Honors Requirements

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To graduate with honors in the Arts and Sciences, students must complete all degree requirements, earn a cumulative GPA of 3.4, complete the Honors Coursework Requirements, and complete the Honors Project Requirements.

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Honors Requirements

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  • All ASC Honors students must complete a minimum of 18 hours of Honors coursework (Honors or Honors embedded coursework, which are designated H or E) or Honors-quality coursework.
  • Foundations do not need to be Honors or Honors-quality courses
  • All GE (General Education) theme courses must be Honors or Honors-quality courses
    • Honors-quality courses are approved theme courses taught at the 4000+ level (3000+ level for History courses and courses cross-listed with 3000+ level History courses, see advising resources for list)
    • Students who do not begin their undergraduate careers in the ASC Honors program and have previously completed some of their theme coursework may be exempted from this requirement (please see your academic advisor for information)
    • Students who have majors that overlap required coursework with a theme may be exempted from this requirement (please see your academic advisor for information)
  • Students must complete at least one Honors or Honors-quality course (see disciplinary breadth) in the Natural and Mathematical Sciences, one in the Arts and Humanities, and one in the Social and Behavioral Sciences; these can overlap with GE, major, minor, or elective courses
  • Students must pass the ASC Honors survey course
    • This requirement will be waived for students who do not begin their undergraduate careers in the ASC Honors Program or by petition
  • Students must complete an Honors enhanced ePortfolio
  • Students must complete any Honors requirements within the major (varies by major)
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Honors students must also complete an Honors project

All Honors students will design, carry out, and defend a project that is approved by the ASC Honors Committee. An Honors Project is a challenging, original project completed by a student’s fourth year. While many students complete an Honors thesis, the Honors project could be a service-learning project, a research experience, an internship, or a creative arts project. In every case, the student must submit a proposal that must be approved by the ASC Honors Committee.

 

Project options include:

  • Honors thesis (students who complete a thesis will also graduate with Honors research distinction)
  • Two semester credit-bearing service-learning experience (S coursework)
  • Two semester credit-bearing research position (4998H)
  • Two semester credit-bearing internship (3191)
  • Two semester credit-bearing coursework that results in a creative arts project
  • Two semester credit-bearing global education experience
  • An integrated combination equaling two total semesters of two of the above experiences (for example: one semester of global education and one semester of research, two different one-semester internships).
  • Other projects as approved by the ASC Honors Committee

 

Project Process:

  1. Submit an Honors Project Planning Form at the end of year one (to maintain Honors status)
  • Students who join Honors after year one must submit this form within one semester of joining Honors
  1. Submit an Honors Project Proposal by the end of year two
  • Students who join Honors after year two must submit this form within one semester of joining Honors
  1. Complete an Honors Project Report by the end of year four or the semester of graduation (and include it in ePortfolio as part of your Reflection bookend); and
  2. Present the work at the Honors Project Symposium or another approved forum by the end of year four or the semester of graduation (thesis defense).

The Honors Project may be pursued for academic credit towards meeting any of a student's graduation requirements. If so, it will be up to the supervising faculty member to determine a student's grade for the academic, credit-bearing portion of the project. It will be the responsibility of the Honors Committee to determine if the Honors Project Report satisfies the requirements of the ASC Honors Program and thus the award of Honors in the Arts and Sciences.

Honors Project Timeline

During the first year in the program, students should:

  • Attend departmental meetings required as part of survey (as usual)
  • Meet at least once with both their ASC Honors Advisor and their faculty/departmental Honors advisor to discuss Honors coursework and the (tentative) Honors project
  • Learn about resources that support the various project types
  • Submit an Honors Project Planning Form

During their second year, students should:

  • Meet at least once with both their ASC Honors Advisor and their faculty/departmental Honors advisor to discuss Honors coursework and a (tentative) Honors project
  • Submit an Honors Project Planning Form
  • Turn in their Honors Project Proposal Form (including forum - due by last day of spring semester)

By their fourth year (or the year of graduation), students should:

  • Complete their Honors project
  • Turn in their Honors Project Report and incorporate it into their ePortfolio as part of your Reflection Seminar
  • Present at the Honors Symposium or another approved forum

Honors Symposium

  • Students who do not present their work at another approved forum (departmental forum or thesis defense) must present their work at the Honors Symposium, held each Autumn and Spring.
  • All Honors students are welcome to present at the Honors Symposium even if they have presented at another forum
  • Students should share their work in the format that best represents their Honors Project (e-poster project, video, art display).
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  • Honors students may apply AP/IB credits to GE Foundations requirements, but these credits do not count towards the required 18 hours of Honors/Honors-quality coursework or the disciplinary breadth requirement. 
  • Honors students may apply CCP (College Credit Plus) credits to GE Foundations requirements. CCP credits that come in as Honors or Honors-quality may also count towards the required 18 hours of Honors/Honors-quality coursework and the disciplinary breadth requirement.
  • Honors students may apply transfer credits to GE Foundations requirements. Transfer credits that come in as Honors or Honors-quality may also count towards the required 18 hours of Honors/Honors-quality coursework and the disciplinary breadth requirement.
  • Two courses from each major may count towards Honors requirements. Pre-requisite major courses do not count towards this limit. If students have more than one major, they may apply two classes from each major.
  • One course from each minor may count towards Honors requirements. If students have more than one minor, they may apply one class from each minor.
  • Other exceptions may be permitted by petition (please see your academic advisor for information).

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General Education Requirements

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The Honors Guides to the General Education Requirements provide basic information about the general education requirements for student planning to complete an honors curriculum. These guides are available in the ASC Honors Office as well as through the links below. Consultation with an ASC honors advisor regarding the General Education requirements is strongly encouraged.

Honors general education requirements

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The Honors Guides to the General Education Requirements provide basic information about the general education requirements for a student planning to complete an Honors Contract. These guides are available in the ASC Honors Office as well as through the links below. Consultation with an ASC honors advisor regarding the General Education requirements is strongly encouraged.

Honors BA general education requirements

Honors BS general education requirements

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Pursuing a major in the arts?  (Art, Art Education, Dance, Design, Music, Theatre, Arts Management, Film Studies, History of Art, Moving-Image Production) See the Arts Honors Program website for more information.