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Honors Curriculum

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The Honors Core Curriculum provides a comprehensive educational experience for Honors students and allows them to interact as a community of learners.

You may satisfy the requirements of both the Honors Core Curriculum and any degree program by enrolling in the Honors sections of courses or electives within the degree program requirements.

To complete the Honors Core Curriculum, you must be admitted into the Honors Program and must complete it with a GPA of 3.275 or higher in all Honors courses applied to Honors Core Curriculum completion—with no grade below a C in any Honors course applied to the Honors Core. Upon completion of the Program, you will receive a gold seal for your diploma and an Honors Program Certificate of Completion. Additionally, your official transcript will indicate completion of the Honors Core Curriculum. Completion of the Honors Program represents a significant enhancement of your academic credentials.

The Honors Core Curriculum is made up of the following courses:

Honors Core Curriculum
English 3
Humanities/Fine Arts 3
Social/Behavioral Sciences 3
Physical and Life Sciences/Mathematics 3–5
Interdisciplinary Seminar OR 200-level Honors course that is part of a learning community OR Honors Study Abroad OR
Approved Honors Internship1
Electives2 3–4
Total Credits3 18–21

1 To take the Honors Seminar, it is recommended that you have completed a minimum of three semester hours in Honors English and three semester hours of the humanities, social science and/or math/science Honors unit.

2 Elective credits may come from any discipline offering an Honors course. It is strongly recommended that an Honors SDV course be one of the electives.

3 Only 9 credits of Honors Option courses can be used toward the 18 Honors Core Curriculum.