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Requirements

Requirements of the College Honors Program

A. College Honors students who join the program must take the Sophomore Honors Seminar in the spring of the year they are accepted. Then, sometime during their junior or senior year they must enroll in an upper-level Honors seminar. Normally, two upper-level seminars will be taught in the fall and one in the spring. 

B. All College Honors students must register for and participate in the evening Honors Colloquium during each semester they are on campus. Colloquium focuses on advanced academic skills including oral presentation and writing one's own intellectual autobiography. It also features a series of visiting speakers who address topics chosen by the students. Most fundamentally, Colloquium is intended to create and foster an intellectual community. Colloquium takes place each Tuesday night from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Colloquium is graded on a pass/fail basis and does not count as one of the regular four courses students take each semester.

C. Each junior must complete a thesis prospectus that is approved by their faculty advisor.

D. Each student must complete a yearlong senior thesis project under the supervision of an advisor or advisors. Each semester of the thesis counts as an individual course for a total of two credits. Each student also makes an oral presentation on her or his thesis work at the annual Academic Conference, but the oral presentation is not a substitute for the written work. The thesis project must receive a grade of B or higher for the student to graduate with College Honors.

E. Honors students must continue to maintain a high level of academic achievement.

F. All of these requirements must be completed satisfactorily in order for a student to graduate with College Honors. Admission to the College Honors Program does not guarantee graduation with College Honors.