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Honors College Requirements

Honors Requirements Spring 2021 and beyond

General Requirements

To complete the Honors College requirements and graduate as a Commonwealth Honors Scholar, honors students must:

  • Maintain a 3.25 cumulative GPA
  • Complete the Honors curriculum requirements
  • Complete at least one approved Enrichment requirement (E1) during each semester the student is a member of the Honors College
  • Complete and defend an honors project or honors thesis

Curriculum Requirements

  • H1: First Year Seminar in Honors (FYSH). If necessary, this may be replaced by taking a dedicated honors AH/SS core curriculum course.
  • H2: An 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: Any upper-level Honors Seminar.
  • H4 Either:
    • Any dedicated honors course
    • An Honors Experiential Learning Opportunity
  • H5: Either:
    • Any dedicated honors course
    • An Honors-by-Contract on a non-honors 3000/4000 level course
    • An Honors Experiential Learning Opportunity
  • H6: Either:
    • Any 2000/3000/4000 level dedicated honors course
    • An Honors-by-Contract on a non-honors 3000/4000 level course
    • An Honors Experiential Learning Opportunity (Students may not use more than two (2) Honors Experiential Learning Opportunities to satisfy the H4/H5/H6 for Commonwealth Honors)
    • Any graduate level course
  • H7: Either:
    • 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
  • H8: Either:
    • An upper-level letter-graded course that supports the second half of a two-semester Honors Project or Thesis
    • An upper-level letter-graded course that supports a one-semester Honors Project
Students who joined the Honors College prior to Spring 2021, please see the prior requirements: