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Commonwealth Honors Curriculum

Honors Course Requirements

The Honors College has eight Honors Curriculum 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

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.
H2An honors section of 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.
H3

Either: 

  • Any dedicated honors course
  • An Honors-by-Contract on a non-honors 3000/4000 level course
  • An Honors Impactful Experience
H4

Either: 

  • An Honors core curriculum course (but not from the same dept. as H3)
  • Any upper-level Honors Seminar
  • An Honors Impactful Experience
H5Either:
  • Honors-By-Contract with a non-honors 3000/4000 level course
  • A dedicated honors course at the 2000/3000/4000 level
  • A graduate course
  • An Honors Impactful Experience (Students may not use more than two (2) Impactful Experiences to satisfy the H3/H4/H5)
H6Any upper-level Honors Seminar
H7Either:
  • A course that supports the first half of a two-semester Honors Project or Thesis
  • A 3000/4000 level dedicated honors course
  • A graduate course
H8Either:
  • A course that supports the second half of a two-semester Honors Project or Thesis
  • A course that supports a one-semester Honors Project

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

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