Ways to Walk through Honors

The Honors Program offers a flexible, interdisciplinary course of studies to students in all colleges. To get the most out of the Program, participate in our Senior Thesis Track or Oral Comprehensive Examination Track.

Students who do not participate in these comprehensive and rigorous tracks may earn the Honors Program Minor (or Honors Interdisciplinary Concentration, through Class of 2015), or may elect not to pursue any of the formal certifications of the Program. Whatever their academic plans, students may be members of the Honors Program, enroll in courses, and participate fully in all Program activities as long as they maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.33 and enroll in a minimum of one Honors course every third semester.

Thesis Track

Complete a total of 10 Honors courses, including a required Humanities, Social Science, or Natural Science Honors Research Seminar, and the Senior Thesis. 

At least three of the remaining Honors courses must be upper-level electives that may be used to fulfill Core Requirements.

Students who pursue the Thesis Track combine their Honors studies with a major in a specific academic discipline. The Thesis Track is recommended for students who intend to pursue a graduate or professional degree.

Oral Examination Track

Complete a total of 10 Honors courses, including 3 upper level Honors electives in primary major or area of academic interest*, with approval of adviser. 

Students complete an Oral Comprehensive Examination in their major field in the senior year, similar to graduate level comps.

Students who pursue the Oral Examination Track combine their Honors studies with a major in a specific academic discipline.

*Please note, VSB students have a prescribed 3-course elective sequence: VSB 2007, 3900, and 4002.

Honors Minor

Any 5 Honors courses, at least 2 of which are upper level. Contract courses may not be counted toward the minor.

This minor is available to any student in the Honors Program and is attainable by students in the Arts, Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Nursing.  Please meet with your Honors advisor to plan ahead to meet the requirements for the minor.

Honors Concentration

Any 8 Honors courses, at least 3 of which are upper level.
Available only through the Class of 2015, for all Colleges.