What are some advantages of being enrolled in the Honors Program?
- class-size is smaller (typically 20-25 students per section)
- the courses emphasize discussion-based instruction.
- course themes are engaging and ambitious, but the workload is not more demanding than regular courses satisfying the same requirements
- you get to develop connections with faculty mentors
- there is competitive scholarship opportunities for students in the program
- sense of community with fellow students in the program
- personal use of the Honors study lounge
- opportunity to develop a special research project with a faculty mentor before you graduate
- free admission to music and theatre events on campus
Are Honors classes more difficult than regular coursework?
Generally not. They will not require more study time or writing assignments than regular GE courses, but there will be a stronger expectation that students should come to class prepared to discuss assigned material.
Are Honors courses extra requirements?
(Do I need to take more classes to graduate if I am in the Honors Program?)
Courses in the first three years satisfy regular GE requirements. There are up to 5 additional units of coursework over the junior and senior year when students work on their senior Capstone Research Projects. Some of your thesis units can be used to satisfy major requirements in most cases.
When are applications due?
Honors Program applications are accepted on a rolling basis but to be guaranteed consideration for admission and scholarship support, you should submit no later than March 15th of each year. We will continue to admit students into the program on a space-available basis. Honors Program applications can be submitted electronically simply by visiting our application page.
How do I know which books I will need for class?
Go to the class schedule and find the class subject that you are looking for. Once you are there, find the actual course you will be taking and click on the book icon to the right-hand side. That will show you what books/materials are required for you to have. From there you can obtain the ISBN and purchase (or sometimes rent) from whatever source you prefer.
Do you have any other questions for us? Feel free to send them by email to Ellen Bell (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jim Tuedio (email@example.com) and we will make sure someone gets back to you with a response! Thanks for your interest in the Honors Program.