Curriculum

Our Curriculum consists of an academic core comprising an Honors section of the First Year Seminar (FYS), eight courses, and four co-curricular Honors Cornerstones. A variety of Honors course sections or assignments are available each semester.

  • Students can view available Honors courses in Banner, by typing “honors” in the keyword field when searching for sections/courses.
  • For the most current list of non-Honors courses with available Honors Common Assignments, please contact the Honors Institute staff.

 

Curriculum

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HONORS FIRST YEAR SEMINAR

  • Honors section of required First Year university orientation seminar.

4 MAJOR COURSES

  • Select four available Honors-designated courses (or courses with Honors Common Assignments) from your major over the course of your curriculum.

4 HALLMARKS COURSES 

  • Select four available Honors-designated courses (or courses with Honors Common Assignments) from the University Hallmarks Core Program (General Education) over the course of your curriculum. Courses with Honors Common Assignments may be substituted for Honors-designated courses ONLY in cases of significant schedule conflicts.

QUESTION Cornerstone

  • Co-curricular requirement focusing on research and/or development of program expertise.

ACT Cornerstone

  • Co-curricular requirement focusing on professional development

CONTRIBUTE Cornerstone

  • Co-curricular requirement focusing on community engagement/service.

ADAPT Cornerstone

  • Co-curricular requirement focusing on global awareness and diversity.

The Honors Cornerstones reflect the core values of our program: curiosity to pursue your own questions, confidence to act and apply knowledge in real-world conditions, courage to contribute ideas that make a difference, and empathy to adapt with respect to diverse perspectives. Honors Institute students must complete all four Cornerstones over the course of their respective degree programs, and there are many ways to fulfill this requirement. Here are some examples:


Cornerstone

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QUESTION

  • Conference Presentation
  • Industry or Major Project
  • Publication
  • Fulbright Application
  • Independent Research/Study
  • Course-related Research Project
  • Graduate Course
  • Faculty Guided Research

ACT

  • Professional Development Activity
  • Internship/Shadow
  • Toastmasters
  • Professional Certification
  • Club Officer
  • Professional Org Membership
  • Preceptorships
  • Conference Activity
  • Resident Assistant

ADAPT

  • Semester Study Abroad
  • Nexus/Short Course
  • Study Away
  • American Sign Language Club
  • Global Brigades
  • Hostelling
  • Cross-cultural Activity

CONTRIBUTE

  • OSE Activity
  • Honors Community
  • Honors Student Association Chair/Officer
  • Campus/Community Engagement
  • SGA/Class Officer
  • Organization Committee Chair
  • Great Hostel Give Back

Completion of the Honors Cornerstones requires students to be intentional when engaging in their various co-curricular involvements, and to write guided reflections that articulate how these experiences complement personal growth, encourage responsible 21st century citizenship, and undergird the development of professional identity.