HON Seminars

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The Honors (HON) seminar courses are the key component of the University Honors experience. The HON seminars are designed to motivate students to become knowledge-creators within their own discipline; to develop habits of mind that will serve them well as knowledge-creators; and to understand what it means to create new knowledge in fields with which they may not be familiar. Regardless of the course topic, students are expected to understand both the history and consequences (ethical dilemmas, social and political changes, etc…) of discoveries, inventions, new art forms, new ideas, and books, for example, as each has impacted the focal point of the course. The HON seminars stimulate an undergraduate culture of research by providing a holistic “mind-on” research experience within a cross-disciplinary context as a way to prepare University Honors Program students for the capstone requirement of the program. HON seminars also promote critical thinking, reading, and problem-solving skills. The small class size provides an ideal setting for constructive argumentation, analysis, synthesis, and pointed conclusions.

University Honors Program HON seminar requirement

All University Honors Program students are required to take 12 credit hours of HON seminars and receive a grade of B- or better in each course. Students may also satisfy up to 3 credit hours of the 12-credit total with a HON seminar substitute. These courses have been vetted by the University Honors Program staff and have been shown to support and extend the educational goals of the program. Students should review the list of pre-approved HON substitutes on the menu bar to the right or petition their University Honors Program advisor regarding a particular course or experience. Please note that receiving credit for a HON substitute requires filling out additional documentation with the University Honors Program in consultation with your University Honors Program advisor.

University Scholars Program HON seminar requirement

University Scholars who were admitted to the program in fall 2018 and later are required to take one Honors seminar course, preferably in their first year in the program. There are instances in which an alternative course can be substituted for the HON seminar. Please contact your University Scholars Program advisor for more details.