The focus of the Honors Program course work is in the general education courses during the freshman and sophomore years. At the junior level, students must enroll in the colloquium course, and upon graduation, students must submit and defend a senior thesis project before a selected committee.
The Honors Program requires twenty-one (21) hours of classes including the senior thesis project. Fifteen (15) of twenty-one (21) hours must be in General Education. The remaining six (6) hours are Junior Colloquium and Senior Thesis. Students whose majors do not allow extra course work or majors that require a Senior Thesis, may “contract” these courses. Students will not graduate “with Honors” if they have not successfully completed a colloquium course and a senior thesis project before graduation. All grades for honors courses must be given at the end of the semester.
Only grades of “B” and higher will count toward the minimum requirement for graduating “with Honors”. Grades below that, if they are passing by the college’s standards, will count as traditional credit.
Academic Year – Freshman (Fall Semester)
Course # Course Title Credit Hours
GED 100 College Skills 1
CIS 130 Computers in Society 3
BIO 140 Freshman Biology 4
ENG 131 Freshman Composition I 3
SPA 131 Elementary Spanish I 3
MAT 133 College Math I 3 = 17 hours
ENG 132 Freshman Composition II 3
SPA 132 Elementary Spanish II 3
MAT 134 College Math II 3
PED 120 Fitness & Wellness 2
PSC 140 Physical Science 4 = 15 hours
Academic Year – Sophomore (Fall Semester)
REL 230 Survey of World Religion 3
ENG 230 Fundamentals of Speech 3
ECO 231 Principles of Economics 3
HUM 231 Humanities I 3
SPA 231 Intermediate Spanish I 3 = 12 hours
HUM 232 Humanities II 3
HIS 232 African American History II 3
PSY 130 Introduction to Psychology 3
POL 233 American Politics 3
SPA 232 Intermediate Spanish II 3 = 15 hours
General Honors Course Description:
The advanced course is designed to challenge and stimulate students with a record of achievement. The performance level of “honors” students in accelerated courses are expected to exceed that of students enrolled in the traditional correlating courses. Students must earn a B or higher to receive honors credit.
HON 330: Honors Junior Colloquium (3)
This course addresses a central theme or topic that varies each semester and employs a variety of methods that may include lectures, discussions, field observations, community activism, student projects, and guest speakers, as determined by the instructor. It is designed to expose students to current issues, personalities, activities, and career opportunities to students. Interdisciplinary and experimental in nature, the course may for instance, include such themes or topics as, “Terrorism and its Effects,” and “Political Activism in the Media.”
HON 430: Honors Senior Thesis (3)
This course provides a culminating and innovative experience to a student in undergraduate learning. It requires the student to complete a senior thesis project on a topic applicable to their major discipline, and approved by their department and Honors Committee. The student must demonstrate proficiency and successfully defend the senior thesis project before the department and the Honors Committee.