Freshmen and Sophomores complete an enhanced version of the University's Discovery Program, the set of course requirements that ensures a broad foundation of academic knowledge for students in all majors. Honors Discovery courses are intimate and highly participatory, and are designed for students who embrace academic challenges.
In the Junior and Senior years, students follow more specialized curricula as they focus on their chosen fields. The Honors in Major program entails individualized work in selected classes, which students work with their professors to design. The program culminates with the Honors Thesis, an extended research project conducted under the supervision of a faculty advisor.
Completion of the University Honors Program requires at least 32 credits of Honors work, which is typically begun in the Freshman year. University Honors students must:
Students with a qualifying GPA may complete Honors in Major by itself, without participating in the University Honors Program or completing Discovery Honors requirements. Members of the University Honors Program who do not fulfill Discovery Honors requirements remain eliglble to graduate with Honors in Major, but not University Honors.
The Honors requirements can usually be completed by taking one Honors course each semester, though there is no requirement to do so. Many students follow a plan like the following:
Students are not required to follow this calendar. The only deadline for completing Honors work is graduation.
Honors Discovery Courses Honors-in-Major Courses
3. ____________________ (4 credits) 3. ____________________ (4 credits)
4. Discovery 444H Seminar (4 credits) 4. Honors-in-Major Thesis (4 - 8 credits)
16 credits from Honors Discovery Courses + 16 credits from Honors-in-Major Courses = 32 credits of Honors work