Special Programs - Honors Programs - Individual Honors Courses (Level 1)

Individual Honors Courses (Level 1)

The most basic level of participation in Honors is to take individual courses for honors credit.  These courses may be any of the following:

  • Honors Courses. Honors courses are specifically designed for honors-level students with limited enrollment to ensure a strong faculty/student interaction, active interchange of ideas, and an in-depth involvement with the subject matter.

  • Honors Option Courses. Students may customize an existing University course and receive honors credit. Students still meet at the regular class times with fellow classmates; however, honors students are expected go above and beyond what others are doing. This may involve weekly meetings with professors to discuss theories only touched upon in class, or it may involve conducting research of a more rigorous nature. It can be anything the student and faculty member agree upon.

  • Honors Independent Study. An independent study allows students, along with their professors, to create their own study plan for a course and pursue it.


  • Any student with a GPA of 3.4 or higher can take any course as an Honors Option course with faculty pemission.

  • Any student with a GPA of 3.4 or higher can create an Honors Independent Study if a faculty member agrees to advise them.

  • Any student may register for an offered Honors course if he or she meets the course prerequisites.


  • Honors Designation - All honors courses taken will be designated with an "H" on your transcript.

  • In-Depth Subject Exploration - You will be able to explore subjects more deeply than is normally provided in a standard course.

  • Faculty Interaction - Many honors courses are limited-size seminar-type classes, which allow for more debate and discussion. Each individual is able to voice opinions, share information, and work one-on-one with the professor.