These checklists and course descriptions will help ensure that you stay on track with all your requirements!

Degree conferral will only happen when you have completed all degree categories, including Honors Core (56-57 credits), major, and at least 120 credits or more. Make sure that your advisers have reviewed with you all records of your previous college-level work (i.e. AP exams and college transcripts).

Consult with your Honors adviser, your departmental adviser and the College Catalog for details concerning graduation.

Honors Core (20 credits)

  • Fall Freshman Year: HON 101
  • Spring Freshman Year: HON 102, HON 112
  • Fall Sophomore Year: HON 201
  • Spring Sophomore Year: HON 202
  • Fall Junior Year: HON 401
  • Fall Senior Year: HON 402

Social Science Sequence (6 credits)

Select two (2) courses from the following options:

  • ECO 201
  • ECO 202
  • POL 201
  • POL 203
  • PSY 201
  • PSY 202
  • SOC 101
  • SOC 102

Upper-Level Courses (9 credits)

Select three (3) courses from the following options, from different departments:

  • ENG 300+
  • HST 300+
  • RST 300+
  • PHL 300+
  • ECO 300+
  • POL 300+
  • PSY 300 +
  • SOC 300 +

Math, Science And Technology (12-13 credits)

  • BIO 101, CHM 109, PHY 101 or BIO 125
  • MTH 231
  • CS 201

Fine And Performing Arts (3 credits)

  • FPA 200+

Foreign Language (6-credit sequence, as advised)*

  • Two (2) courses of one (1) language

*Students seeking to take their high school language must be placed according to skill level and may NOT take intro level of the high school language and receive credit.

AP exams in French, German, Spanish and Latin (not Virgil), with a score of 3 or better, may be used to fulfill this requirement.

Degree conferral will only happen when you have completed all degree categories, including Honors core (56-57 credits), major, and at least 126 credits or more. Make sure that your advisers have reviewed with you all records of your previous college-level work (i.e. AP exams and college transcripts).

Consult with your Honors adviser, your departmental adviser and the College Catalog for details concerning graduation.

Honors Core (20 credits)

  • Fall Freshman Year: HON 101
  • Spring Freshman Year: HON 102, HON 112
  • Fall Sophomore Year: HON 201
  • Spring Sophomore Year: HON 202
  • Fall Junior Year: HON 401
  • Fall Senior Year: HON 402

Economics Sequence (6 credits)

  • ECO 201
  • ECO 202

Upper-Level Courses (9 credits)

Select three (3) courses from the following options, from different departments:

  • ENG 300+
  • HST 300+
  • RST 300+
  • PHL 300+
  • ECO 300+
  • POL 300+
  • PSY 300+
  • SOC 300+

Math, Science And Technology (12-13 credits)

  • BIO 101, CHM 109, PHY 101 or BIO 125
  • MTH 231
  • CS 201

Fine And Performing Arts (3 credits)

  • FPA 200+

Foreign Language (6-credit sequence, as advised)*

  • Two (2) courses of one (1) language

*Students seeking to take their high school language must be placed according to skill level and may NOT take intro level of the high school language and receive credit.

AP exams in French, German, Spanish and Latin (not Virgil), with a score of 3 or better, may be used to fulfill this requirement.

Business Degree Core

  • BUS 100
  • BUS 130
  • BUS 150
  • BUS 201
  • BUS 202
  • BUS 210
  • BUS 220
  • BUS 230
  • BUS 240
  • BUS 320
  • BUS 410
  • BUS 470

Honors Humanities Seminar

This seminar is an integral part of freshman and sophomore years. Offered as four (4) three-credit courses, the Humanities Seminar introduces students to the central concepts of philosophy, history, literature, and religious studies in an interdisciplinary fashion. These seminars are team-taught by two professors from different academic disciplines, exposing students to interdisciplinary perspectives and expanding the students' abilities to examine ideas critically.

Its emphasis on primary texts encourages open discussion, fosters the development of essential thinking skills, and creates an appreciation of the great ideas that have shaped civilization. Writing, speaking, and critical thinking are well-defined objectives of the Humanities Seminar.

A course on rhetoric, specifically designed to develop these skills, along with skills taught by an English professor and a Philosophy professor, complement the work of the Humanities courses and prepare students to utilize these skills not only in the rest of their college curriculum but also in future graduate studies.

Research Seminar

The research seminar is another exciting feature of the program which is offered in junior year. The series focuses on exploring different types of research and developing a research proposal. The culmination of the program is the completion of an independent research project in senior year, undertaken with a faculty mentor. While challenging students to formulate and defend a research thesis, this year of intensive scholarly endeavor is an excellent prelude to the rigors of graduate study.

Study Abroad

Through specially designed Honors offerings, the program seeks to develop an appreciation and understanding of the inter-relatedness of knowledge and culture by providing a wide range of interdisciplinary courses and opportunities to study abroad.

Students may spend the spring semester of their sophomore year studying at the Marino Institute in Dublin, Ireland, or a junior year semester in Australia. Students have also studied in Italy, France, Spain and other locations during summer sessions.

Study Abroad Programs

Contact the Honors Program

Kim Paffenroth, Ph.D.

Director, Honors Program