There are two tracks available to students who are admitted to Honors. The first track is General Studies Honors, which is geared towards students in their first and second years of college. The second track is Capstone Honors which is geared towards students in their Junior and Senior years.
General Studies Honors
General Studies Honors allows students to graduate with some recognition by completing some General Studies courses as Honors courses. To complete General Studies Honors, students must a total minimum of 18 Honors GSR credits. Classes include topics such as First Year Seminar, English, General Studies Capstone, as well as a number of courses of the student's choosing. This program is a good stepping stone to Capstone Honors, which fosters student-faculty cooperation to maximize a student's competitiveness after graduation.
If a student decides to join Honors after the first semester is already completed, then that student will take a mix of four 200-level Honors sections of GSR integrative courses totaling 18 credits.
Capstone Honors is the heart of the Honors Program. Beginning in the spring semester of their junior year, students prepare to be serious academic competitors at top-tier schools through the completion of this program. During this program, students will work closely with faculty mentors in their chosen discipline to develop a project worthy of a top graduate. Students may do any project they would like to. Projects have spanned from scientific research in Hawaii, to service learning projects in Cameroon, to creating a documentary movie about Deaf survivors of Nazi Germany, to creative writing, traditional thesis papers, and original research based on student's internship experiences. As a part of this experience, students will also take a course designed to maximize a student's chances for gaining admission to the graduate or professional school of their choice.
Capstone Honors only adds six credits to a students course requirements; the other major Honors-level courses are taken as students complete the requirements for their major.