Honors Program in the Humanities

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The Honors Program in the Humanities is designed for high-achieving students seeking an integrated program of intellectual challenge. Students develop analytical and critical thinking skills through the examination and discussion of major figures, works, and ideas from antiquity to the present.

Honors seminars encourage active participation and explore the interrelation of achievements in science, culture, social history, and intellectual thought. Each seminar fulfills a General Education course requirement. During the junior and senior years, there’s an option for an independent, faculty-supervised research project.

Students who complete at least five honors seminars with at least a 3.30 grade point average will graduate from the University "In Honors."

Core Equivalencies

Regardless of which Honors Humanities seminars you take or the order you take them in, these are the core equivalencies:

  • The first seminar fulfills your Core Literature requirement
  • The second fulfills your Core History requirement
  • The third fulfills your Core Philosophy requirement
  • The fourth fulfills your Core Theology/Religious Studies requirement

If you take HON-324, our Renaissance in England seminar, it can count towards fulfilling your Visual and Performing Arts requirement.

If you are currently registered for both an Honors Humanities seminar and a Core class in History, Literature, Philosophy, or Theology/Religious Studies, we recommend that you drop the Core course if you’re simply looking to fulfill a Core requirement.