First-Year students in Honors take a year-long sequence that includes three of the classes listed below.
Note: Students take either Honors 105 or Honors 106 in Spring term of their first year.
Analysis interpretation and discussion of a wide range to texts from ancient times to the 6th century, with emphasis on the Western traditions. (4 credits)
Analysis interpretation and discussion of a wide range to texts from the 7th century to the 20th century, with emphasis on the Western traditions. (4 credits)
Analysis, interpretation, and discussion of a wide range of sources from the contemporary world, with major emphasis on culture of Asia, Africa, the Middle East or Latin America. (4 credits)
Analysis, interpretation, and discussion of a wide range of sources from the contemporary world, with emphasis on cultures of North American or Europe. Provides an introduction to multicultural experience and to gender studies. (4 credits)
Lower Division Colloquia
What does “colloquia” mean? Colloquium is from the Latin verb loqui, meaning “to talk or speak.” Our colloquia offer students the opportunity to satisfy General University Requirements (GUR’s) in an intimate Honors setting. Rather than sitting in a lecture hall with 150+ students for an introductory-level course, students can take equivalent courses with a fraction of that number of students – typically between 20-30 students.
Two Honors colloquia are required. These 200-level classes are offered each year in areas such as psychology, philosophy, and mathematics. Click for the dropdown menu to see the course description and the course equivalences.
Equivalent to PHIL 101 – An introduction to philosophical methods and to the branches of philosophical inquiry. The class will concentrate on a specific subject or topic in each colloquium, and the area of emphasis will therefore vary from year to year. (4 credits)
Equivalent to ANTH 201 – The study of societies that contrast with Western Civilization, leading to an acquaintance with the concept of culture, human variation, and change, and their importance to an understanding of human behavior. Emphasis on understanding each culture from its own point of view rather than our own. Class will concentrate on discussion and will provide students with an opportunity to explore one or more areas of the discipline. (4 credits)
Equivalent to PSY 101 – An introduction to the basic concepts and methods of the discipline of psychology utilizing the results of research investigations. Students will have an opportunity to perform independent work. (4 credits)
Equivalent varies depending on instructor – The study of history as a discipline, including an introduction to primary sources, source criticism, basic techniques of historical research, and historical writing. Students will study a specific historical issue or event in some depth. (4 credits)
Equivalent varies depending on instructor – An introduction to the concept of politics and the types of governments and political issues in the contemporary world, with an emphasis on the comparative study of political ideas and systems. The class will focus on discussion and students will have an opportunity to study one or more areas in depth. (4 credits)
Equivalent to ECON 206 – An introduction to the principles of micro- and macroeconomics, including the role of the market in allocating scarce resources, the decision making of economic agents, market and regulatory failures, macroeconomic performance, competing theories of the macro economy, the creation of money, and international trade and finance. Students will have the opportunity for extensive discussion and to explore one or more areas of the discipline. (4 credits)
Equivalent to PHYS 101 – An introduction to the basic concepts and practice of physics, including the laws of motion, conservation of energy and momentum, gravitation, electricity and magnetism, sound and light waves, radioactivity, and fission and fusion. The class includes a lab, and students will have an opportunity to study an area of interest in depth. (4 credits)
Equivalent to GEOL 211 – Study of the earth including its origins, petrology, volcanology, orogeny, plate tectonics, and the evolution of continents as a result of surface and subsurface processes. The class includes a laboratory, and students will have the opportunity to study a particular area of geology in depth. (4 credits)
Equivalent to BIOL 101 – An introduction to the study of biology, including molecular and evolutionary processes, the energetics of living systems with emphasis on photosynthesis and respiration in relation to the first and second laws of thermodynamics, and the study of the physical structure of DNA and its involvement in information flow in the cell. The class includes a laboratory, and students will have an opportunity to explore a specific, selected area of inquiry. (4 credits)
Equivalent to LING 201 – Introduction to the scientific study of language and the various subfields of linguistics, including how language is acquired, how it varies across time and space, and how it is used in different social contexts. (4 credits)
Equivalent to WGSS 213 – An introduction to central concepts and methods in women, gender, and sexuality studies. Course may include thematic focus on: postcolonialism, the body and culture, aesthetics, science, state/nation, among other topics. (4 credits)
Equivalent varies depending on instructor – An examination of the relationship between science and technology and the social and cultural milieu in which they are actually done. Individual classes may center on a single science or deal with a number of case studies dealing with different sciences. (4 credits)
Equivalent to Sociology Introductory Course – An introduction to the principles of sociology, including the study of social change, social institutions, and social organizations. The class will also provide an opportunity for concentrated study in one or more areas of the discipline. (4 credits)
Students may count any of Math 134, 135, 138, Chemistry 175, 176, or 225 in lieu of one colloquium.
Upper Division Seminars
Two Honors seminars are required. Seminars are 300-level courses and are offered in an array of fields that change each year. Click below to see what seminars are currently being offered.
An Honors Senior Project is required for graduation through the Honors Program. This is concentrated work in a student’s major field or another field. It is not unusual for a student to be engaged in Senior Project work before their final year. Students may take HNRS 390 — Capstone Project Preparation (1 cr), in their penultimate year, to plan the work, and then HNRS 490 — Senior Project (2-8 cr) to complete it. Students may also enroll in research credits in their major department.
Honors Capstone Project Preparation course (HNRS 390)
The purpose of this (optional) 1-credit Fall, Winter or Spring Quarter course is to aid Honors Program students in the steps required to design and execute the project that is the final step in completing their Honors coursework. This course will promote an Honors community of scholars. By the end of the term, students will have thoroughly gone through the preparatory process described below.
Complete the Honors Senior Capstone Project webform as soon as practically possible. Details must include:
- Your name and disciplinary advisor’s name
- When and how many credits you plan to take for the project (HNRS 490 or departmental research credits or both)
- Project description
- Your plan for presentation and final product: approximately when and in what form
- Attach your abstract to the webform
- Follow the routing instructions and send to your advisor
See past Honors Capstone Projects through Western Library’s CEDAR program.
See upcoming Honors Capstone presentations by clicking here!
Graduating seniors should use DegreeWorks to determine if Honors Program requirements have been fulfilled. All exceptions must be approved by an official Honors advisor and recorded in Degreeworks.
Honors students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 for the last 90 graded credits of university-level work.