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Like the Liberal Studies Program, the Honors Program consists of between thirteen and twenty courses representing 52 to 80 quarter hours, the exact requirements determined according to the student’s home college and/or major. In general, requirements include core courses, a science sequence, a math requirement, an art requirement, a language sequence, a Junior Seminar, and a Senior Thesis or Senior Seminar. Some AP and IB credit will count towards Honors core courses, science requirements, or language requirements. Depending on the college and major, some Honors requirements may be waived. Specific requirements can be found within the student's college in the Colleges and Schools section.

Honors Core

Course Title Quarter Hours
HON 110HONORS DISCOVER CHICAGO4
or HON 111 HONORS EXPLORE CHICAGO
HON 100RHETORIC AND CRITICAL INQUIRY4
HON 101WORLD LITERATURE4
HON 102HISTORY IN GLOBAL CONTEXTS4
HON 104RELIGIOUS WORLDVIEWS AND ETHICAL PERSPECTIVES4
HON 105PHILOSOPHICAL INQUIRY4
HON 201STATES, MARKETS, AND SOCIETIES4
HON 207TOPICS IN COGNITIVE STUDIES4

Science

  • HON 225
  • One course chosen from the university's Scientific Inquiry list

Math

  • Honors students who do not have a Calculus, Statistics or Discrete Math requirement for the major are required to take HON 180HON 180, or the first course of the required math sequence for the major, is a prerequisite for HON 207 and HON 225.

Arts

Course Title Quarter Hours
HON 205INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTS4
Select one applied, performance, or studio arts course outside of the major from approved list: 4
ANIMATION FOR NON-MAJORS
MOTION GRAPHICS FOUNDATIONS
CREATING ART
TWO-DIMENSIONAL FOUNDATIONS
BEGINNING DRAWING
THREE DIMENSIONAL FOUNDATIONS
BEGINNING SCULPTURE
DIGITAL STILL PHOTOGRAPHY FOR NON-MAJORS (FORMERLY DC 125)
INTRODUCTION TO CINEMA: THE ART OF MAKING MOVIES (FORMERLY DC 100)
FOUNDATIONS OF CINEMA FOR NON-MAJORS (FORMERLY DC 205)
INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING
ADVANCED TOPICS IN WRITING
GAME DESIGN FOR NON-MAJORS
INTRO TO VISUAL DESIGN
PERFORMANCE: COMMUNICATION, CREATIVITY AND THE BODY
TOPICS IN PERFORMANCE
COMPOSITION AND SOUND ART FOR NON-MUSIC MAJORS
GUIDE TO MUSIC THEORY
SKETCH COMEDY
PRO TOOLS AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE RECORDING STUDIO
STAGE DIRECTION FOR NON-MAJORS
DRAMATIC WRITING FOR NON-MAJORS
ACTING AND PERFORMANCE
STAGE DESIGN FOR NON-MAJORS

Language

  • Three courses of intermediate or advanced language study (required for students who are not in a conservatory or BFA program).
  • Students who meet the proficiency requirement by placing at the 200-level of a language may consult with an Honors advisor for alternative 3-course sequence options to fulfill the language requirement. Language majors must fulfill the language requirement with one year of language study outside of their major or one of the approved 3-course language sequence alternatives.

Junior Seminar

The Honors Program is committed to developing students’ knowledge and cultural awareness so they may respect and learn from difference. Honors students meet the multicultural requirement by completing HON 301.

Senior Capstone

Course Title Quarter Hours
Select one of the following:4
HONORS SENIOR SEMINAR
HONORS SENIOR SEMINAR IN SERVICE LEARNING
HONORS SENIOR THESIS

Senior Thesis Option

Students who choose to complete an Honors Senior Thesis must have their project approved at least one term prior to executing the project. To gain approval for a senior thesis, students must complete an application, including a project proposal, signed by two faculty advisors. In keeping with the interdisciplinary nature of the program, the thesis should attempt to move outside the boundaries normally associated with one particular discipline and should be supervised by two readers from different academic fields. While the final product must be a substantial piece of work building on the student’s accumulated knowledge and new research, specific requirements for each thesis will depend on the nature of the project. See the Director or Associate Director for an application. Students may opt to enroll in HON 300 (a two-credit elective) to receive dedicated guidance as they prepare the thesis project.

Honors Approved Electives

Approved Electives are chosen in consultation with an Honors advisor to achieve specific academic or professional goals. Courses completed for Study Abroad, 200-300 level courses taken for a minor or second major, or 200-300 level courses taken to pursue a specific area of interest outside of the major can count as Honors Approved Electives. The number of Honors Approved Electives depends on the college and major.

Experiential Learning

Honors students fulfill the university’s requirement for Junior Year Experiential Learning (JYEL) through completion of an internship course, a service learning course, or a mentoring course, or through participation in a study abroad program. The course will verify completion of the JYEL requirement and be placed where appropriate in the student’s academic program – either as a major requirement, open elective, Honors Approved Elective, or (in the case of HON 351) an Honors core requirement. Students in the School of Education, the School of Music, and the Theatre School whose programs meet the university requirement in experiential learning will be considered to have met the Honors Program requirement as well.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or higher in HON 110 or HON 111 is required to remain in the Honors Program. A grade of C- or higher is required to pass the following:

Course Title Quarter Hours
HON 100RHETORIC AND CRITICAL INQUIRY4
HON 350HONORS SENIOR SEMINAR4
HON 351HONORS SENIOR SEMINAR IN SERVICE LEARNING4
HON 395HONORS SENIOR THESIS4

Study Abroad

Study Abroad is particularly appropriate for students in the Honors Program and, though not required, is strongly recommended. Honors students interested in Study Abroad should plan to participate during  their sophomore or junior year and should make certain that they have fulfilled appropriate modern language requirements before that point in their undergraduate careers. They should meet with the Honors Associate Director prior to their departure for pre-approval of course substitutions. Coursework completed abroad may substitute for Honors Approved Electives.

Honors Advising

All Honors students will work with an Honors advisor for academic planning and to schedule Honors courses in conjunction with their major requirements. As a general rule, Honors students take one or two Honors courses each quarter during their first and second years of study and one or two Honors courses a year in the junior and senior years.

Honors Associate Program

Students who apply to the Honors Program having completed between 64 and 96 hours of college work may qualify for the Honors Associate Program. Students in the Honors Associate Program complete four Honors courses (no more than two at the 100-level) and an Honors Senior Thesis. They are also invited to participate fully in Honors co-curricular programming. Interested students can pick up application materials in the Honors Office. Students who successfully complete the Honors Associate Program receive the designation "Honors Program Associate" on their transcript.

WRD 103 Replacement for Students Leaving Honors Program

For students who withdraw from the Honors Program having completed HON 100, and who do not have AP credit for WRD 103, either WRD 103 or one of the following courses must be taken:

Course Title Quarter Hours
WRD 203STYLE FOR WRITERS4
WRD 206PROFESSIONAL WRITING4
WRD 240ARGUMENTATIVE WRITING4
WRD 300COMPOSITION AND STYLE4