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Honors Program FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. Does the Honors Program increase my workload? 
  2. Can I fulfill core requirements by taking honors courses or honors sections of core courses? 
  3. Does my Honors thesis need to be done in my major? 
  4. Do I have to join the program as a first-year student or can I wait a year or more to start the program? 
  5. What is the difference between the College Honors Program and the Honors Certificates in English, History, and Philosophy? 
  6. If I am an Honors Fellow, can I still study abroad or take an internship or complete the Education Certification program? 

Does the Honors Program increase my workload?

Honors work is a different kind of work.  It asks students to take more responsibility for their education and in doing so allows each student greater opportunity to enhance an academic experience best suited to their needs and interests.  Honors work requires students to take the lead in developing their own intellectual curiosity and abilities.  There is extensive contact with the faculty.  No extra credits are required for graduation.  Also, an honors student does not normally need to spend an extra semester to finish the program.
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Can I fulfill core requirements by taking honors courses or honors sections of core courses? 

Yes. This is what enables students to complete the Honors Program without having to take additional credits.  Honors courses or sections are already available in English, history, religious studies, philosophy, political science, and mathematics.
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Does my Honors thesis need to be done in my major? 

No. One of the hallmarks of the Honors Program is a wide range of academic opportunities.  A student can major in one subject and write a thesis/project in another discipline in which they have taken four or more courses; for example, a science student might decide to write an English Honors thesis, or a business student might create a project in the creative arts discipline.
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Do I have to join the program as a first-year student or can I wait a year or more to start the program? 

The aim of the program is simplicity: a student can enter the program as late as the junior year, in time for the Research Colloquium, if the student has completed the required number of honors courses and otherwise qualifies (GPA of 3.3 and 30 credit hours).
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What is the difference between the College Honors Program and the Honors Certificates in English, History, and Philosophy? 

The Honors Program is more comprehensive: it requires students to do honors-level work in several departments, to have research training in the Research Colloquium, and to complete an Honors Thesis.  The certificates are offered by individual departments and are confined to those departments and disciplines.  Typically, the certificate programs require satisfactory performance in four seminars (12 credit hours) while the Honors Program requires 24 credit hours.
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If I am an Honors Fellow, can I still study abroad or take an internship or complete the Education Certification program? 

The Honors Program has enough flexibility that any of these opportunities are possible for Honors Fellows.  As with any combination of major and experiential learning, careful planning will be necessary.  The earlier the student identifies the desired opportunities, the easier it is to work toward them.
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WHAT SOME OF OUR HONORS FELLOWS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE PROGRAM

“I really enjoy being a part of the Honors Program.  Having small class sizes really gives us an advantage in terms of facilitating discussions and establishing personal relationships with both the professors and fellow students.  I feel very connected to this community.  I’m really glad to be a part of it.”

“The Honors courses I took this past semester, Great Books and Honors History, were challenging.  They were also my favorite courses.  My experience in these classes not only gave me knowledge about culture and history, it gave me practical research and public speaking skills that I was able to bring into my other classes.  I think being in the Honors Program has really given me an edge.”