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Commonwealth Honors Curriculum

Honors Course Requirements

The Honors College has eight Honors Course Requirements which are detailed in the following table. Students must earn a B or better in an Honors Course in order for it to count towards their H1-H8 requirements. The eight courses are not extra courses. These are enhanced courses that will satisfy a student's major requirements.

RequirementCan be met by earning a B or better.
H1First Year Seminar in Honors (FYSH)
If necessary, this may be replaced by taking a dedicated honors AH/SS core curriculum course.
H2Honors College Writing II
If a student already has credit for a non-honors, this may be replaced by taking a dedicated honors AH/SS core curriculum course.
H3Any dedicated honors course.
H4Either:
  • Honors Seminar
  • Honors core curriculum course (but not from the same Dept. as H3) or
  • Impactful Experience
H5Either:
  • Honors-By-Contract with a 3000/4000 level course
  • Dedicated honors course at the 3000/4000 level
  • Graduate course
H6Honors Seminar
H7Either:
  • Independent study leading to an Honors Thesis
  • Independent study leading to an Honors Project
  • Project based capstone course w/ Honors add-on (see Honors Advisor)
  • 3000/4000 level dedicated honors course
  • Graduate course
H8Either:
  • Independent study leading to an Honors Thesis
  • Independent study leading to an Honors Project
  • Project based capstone course w/Honors add-on (see Honors Advisor)

Note: Any deviation from the H1-H8 requires an approved Honors Petition Form (pdf).

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