Honors Program


To participate in the Honors Program, you must complete up to 21 credit hours of the Honors Program courses. These courses include: 

  • Content to be determined each semester. Honors Program students will take this course in lieu of ENG 112 or 210. Prerequisite: ENG 111. (Spring)

  • A fundamental examination of the Judeo-Christian tradition, beginning with a consideration of the relationship between theology and philosophy. Foundational religious affirmations will be examined from the perspective of both disciplines. Honors Program students will take PHI 191 in lieu of PHI 220 or THE 191 in lieu of THE 201. (Fall)

  • The course examines scientific and mathematical thought from a historical and philosophical perspective. The connection between the disciplines of chemistry, physics, and mathematics will be highlighted. The development of scientific thought throughout history will be studied and paradigm shifts will be emphasized. (Fall)

  • Examines the major aesthetic, social, and political elements which have shaped modern Chinese culture and society.  Primary focus on China, with some reference to Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia.  Readings on contemporary China and historical evolution of the culture are coordinated with study of art (calligraphy, painting, movies, and music) and literature (Tao Te Ching & Confucius).  Part of China Study Abroad Program.  This course is available to both Honors Program students and non-Honors Program students.  Non-Honors Program students must have cum GPA of 3.0 or a strong letter of recommendation when submitting the China Study Abroad Application (Summer II).

  • This course addresses the importance of understanding theory and its relationship to how society/culture is produced and sustained. Various theoretical/philosophical assumptions that contribute to the production of cultural knowledge will be examined. (Spring)

  • This course will address the importance of theory in understanding and studying the concept of culture. The course will examine how culture is shaped by major social institutions and how these institutions shape cultural products such as literature, film, and art. The underlying assumption that guides the dominant cultural standards of America will be evaluated. Prerequisite: HUM 199H. (Spring)

  • The central focus of this course is to analyze and understand current relations of inequality within the context of the United States and Latin America—particularly as they relate to race and class. (Fall)

  • Students will conduct an original research that stems from collaboration between the student’s academic major and the Honors Program’s curriculum. Topic and thesis proposal must be approved by the Honors Program’s director and the thesis advisor. A supervisory committee will oversee the thesis/project. (Fall, Spring)

Can I use some of the 21 credit hours towards my liberal arts requirements?

If your major requires General Education Requirements, you can use up to 2 courses (6 credit hours) of the Honors Program courses to fulfill the General Education Requirements. These courses are THE/PHI 191H and ENG 358H.

If your major requires the Distribution Requirements, you can use up to 4 courses (12 credit hours) of the Honors Program courses to fulfill the University's Distribution Requirements. These courses are THE/PHI 191H, ENG 358H, CHE/PHY/MAT 240H, and SOC 394H.

For all majors, HUM 199H, HUM 300H, and HON 479H count towards the general elective courses.

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