Curriculum- Effective Fall 2015

The new curriculum affects students admitted to the Honors Program for Fall 1015 and thereafter.


Two pathways allow first-year entering students and continuing or transfer students to participate. All students must achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 by graduation and complete a Senior Honors Thesis to earn the “University Honors Scholar” designation on their transcript and diploma.

Entering Students

Track 1

The University Honors Scholar program is designed for outstanding students who wish to fulfill a majority of their general education requirements through innovative interdisciplinary seminars. Honors students fulfill history and writing requirements, for example, by taking broad-based seminars rather than stand-alone composition or history courses. The Track 1 program is available to all majors.

 Track 2

In addition, many academic departments allow students to participate in the Honors Program through the Discipline Honors Scholar program. This option is well suited for outstanding students who have completed many general education requirements and wish to focus on upper division Honors experiences in their majors. A list of CSU course equivalents for AP and IB courses is available here.
Please note that not all majors have Track 2 programs.


Transfer Students

Track 2: Continuing/Transfer Students
The University Honors Scholar program is designed for outstanding students who wish to fulfill a majority of their general education requirements through innovative interdisciplinary seminars. Honors students fulfill history and writing requirements, for example, by taking broad-based seminars rather than stand-alone composition or history courses. The Track 1 program is available to all majors.

Entering Student Pathway

Most incoming freshmen will follow the requirements for Track 1, the seminar pathway. Track 1 satisfies the majority of the All University Core Curriculum (AUCC) categories. Students with at least 30 AP, IB, or college credits may decide to switch to the Track 2 pathway after their first semester. All incoming Honors freshmen are required to complete an Honors seminar (HONR192) in their first semester at CSU.


Track 1 students complete five Honors seminars (16 credits), two Honors courses in their major (6 credits); a Pre-Thesis  class (1 credit); and the Senior Honors Thesis (3 credits). The curriculum meets the AUCC requirements in the following five categories: written communication, arts/humanities, social/behavioral sciences, historical perspectives, and global and cultural awareness. 


Track 1 Curriculum
 

 1. Integrated Core of Five Interdisciplinary Honors Seminars 16 credits
HONR 192: First-Year Seminar 4 credits
HONR 193: Seminar 3 credits
HONR 292: Seminar 3 credits
HONR 392: Seminar 3 credits
HONR 492: Senior Seminar 3 credits

2. Two Honors Courses in Department, College, and/or Major 6 credits
A sophomore level course (200-300) 3 credits
An upper division course (300-400) 3 credits

3. Honors Thesis or Project 4 credits
HONR 399: Honors Pre-Thesis 1 credits
HONR 499: Senior Honors Thesis 3 credits

Total 26 credits

 

Click on the links below to see additional information about Honor courses required by major for Track 1 programs. Students must choose one course from the first course column and one from the second column. Majors are listed alphabetically by college. 

Note: ** indicates that you may choose ANY course with that prefix (i.e. ART3** means that you may choose ANY 300-level art course).

If you have questions regarding the Honors Program curriculum please refer to the Honors Student Handbook or contact the Honors Office for assistance.


PDF Links to Required Honors Courses:

 

Incoming freshmen students with 30 or more transfer credits may decide to pursue Track 2, the Discipline Honors Scholar track. The student completes HONR192, HONR292, 15 credits of Honors courses/sections/options in the major; the Honors Pre-Thesis class (1 credit); and a senior Honors Thesis in the major (3 credits). Please note that this option is not available in all majors. A list of CSU course equivalents for AP and IB courses is available here.


Track 2 Curriculum

1. HONR 192: Honors Freshman Seminar 4 credits

2. HONR 293: Seminar 3 credits

3. Five Honors courses in the major 15 credits
A sophomore level course (200-300) 3 credits
Three to four Honors courses (300-400) 12 credits

4. Honors Thesis or Project 4 credits
HONR 399: Honors Pre-Thesis 1 credits
HONR 499: Senior Honors Thesis 3 credits

Total 26 credits

 

Click on the links below to see additional information about meeting the requirements in majors which have approved Track 2 programs. Majors are listed alphabetically by college.

*Note: Unless otherwise listed, classes are 3 credits each.
** All majors must complete the Senior Honors Thesis requirement.

If you have questions regarding the Honors Program curriculum please refer to the Honors Student Handbook or contact the Honors Office for assistance.


PDF Links to Additional Information:

 

Continuing/Transfer Student Pathway

This pathway (Track 2) is intended for CSU currently enrolled students or transfer students with at least 15 college credits. Transferring track 2 students complete 15 credits of Honors courses/sections/options in their major, an honors independent study, and a Pre-Thesis class (1 credit); and a Senior Honors Thesis (3 credits) in their major. Please note that this pathway is not available in all majors.


Continuing/Transfer Student Curriculum
 

1. Honors section of 100 or 200 level course 3 credits

2. HONR 293: Seminar 3 credits

3. Four to five Honors courses in the major 15 credits

4. Honors Thesis or Project 4 credits
HONR 399: Honors Pre-Thesis 1 credits
HONR 499: Senior Honors Thesis 3 credits

Total 25 credits

 

Click on the links below to see additional information about meeting the requirements in majors which have approved Continuing/Transfer Student programs. Majors are listed alphabetically by college.

*Note: Unless otherwise listed, classes are 3 credits each
** All majors must complete the Senior Honors Thesis requirement.

If you have questions regarding the Honors Program curriculum please refer to the Honors Student Handbook or contact the Honors Office for assistance.


PDF Links to Additional Information: