Course Information

Students in the University Honors Program have the option of earning honors coursework points through several different types of courses described below. The required grade a student must earn in in the course to receive honors point credit varies by class type and is denoted underneath each description.

Students can use the course search option on Student Central to identity courses that are offered as "honors" for the upcoming semester. Visit our Search for Honors Courses page for detailed instructions.


University Honors Colloquium

The University Honors Colloquium is a 1 credit hour course that all first year honors students take during their first semester in the program. The colloquium provides a common intellectual experience for new honors students focused on social, intellectual, and personal development and introduces students to the culture and opportunities of a modern research university. Each course meeting is led by an upper-class honors student trained for the Honors Colloquium Leader role who serves as a mentor, instructor, and resource to the first-year students. Read more about our Honors Colloquium and meet the Colloquium Leaders

[Student must earn an "S" (Satisfactory under the S/U grading policy) in order to remain in the Honors Program and for the course to be counted toward the University Honors point requirement.]


Honors Signature Courses

Honors Signature Courses are interdisciplinary, inquiry-based courses, which are designed to capitalize on and foster the hallmark characteristics of honors students: creativity and a passion for learning; the drive and capacity to engage in critical and analytical thinking; the ability to collaborate and communicate with others from different social, political, and cultural backgrounds; and embracing ambiguity and complex challenges as sources of growth. Honors Signature Courses offer close interaction with honors instructors, who have been selected for their teaching expertise, innovative and interdisciplinary approach, and commitment to undergraduate student success. These courses have no more than 24 students and typically meet multiple liberal studies requirements. The Honors Signature Course curriculum is further supported by rich and varied co- and extracurricular experiences, designed to solidify and extend student learning beyond the classroom. 

  • For a full list of Honors Signature Courses that have been offered over time, as well as current semester courses offered, please click here.
  • To view co- and extracurricular experiences, please click here.

[A grade of "C-" or higher is required for the course to count toward the University Honors point requirement.]


OTHER Honors Courses

The majority of general honors courses have no more than 24 honors students, giving students a rich and accessible classroom experience. Such courses do not necessarily require a greater volume of work than non-honors courses, but differ in format; specifically, honors courses allow students more independence in choosing their learning paths within the course and provide additional opportunities for intellectual challenges. These small course sections provide more chances for interaction between classmates and with their professors. Honors sections of non-honors courses can be used to meet liberal studies requirements. When searching for courses, while using Course Search within Student Central, use student group code "HONR" for honors courses.

[A grade of "C-" or higher is required for the course to count toward the University Honors point requirement.]


Honors-Augmented Courses

In some cases where honors sections of courses cannot be made available, students may arrange to take an Honors-Augmented Course. These are courses open to all students in which the professor has agreed to engage in special projects with honors students for honors credit. Honors-Augmented Courses are arranged in advance by the Honors Program and can be found by utilizing Course Search through Student Central.

[A grade of "C-" or higher is required for the course to count toward the University Honors point requirement.]


Individual Honors-Augmented Courses

The Individual Honors-Augmented Course Contract gives honor students additional opportunities to enrich course requirements in their majors and earn honors credits towards the Honors Medallion. Honors students may earn up to 8 individual honors-augmented credit hours in 2000-4000 level, non-honors courses in their major or minor by contracting with faculty to complete additional work in the courses.

Learn more about Individual Honors-Augmented Course Contracts

[A grade of "B-" or higher is required for the course to count toward the University Honors point requirement.]


Honors Directed Individual Study

University Honors students may earn credit hours by registering to work with individual faculty. Much like an Individual Honors Augmented Course, topics of study in the Honors Directed Individual Study are chosen by the student, who receives close mentoring by the faculty member to accomplish high-level independent work.

Learn more about Honors DIS Course Contracts.

[A grade of "B-" or higher is required for the course to count toward the University Honors point requirement.]


Graduate Classes

Honors students may elect to take graduate classes for up to 6 credit hours that can count toward the required numbered of honors points for graduation. Graduate courses that are basic competency/review classes (e.g. a language-reading course) do not count toward honors points.

[A grade of "C" or higher is required for the course to count toward the University Honors point requirement. The course must be taken for a grade. P/F and S/U courses will not count.]


Honors in the Major Thesis Work

Students who are also participating in the Honors in the Major Program may earn up to 6 honors points through their thesis work credit hours. While Honors in the Major students must earn a C- or higher in the course to satisfy HITM requirements, University Honors students must earn a B- or higher to earn honors points toward graduation requirements.

[A grade of "B-" or higher is required for the course to count toward the University Honors point requirement.]

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