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 The following table sets out the requirements for graduating from the Honors Program





HON 1000 as sub for APSU 1000;

HON 1045 Honors Seminar as sub for ENGL 1020

   HON 2220 Dialogue on Diversity as sub for ENGL 2330


One Hon course from core

   One Hon course from core


One 3000-4000 course in major

   One 3000-4000 course in major


HON 4050 or other upper-division course in major

  HON 4050 or other upper-division course in major



The Honors Program is designed to provide high-achieving students the opportunity to investigate their chosen area of study in a deeper, more meaningful way.  

In the fall semester of freshman year, honors students take a seminar that is aimed at introducing them to some aspect of the study of their major.  These are writing intensive courses aimed at providing students a look into the scholarly side of their discipline.  One example from the College of Arts and Letters would be, The Odysseus Theme in Western Literature and Art.  In this course, students examine the character of Odysseus through space and time.  We begin with Homer's Odyssey, and finish by reading James Joyce's Ulysses. Along the way, we study the complexity of this multi-faceted character who continues to fascinate authors and readers alike.  These courses are based in colleges, so if you are a student in English, e.g., you would take the course offered by the College of Arts and Letters.  

In the spring term of freshman year, we turn to the issue of diversity.  Our world is a complicated place, with a remarkable range of diversity.  Our world is also a small place where these diverse peoples find themselves living and working side-by-side.  In order to begin to promote dialogue and understanding, honors students take a course called, Confronting the Other.  This course will introduce students to issues of diversity in their chosen area of study. These courses are also based in colleges.  

In the sophomore year, students will take at least two Honors designated courses in the General Education Core.  These are courses such as Music Appreciation, United States History, Introduction to Philosophy, Introduction to Biology, and so on.  These courses are designated with an H following the course number, e.g., PHIL 1030 H, and they are restricted to Honors Program students.  If you enjoy these courses and want to do more than the required two, you are certainly welcome to do so.

In the junior year, honors students will take two courses, typically one each semester, in their major that have been designated by the department as Honors courses.  These courses are not restricted to honors students, but the Honors students will work from a syllabus that is different from the syllabus for the non-honors students.  Honors students will find themselves working more closely with their faculty members, perhaps doing research or assisting in an on-going project that the professor has underway.  

The senior year is reserved for the completion of a thesis, a project, or a performance that serves as the culminating experience of an honors student's undergraduate academic career.  Students register for HON 4050 in the fall, and again in the spring if necessary.  Whatever project the student undertakes, it will have a public component, whether that be a public defense of a thesis, a public performance in music or theater, or a presentation of art or perhaps a poster session that represents an honors student's research.

Instead of the thesis option, students may choose instead to take two upper-division courses in their major. 

Other means of earning honors credits:

In addition to this rigorous program of study, honors students may also elect to do extra work for a class via an Honors Contract.  Such a contract sets forth the responsibilities of the faculty member and the student.  Honors contracts can be done for any class.  Speak with the Director of Honors for more information on these. 

Furthermore, faculty members will occasionally offer special courses in their area of specialization for honors students.  For example, a professor of Medieval Studies might offer a course on Dante and his world, or a Physics professor might teach a seminar on Einstein's papers.