Course Information

Students in the University Honors Program have the option of earning honors credits through several different types of courses described below. In addition, students may register for Directed Individual Study for variable credit. Information on the DIS can be found on the Honors Program Blackboard website.


Honors E-Series courses engage students in broad, critical, and creative thinking about contemporary problems and the enduring issues of human existence. Since faculty members develop these courses from their own specific research interests, and because each course is temporary, the offerings vary from semester to semester. Honors E-Series courses are limited to 19 students per section, and also include substantive work on college-level writing. These E-Series courses fall into one of the six core liberal-studies disciplinary areas and/or Scholarship in Practice as part of the 36 Liberal Studies credit hours. Some also fulfill "X" or "Y" Multicultural Awareness requirements or the Oral Communication Competency requirement. .

University Honors Colloquium.The University Honors Colloquium is a one (1) semester hour weekly forum that all first year Honors students take together. It features lectures by distinguished University faculty from across the scholarly and creative arts spectrum, as well as informative presentations from directors of academic programs that will be of interest to Honors students. The Colloquium provides a common intellectual experience for new Honors students and also introduces students to the culture and opportunities of a modern research university. Students enrolled in the Honors Colloquium will have a large lecture on odd weeks and a small lecture led by their Colloquium Leader on even weeks. The Colloquium Leaders are Honors upper-classmen serving as mentors and leaders to the first year Honors students. Read more about our Honors Colloquium and meet the Colloquium Leaders.

Honors sections of regular courses are generally limited to 25 Honors students each.Honors-only sections are indicated by HONORS Course Name or HON Course Name. Such courses are not necessarily harder than regular courses but they tend to move at a faster pace than the corresponding regular course. Because they are smaller, they also provide more chances for interaction between fellow classmates and between professors and students. Honors sections of regular courses can be used to meet liberal studies requirements. They may also meet the liberal studies "X" and "Y" requirements, depending on the topic.

Honors-Augmented Courses. In some cases where regular honors sections of courses cannot be made available, the faculty agrees to offer honors-augmented courses. These are regular 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 University Honors Office and placed on the course schedule. They are indicated by Course Name-Hon or Course Name-Honors.

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. Honor students may earn up to eight (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.

To earn individual honors-augmented credit, the honor student and faculty member must complete and submit the contract by 4pm on the Friday of the THIRD week of classes. Click this link for the guidelines and contract. The application is a "fillable" PDF; please type all information, print and submit signed application to the University Honors Office (HSF, Suite 2003).

Honors Directed Individual Study. Honors students may earn credit hours by registering to work with individual faculty. To learn more about this opportunity click on the following link: What is a DIS?

Click on the following link to access Honors DIS guidelines and application: Honors DIS Guidelines and Application. The application is a "fillable" PDF; please type all information, print and submit signed application to the University Honors Office (HSF, Suite 2003) no later than the FOURTH day of classes of the semester for which the student will register for Honors DIS credit.

Graduate Classes: Honors students may elect to take graduate classes for up to six (6) credit hours that can count toward the Honors Medallion. Graduate courses that are basic competency/review classes (e.g. a language-reading course) are excluded. The course must be taken for a grade; P/F and S/U courses will not count. Students must complete the course with a C or higher.

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