Honors Classes

General Honors (GH) courses are the heart of the Honors College and feature small class sizes, dedicated faculty members, interdisciplinary perspectives, active learning, and an exciting array of topics. Honors students often have opportunities to participate in cross-cultural experiences or service projects as part of local, national, or international field trips with their General Honors classes.

Examples of recent General Honors (GH) course topics include:

  • Introduction to Aviation
  • The 2012 Presidential Campaign
  • Philosophy in the Twilight Zone
  • La Femme Fatale: Gender, Representation, and the Arts
  • Dante's Inferno
  • Classical Cultures of Greece and Rome
  • Introduction to Social Justice

In addition to taking General Honors courses, Honors students may earn Honors elective credit for classes within their majors and minors.

Departmental Honors courses have a Department prefix and an “Hon” designation in the title denoting Honors credit (e.g. PSY 101 - Hon: General Psychology). Such classes confer the same credit as their non-Honors counterparts, but with added rigor, challenge and substance.

Honors Conversion classes are non-Honors sections that have been “upgraded” to the Honors level through the addition of special requirements for the student seeking the conversion (often a special project beyond normal course requirement). This conversion can be performed for any class, provided that documentation is provided by the instructor indicating which addition conditions must be met by the student in order to receive Honors credit. The advantage for the student is that conversion allows maximum flexibility to build an Honors program of study within a particular major field.

Honors Students at the Keats-Shelley House in Italy

Honors students started research projects during the Spring 2018 semester in GH 301: Eternal Cities: Rome & Pompeii. In May 2018, they participated in a faculty-led trip to Italy and continued their research at the Keats-Shelley House in Rome.