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Retention Requirements

General Performance:

Only courses passed with grades of ‘A’ or ‘B’ will fulfill Honors Program requirements; no Honors course may be taken more than twice.  Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 must be maintained.

Students who do not meet these requirements will be placed on Honors Program academic probation for two consecutively enrolled terms; failure to reach the criteria after the probationary term will result in dismissal from the Honors Program.

 

 

Honors Student Program

Courses

The Honors Student Program requires completion of 15 credit hours of 100- and 200- level general education Honors courses: each of four Honors Area Courses listed below and one Honors elective.  All Honors courses will be designated by an initial Z, followed by a three-letter code designating the Honors Program (ZHON) or an academic department (in the case of electives).


ZHON 191: Honors Introduction to the Performing and Fine Arts ............. 3 cr
ZHON 192: Honors Introduction to the Humanities ................................... 3 cr
ZHON 193: Honors Introduction to the Social Sciences ............................ 3 cr
ZHON 194: Honors Introduction to Contemporary Sciences ..................... 3 cr
Z- Honors Elective .................................................................................... 3 cr
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Total
15 cr

Students who successfully complete the Honors Student Program will have the designation Honors Student imprinted on their diploma upon graduation.

For the Honors Scholar Program

Courses

The Honors Scholar Program requires completion of 15 credit hours, specifically: 9 credit hours of 300-level electives (such as ZHON 375 and/or major courses adapted for Honors credit), ZHON 360 – Honors Seminar in Research and Creative Processes and ZHON 395 – Honors Thesis/Creative Project. See below for additional information on adapting courses for Honors credit and on the Thesis/Creative Project requirement.

ZHON 360 – Honors Seminar in Research and Creative Processes ....... 3 cr
3 Honors electives (ZHON 375 and/or adapted courses) ........................ 9 cr
ZHON 395 – Honors Thesis/Creative Project .......................................... 3 cr
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Total
15 cr

Adapted Courses

Students at the Honors Scholar level may propose to adapt 3-credit hour, non-Honors courses at the 300-level for Honors credit in order to fulfill program requirements.  The student discusses this option with the faculty member teaching the course in question in the semester prior to the one in which s/he plans to take the course.  Students and faculty member must complete an Honors Program Adapted Course Application and submit it for consideration by the Honors Core Faculty.  Additional guidelines regarding this process are available from the Honors Program Office, B-141.

Honors Thesis/Creative Project

All students must complete an Honors Thesis/Creative Project, original work that represents the culmination of the Honors Scholars curriculum.  To be eligible for enrollment in Thesis hours, scholars must have completed ZHON 360 as well as a project proposal that includes abstract, literature review, and initial write-up of the proposed inquiry/project.  They must also have the support of a faculty advisor familiar with the project proposal.  For additional information and guidelines, Honors Scholars should pick up the Honors Thesis/Creative Project Manual and other related documents from the Honors Program Office, B-144.

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