Honors students complete a minimum of 18 credits in Honors courses, and meet special requirements in mathematics and foreign language. The Honors curriculum’s six components are divided into lower and upper division studies:
All lower-division Honors courses can be counted toward General Education requirements.
- An Honors-level course in English composition.*
- The Honors First Year Seminar, an exploration of how knowledge is constructed and communicated with emphases on the uses of language and technology.
- Four 200-level courses (Recent offerings include: Darwinian Medicine, Are Unions Necessary, Addiction, On Violence, Immigration in Film and Literature )
- The completion, through course work, placement test, or other evidence, of pre-calculus or statistics and intermediate proficiency in a foreign language, OR calculus and elementary proficiency in a foreign language.
*These requirements are waived for advanced students.
- The Honors Program Junior Colloquium, ideally taken in the second semester of the junior year. Through a multidisciplinary engagement with a specific topic and through the presentations of guest speakers, the colloquium builds the skills necessary to the research process; it prepares the students for the tasks they will encounter in their senior year as they write their thesis.
- The Senior Project, normally undertaken in the student’s major department, which earns the student Honors in the major while also satisfying Honors Program requirements. The Program encourages the presentation of such projects at national and state-wide conferences on undergraduate research.
The University Honors Program is accredited as a Commonwealth Honors Program by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.