Applying to Honors Foundation


The Honors Foundation Application is completed online

*Please note: Unfortunately, the Honors application is unable to save your work during the completion process, so it requires a full submission once opened. The application contains an essay based on this article (pdf). At the end, answer the questions and paste them into the online application.

Teachers & Guidance Counselors: Letters of Recommendation can be submitted online by clicking here. We request one letter of recommendation per application.

Honors Foundation: Standard Course Schedule Overview

Total credits: 15 credits


Fall Semester
Learning Community
Honors 101: World of Ideas (4 credits)
Explore a particular theme using an interdisciplinary approach (Learning Community). Students will apply multiple ways of knowing to explore various questions and issues related to the particular theme. 
Honors 112 (1 credit)
SVLN 101 (1 credit)

Spring Semester
Honors 102: The Life of the Mind (3 credits)
Continue the exploration of the theme identified for Honors 101 from the perspectives of two additional disciplines.


Fall Semester
Honors 201: Special Investigations in Honors (3 credits)
(Fall or Spring) This special topics course will provide a sustained interdisciplinary investigation of a particular topic.

Spring Semester
Honors 201 (3 credits)


Fall Semester
Honors 301: The Symposium (3 credits-WI)
(Fall or Spring) Focuses on the methods of inquiry and the role that research plays in different disciplines. Students will read and critically analyze primary sources, conduct a literature review, write a research proposal, and present the information to their peers. (This course is a pre-requisite for Honors 401 and will assist students in developing a research proposal or scholarly project for Honors 401.)

Spring Semester
Honors 301 (3 credits-WI) *WI=Writing Intensive

Honors 102 Sample Syllabus

Course Description: This course will continue the exploration of the theme identified for Honors 101 from the perspectives of two additional disciplines.
Textbook: The textbook will be determined from an attached list of core texts.
Course Objectives: Same as Honors 101 - See above

Credit hours: 3
Contact hours: 3 hours per week
Pre-requisites: Honors 101
When and how often the course will be taught: once/year

General-Education Credit: Yes. This course will meet general education outcome #22."Integrate general education experiences by exploring common themes, issues or problems using knowledge and skills from multiple disciplines." The analytical papers, examinations, and the final project will be used to assess this goal.

Honors 201 Sample Syllabus

Honors 201: Special Investigations in Honors

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This interdisciplinary course examines a special topic from the perspectives of several scholarly disciplines. The course focuses on the emergence and significance of the phenomenon and analyzes the contributions of various disciplines in the development and classification of this phenomenon.


1). Students should be able to identify the types of evidence utilized by more than one scholarly discipline, and employ them in examining the course topic.

a. Students should be able to clearly articulate their ideas in written and verbal form.
b. Students should be able to document sources correctly.

2). Students should be able to compare and evaluate the research methods used in more than one scholarly discipline.

3) Students should be able to summarize and evaluate the scholarly work produced in more than one discipline.

Credit hours: 3
Contact hours: 3 hours per week
Pre-requisites: Enrolled in Honors I
When and how often the course will be taught: once/year
General Education Credit: Yes
Writing Intensive: No

How does this course relate to departmental mission and goals?
Honors 201 will serve as an interdisciplinary special topics class for students in the Honors I program. This course will be taken in the fall or spring semester of the student's second year in the Honors I program. This course provides students with a framework for a sustained interdisciplinary exploratory of a specific topic.

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