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All honors scholar-Track 1 students must complete 27 credit hours in honors courses for graduation in honors. The required honors hours do not supplant any required hours in general education or the major. Many honors courses will double count toward general education requirements or the student's major requirements as well as toward the honors total. Other honors courses may even triple count towards requirements in a student's major, honors, and general education. Honors electives come from honors courses, honors seminars, and Honors Options. Unless a student opts to take many extra hours in honors, the following courses of study can be completed in a normal four-year sequence. Track 1 students who successfully complete all their Honors requirements will have the designation of Honors Scholar included on their transcripts and diplomas, as well as the indication of graduation With Distinction in their major. In addition, the Honors Program gives each Honors graduate a medallion to wear at graduation.
Honors students are required to maintain a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA and take at least one honors course or Honors Option per semester until all honors requirements are met. Failure to meet these standards or violation of the University Honors Code will be grounds for probation or dismissal. Please refer to Maintaining Good Standing for important information.
Honors General Education: 6 credit hours
Honors Seminars: 6 credit hours
Honors Electives: 9 credit hours
Senior Honors Project: 6 credit hours
Checklist: Track 1 Requirements
During the first year, most Track 1 students take one or two honors courses each semester. Completing the core requirements should be a primary goal. In the second and third years, Track 1 students should complete their honors seminars and elective requirements. In the third year, they should also begin their senior honors project, submitting the project proposal (form available online) and completing the first 499 course. The final year should be devoted to completing the senior honors project.