The Academic Experience
University Honors Scholars Curriculum
The UHS curriculum offers scholars unique courses specifically designed for the UHS cohort; small classes taught by excellent, full-time faculty; honors general education courses; an interdisciplinary approach to course content; preparation for conducting research. The curriculum culminates in the writing and presenting of an undergraduate honors thesis. All Honors College students are required to carry a minimum of 15 credit hours each semester.
In addition, University Honors Scholars are encouraged to pursue other opportunities such as study abroad, a Washington Center Internship, or department or college internships.
The program includes:
- Eight semesters of Honors Colloquium (8 hours total) - Collo provides opportunities for new scholars to engage in orientation activities, and all scholars to engage in public service, small group activities, personal and professional development,and academic and social activities.
- Honors Quest I & II (6 hours total; fall and spring freshman year) - Quest is a yearlong literature and philosophy seminar that the UHS freshman cohort takes together. The first half meets the GE humanities requirement and the second semester gives students either English 1020 credit or a philosophy elective.
- Honors Artistic Experience (3 hours; spring freshman year) - Meets GE Fine Arts Requirement
- Honors Sophomore Seminar (3 hours; fall sophomore year) - Currently Great Ideas in Science
- Honors Intro to Women’s Studies or Honors Intro to Cultural Anthropology (3 hours; usually spring of sophomore year) - Meets GE social/behavioral sciences requirement
- Honors Literature (3 hours) -Meets GE literature requirement
- Honors electives (12 hours total) -Within the student’s major, minor, or general electives
- Honors Foundations of Research (2 hours; spring sophomore year or fall junior year) -Foundations prepares students for their thesis work.
- Honors Thesis in the student’s major (6 hours over two semesters, usually senior year) - Often counts as major electives depending on department.