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Honors Curriculum

This program utilizes course work within each student’s discipline combined with Honors Seminars to create a well-rounded curricular and research experience that prepares students for education or employment beyond graduation from ASU.

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  • Course Requirements

    Students choose one of these course requirement programs:

    • Highest University Honors
      • 21 Semester Credit Hours (SCH) Required
        Students take all of the courses listed below. 
    • High University Honors
      • 18 Semester Credit Hours (SCH) Required
        Students take all of our courses listed below except HONR 4399.

    HONR 2305: Honors Seminar in the Humanities
    A seminar-style course taken in the fall of the first year which explores a key topic from humanities and scientific perspectives. This course satisfies humanities or lower level elective requirement. 3 SCH

    HONR 2302 Great Works in the Arts
    The course introduces students to elements of the visual and performing arts appreciation. This course satisfies the core creative and performing arts requirement for Honors students and is taken in the spring of the first year. 3 SCH

    Honors Contract Courses
    Students complete two upper division courses within their major discipline’s degree plan that include an additional Honors component during their third and fourth years. 6 SCH

    HONR 3381: Honors Senior Seminar
    Readings and research on selected topics taught from a multidisciplinary perspective.  Must be taken in spring of your third year. 3 SCH Advanced elective credit.

    Honors Research/Creative Activity
    Independent research problems for Honors Program students. This is taken in the third or fourth year in the program. 3 SCH

    HONR 4399: Honors Thesis/Creative Project*
    Faculty-directed independent research leading to the completion of the Honors Thesis project. 

    *Required only for those graduating with Highest Honors

  • Course Descriptions

    Honors Courses (HONR)

    • 2302 Great Works in the Arts (3-0). The course introduces students to the aesthetic, compositional, motivational, and cultural elements of the visual and performing arts. This course satisfies the core performing arts requirement for Honors students.
      Prerequisite: English 1302

      2305 Honors Seminar in the Humanities (3-0). A seminar-style course for first year Honors students. Students explore fundamental questions and issues in the humanities from a variety of perspectives, including the historical, cultural, philosophical, and scientific perspectives. Students outside the Honors Program may petition for inclusion with permission of the Honors Program Director and instructor.

      3381 Honors Senior Seminar (3-0). Readings and research on selected topics taught from a multidisciplinary perspective. May be repeated once for credit when the topic varies.
      Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification and good standing in the Honors Program.

      4191, 4291, 4391 Honors Research. Individual research problems for Honors Program students. May be repeated to a total of six semester hours of credit. This course is open only to current Honors Program students.
      Prerequisites: Six hours of honors courses. Student must be in good standing with the Honors Program and should be a junior or senior. Permission of instructor required.

      4373 Internship. This course is intended to provide Honors Program students the opportunity to perform an internship with an organization through the Honors Program. Internships through the Honors Program typically satisfy one or more of the major goals within the Honors Program. This course is only open to current students in the Honors Program. May be repeated for a total of six hours of credit.
      Prerequisites: Six hours of honors courses. Student must be in good standing with the Honors Program and should be a junior or senior.

      4381 Honors Research Seminar (3-0). Research seminar for Honors Program students focused on designing, implementing, and presenting original projects suited to the individual student’s discipline.
      Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification.

      4399 Honors Thesis. Faculty-directed independent research leading to the completion of the Honors Thesis project.
      Prerequisites: Senior standing and permission of the Honors Program Director.