Academics

Curriculum

Honors students complete a minimum of 18 credits in honors courses, and meet special requirements in mathematics and foreign language. Students who successfully complete the college's curriculum will be recognized at their major college's annual Honors Convocation in May of senior year, and a notice of successful completion will be added to their official transcripts. The honors curriculum’s six components are divided into lower and upper division studies.

Lower Division

All lower-division honors courses can be counted toward general education requirements. 

  1. An honors-level course in English composition
  2. The Honors First Year Seminar, an exploration of how knowledge is constructed and communicated with emphases on the uses of language and technology
  3. Four 200-level courses
  4. 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

Upper Division

  1. The Honors College 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.
  2. The senior project, normally undertaken in the student’s major department, which earns the student honors in the major while also satisfying Honors College requirements: The college encourages the presentation of such projects at national and statewide conferences on undergraduate research. The senior thesis guide, which includes requirements for the senior thesis and alternatives to the senior thesis, is available here.

Combined BA MA Degree Program

The Honors College and The McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies have collaborated to bring you four exciting “4 + 1” accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s combined degree programs. Read More 

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