General Education Requirements

In addition to the equivalent of a year of a foreign language, honors students must take three core courses at the honors level. Qualifying courses include honors sections of:  English Composition 101, History of Civilization I & II, American History I & II, Biology I & II;  any math at or above pre-calculus, calculus-based physics I, and calculus-based physics II. Participants in the Residential Honors Program may take more and different general education honors courses. Please see the Residential Honors page or contact the Honors Director for more information.

HO 101: HONORS FORUM. (1 credit hour)

The course consists of selected readings, special lectures, films, and group discussions of current issues and problems. Honors students must take four semesters of this course, preferably in their freshman and sophomore years. Centennial and Honors Scholars must take 4 semesters in their freshman and sophomore years.

Syllabus, Spring 2015 (PDF)


HO 303: SPECIAL TOPICS SEMINAR. (2 credit hours)

The topics of the interdisciplinary seminars vary from semester to semester. Honors students must take two of these seminars, preferably in their junior year. Centennial and Honors Scholars take two sections of HO 303 in an intensive format during the required study abroad program after the sophomore year. The honors study abroad program is open to all honors students on a space permitting basis.

Syllabus, Spring 2015 (PDF)

HO 401: INDEPENDENT STUDY I. (3 credit hours)

This course is a faculty-supervised reading course for junior or senior students who are participants in the Honors Program. The readings are intended to prepare the student to undertake an independent research project in Independent Study II. To receive credit for HO 401, a research proposal written by the student must be approved by the Project Committee.

Syllabus, Spring 2015 (PDF)



HO 402: INDEPENDENT STUDY II. (3 credit hours)

A faculty-supervised course that is taken after the completion of HO 401, this course generates credit when the student completes an independent research project. No credit is given for this course until the student presents an acceptable oral report and submits an acceptable paper based on the guidelines approved by the Honors Faculty Committee and the Project Committee.

Syllabus, Spring 2015 (PDF)





RHP HIS 102: Change & Progress

Syllabus, Spring 2015 (PDF)



(Individual cases may vary. Participants in the Residential Honors Program may follow a different schedule their first two years. See the Honors Director for more information.)

Semester 1
Honors Forum
Honors Core Course

Semester 2
Honors Forum
Honors Core Course

Semester 3
Honors Forum
Honors Core Course
Foreign Language

Semester 4
Honors Forum
Foreign Language

Semester 5
Special Topics Seminar

Semester 6
Special Topics Seminar

Semester 7
Independent Study I

Semester 8
Independent Study II


Transfer Members

Transfer students admitted to the Gordy Honors College must fulfill the following curriculum: 2 semesters of foreign language (this must be of the same language, i.e Spanish I & II), 2 sections of HO 303, HO 401, HO 402. Transfer members are strongly encouraged to take at least one semester of HO 101. Foreign language may be transfer credit.

McDevitt Scholars are required to be members in good standing of the Gordy Honors College and complete their degree with Honors. 


Other Requirements

Coffee Rule

Students entering the senior year who hold a Centennial, Honors, or McDevitt scholarship MUST be registered for HO 401 in the first semester of the senior year (unless completed prior). If the student is not signed up for this course, he or she will be deemed not to be fulfilling the obligations of the scholarship in relationship to the Honors College and will not receive scholarship money.

These students must successfully COMPLETE 401 by second semester of the senior year and be enrolled in 402 in order to receive scholarship money.

Any Centennial Scholarship holder who plans to live off campus in the next academic year must inform the Honors College of this intention by May 1.

GPA Requirement

All members of the Gordy Honors College must maintain a 3.0 GPA. Students who do not maintain a 3.0 will have one probation semester to raise the GPA to the required level. If this does not happen, the student will be dismissed from the Honors College. Students should note that there is no probation period from scholarship. However, there is an appeals process, which takes place over the summer.

Dropping Honors

Members wishing to drop out of the Honors College must schedule a meeting with the Director and sign necessary paperwork.

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