Honors Core

Honors scholars are required to complete the full-year College Writing sequence (Area I of Liberal Education), and the Liberal Education science requirement (Area III).

Honors scholars are otherwise exempt from completing specific requirements in the Liberal Education curriculum, but must fulfill the following Honors Core, selecting from the list of approved courses (see Honors Student Manual or talk with the Honors Director). The Honors Council requires that at least one course (minimum 2 semester credits) be taken in each of the areas listed below. No single course can satisfy more than one area for any student.

In addition to fulfilling the requirements for the Honors core, Honors scholars must complete the required Honors courses as well as requirements in their major.

Worksheets listing the Honors Core course and credits are available in the Honors Program office, HS 357.

Areas within the Honors Core:

Language and Literature

This area comprises coursework taken either in English or in some other language. Literature is a vehicle for display of culture and aesthetic expression, and can communicate an understanding of the human experience.

Scientific Investigation of Human Behavior

Additional understanding of the human experience comes from familiarity with specific inquiries into human behavior.

The Structure and Function of Institutions

Economic, political, and social institutions play a significant role in people’s lives. The understanding of these institutions is an important aspect of being a responsible citizen.

Historical Studies

This area includes coursework taken in history, or historically-oriented courses in other disciplines such as art, music, or philosophy. History provides a perspective on the development of human society and culture and can separate us from the parochialism of the present.

Mathematics or Analytical Thought

These disciplines foster an understanding of the nature and use of formal, rational thought.

World Culture

Studying a language or studying another culture through the perspectives of other disciplines such as anthropology, history, or philosophy help to free us from the confines of our own culture.


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