In order to earn an honors distinction on an undergraduate degree, students in the Honors School must fulfill all the requirements of their major and successfully complete 25 credits of the following Honors courses:
- Completion of 12 credits at the lower (first year/sophomore) level. These can be fulfilled by taking Honors sections of General Education courses, including: First Year English, Western Civilization, Anthropology, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology; OR, for students in the School of Science: Biology, Chemistry, and Math; OR any combination of both.
- Completion of 13 credits at the upper (junior/senior) level. These may be fulfilled by taking courses in the major offered for Honors credit, taking “contract” courses in the major (regular courses for “H” credit by contract with the professor). Required courses include HO 495 (Capstone Development) and HO 496 (Capstone Writing/Producing).
The senior capstone project is an independent research project produced by a student, usually during senior year. It differs from a conventional paper or project in its preparation, scope, and presentation. The capstone gives a student an opportunity to develop analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills, as well as the chance to evaluate different source materials. The honors capstone can be focused in the student’s field of study or another field. Upon completion, the student must defend the capstone project with an oral presentation.
Certain disciplines (such as the arts, computer science, software engineering, chemistry, or biology), might be better represented as a project rather than a written thesis. Your school advisor, first and/or second readers, and Dean Mezey are available to discuss your options with you.