Chart Your Course Through Honors


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  • Take at least two honors courses and the 1-credit orientation seminar, HNR 100. Your honors courses can simultaneously meet Honors and divisional or major requirements in your home school or college.
  • Get to know the advisors in the Honors Program, your home school or college recorder, and your faculty advisor.  Be sure to come to Honors for pre-registration advising.
  • Make it a point to get to know some of your faculty in your home college.  Making faculty connections is key to developing your academic and future professional career!
  • Start thinking about civic engagement. Check out our Civic Engagement website for opportunities.
  • Think about whether you might want to study abroad in a future semester. Read up on the Honors course substitution here.




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  • Take one or two honors courses, selected with the help of an Honors advisor and your home school advisor.
  • By the end of your sophomore year, you’re required to declare a major.  Do you need help clarifying your options, or making a choice?  Seek out advisors in your college, in Honors, or elsewhere who can help you.
  • Do you plan to study abroad during your junior year?  Read through our Off Campus Study pages to begin your plans.
  • Once you’ve decided on your major, it’s not too early to start imagining what kind of Honors Thesis project you might want to undertake.  Start exploring the question with Honors advisors and faculty in your major.
  • Science, engineering and psychology students should gain placement in a lab to begin research for their Thesis Projects by the end of their sophomore year.
  • Begin your civic engagement activities and be sure to submit your hours for approval no later than sophomore year.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Honors Thesis requirements using our dedicated Thesis website.
  • Begin your exploration of scholarship and fellowship opportunities–some, such as the Truman Scholarship, require application in the sophomore year.



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  • Begin your Honors Thesis Project (Depth requirement) by finding an advisor and honing your topic.
  • Turn in the required Thesis Proposal Form (fall) and Proposal Update Form (spring).
  • Consider applying for Crown/Wise awards to support your Thesis .
  • Take courses in your major(s); think about how they may relate to your Thesis Project; consider (with your advisor) appropriate graduate courses to support your research on the project.
  • Continue to make progress on Honors requirements that you haven’t yet completed: e.g., how are your Civic Engagement hours coming along?
  • Continue to take Honors courses and seminars that interest you.
  • Begin to think about life after graduation:  Career?  Graduate School?  Law or Medical School?  Teach for America?  Peace Corps?  Investigate fellowship and scholarship opportunities–many require applications in the junior year.  Talk to an advisor to help you consider all your options.




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  • Complete your Thesis Project research in the fall semester and begin writing drafts of chapters or otherwise creating/assembling your project.
  • Also in the fall, choose your Honors Reader, a faculty member who will also review and approve your Project.
  • Prepare graduate, professional, scholarship, fellowship and other relevant applications.
  • Complete any remaining Honors requirements: Civic Engagement, Collaboration, Global Awareness, and Public Presentation.
  • Complete and refine your Thesis Project in the spring semester; write your Thesis Summary, and submit the entire project in mid-April.
  • Present your Project on Thesis Presentation Day in early May.
  • Be celebrated at Honors Convocation for your achievements!