Honors Curriculum

The Honors curriculum features a core of four classes that immerse students in the great ideas and works of human civilization and equips them with the tools to think critically, analytically and with the ability to integrate and synthesize across disciplines and concepts. As a part of that, the Honors senior seminar/thesis is intended to challenge the student to conduct a research project that integrates the strands of expertise developed through the Honors core, minor and her/his major program. The four Honors core classes satisfy a block of seven Foundational Studies categories, allowing Honors students to move more quickly through those requirements.

  • General Honors (GH) 101: Honors Seminar: Contemporary Issues
  • General Honors (GH) 201: Introduction to the Great Works
  • General Honors (GH) 301: Honors Junior Seminar
  • General Honors (GH) 401: Senior Thesis

In addition to completing the Honors core, students specialize in Honors through one of three elective concentrations designed to allow more substantial exposure and experience in sub-areas:

  • Leadership and Civic Engagement
  • Global Perspectives
  • Honors in the Major and/or Foundational Studies

To complete the University Honors Program, students must maintain a 3.25 cumulative grade point average, a 3.0 GPA in the Honors curriculum, and complete the Honors core, thesis, and one of the three elective concentrations. The University Honors Program is designed to work with any degree program by overlapping with Foundational Studies requirements and major classes.

Classroom Laboratory

Pictured above: ISU students get hands-on experience in a classroom laboratory on campus.