Honors Scholars. Honors Scholars are a select group of around 40 students who make up the Honors College's incoming freshman class each year. These students are National Merit Semifinalists and Finalists, Trustee Scholars, and other students in the College Board’s Recognition programs. Honors Scholars must maintain a 3.25 GPA and complete the curriculum below before their final year to remain in the Honors College and, therefore, retain their scholarship. Honors Scholars are encouraged to pursue Honors College recognition at graduation and are expected to engage in leadership and service at the university and/or in the community.
Required in the first semester
- HNRS 2000 (1) – Honors Cornerstone
- HNRS 2020 (2) – Life and Teachings of Jesus (Gospels)
Choose at least three courses before the final year
- HNRS 2010 (3) – Communication and Critical Thinking (meets one of the following requirements in the Liberal Arts: COMM 1010, ENG 1110, or ENG 2110)
- HNRS 2021 (2) – Faith and Mission of the Church (Acts Through Revelation)
- HNRS 2022 (2) – Creation and Kingdom (Genesis Through Esther)
- HNRS 2023 (2) – Wisdom and Prophets (Job Through Malachi)
- HNRS 2030 (3) – The Big Questions (meets one of the following requirements in the Liberal Arts: ART 1010, THEA 1010, MUS 1010-1015, ENG 2010, ENG 2020, HIST 2100, or HIST 2110)
- HNRS 2040 (3) – Social Systems (meets one of the following requirements in the Liberal Arts: ECON 2010, POLS 1787, PSY 2010, SOC 2030, or global perspectives)
- HNRS 2050 (3) – The Physical World (meets one of the following requirements in the Liberal Arts: BIOL 1100, MATH 1200, PHS 1010, PHS 1020/1020L, PHS 1030, PHS 1050, or PHS 1060)
- HNRS 4590 (3) – Seminar in Ethics
- HNRS 4750-4756 (0-3) – Selected Topics
Honors Students. Any student who earns a 3.25 GPA at midterm of their first semester, or any time thereafter, can apply for admission to the Honors College.
Honors students must enroll in HNRS 2000 during the first full semester after they are admitted to the Honors College, must maintain a 3.25 GPA, are encouraged to pursue Honors College recognition at graduation, and are expected to engage in leadership and service at the university and/or in the community.