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Plan of Study

Because the Honors Program is comprised of students from a diverse range of majors and interests, there is no “one size fits all” approach to completing your Honors Program requirements. Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor to develop a plan of study that best suits their academic and professional plans.

Generally, first-year students are enrolled in HNRS 200 (1-credit) during their first or second quarter. After the first quarter, students are able to enroll in HNRS courses or propose Honors Options at their own pace. Honors Sections may be completed at any time.

While there are no required benchmarks for students to meet prior to graduation, the following guidelines are strongly encouraged to ensure that you are able to meet all requirements in a timely manner. Students are responsible for their requirements and should not wait until their last year to complete them.

  • FIRST-YEAR: Complete HNRS 200 and possibly some Honors Sections
  • SOPHOMORE YEAR: Aim to complete at least 4 credits by the end of sophomore year
  • PRE-JUNIOR/JUNIOR YEAR: Aim to complete at least half of the required Honors Credits
  • SENIOR/FINAL YEAR: Complete final Honors Credits

Example Plans of Study

Emily Evenpace

Emily is a humanities student. She takes HNRS 200 during her first quarter (1 credit), but doesn’t have any available Honors Sections. During her sophomore year, she takes an Honors Colloquium in the winter (3 credits). She spends her pre-junior fall and winter quarters abroad, but enrolls in a Great Works course (1 credit) in the spring while she is on her co-op. In the fall of her junior year, Emily completes an Honors Option (3 credits). She completes two more Honors Options in the winter quarter (6 credits). Going into senior year, Emily has 14 Honors Credits. She finishes up her requirements with another Honors Colloquium in the fall quarter (3 credits), bringing her total to 17 Honors Credits. She maintains a 3.2 cumulative GPA until the end of spring and successfully completes the Honors Program requirements. 

Frankie Frontloader

Frankie is a STEM student. They are not able to take HNRS 200 during their first quarter because they do not have room in their schedule. However, they are enrolled in the Honors Sections of the BIO 122 (4.5 credits) and CHEM 101 (3.5 credits). In winter, they complete the Honors Section of CHEM 102 (4.5 credits) and an Honors colloquium (3 credits). In spring, they take an Honors Great Works course (1 credit). Frankie has now completed 16.5 Honors Credits, including one Honors Colloquium, meeting the course requirements. Now all they have to do is maintain a 3.2 cumulative GPA. They should consider pursuing Honors with Distinction!

Polly Putitoff

Polly completes HNRS 200 in the fall of her first year (1 credit). She is busy with her major and minor coursework, research, and student activities, losing track of her Honors requirements. She realizes during junior year that she should probably make a plan. In summer of her junior year, Polly completes an Honors Colloquium (3 credits). She enters senior year with just 4 credits completed. During the fall quarter of senior year, she completes two Honors Options (6 credits). In winter, she completes an Honors Option (3 credits) and a graduate course (3 credits). That brings Polly to 16 total Honors Credits. Phew! That was close. Not all students like Polly will be able to complete the Honors Program requirements. Be sure to plan ahead so that you are not scrambling to complete your requirements senior year!

Willy Makeit

Willy finished HNRS 200 during his first quarter (1 credit). He doesn’t take another Honors Course until pre-junior year, when he enrolls in a colloquium. However, he earns a B- in the course, so it does not count towards his total. Willy hasn’t checked in with an advisor or checked the requirements lately, so he believes the course will count towards his total. Willy completes three Honors Options during his junior year (10 credits). Senior year is very busy for Willy, so he is not able to fit an Honors Colloquium into his schedule. He completes two Great Works courses (2 credits), bringing his total Honors Credits to 13. Willy believes that he is finished, but without the required Honors Colloquium (and accompanying 3 credits), he has not met the Honors Program requirements.