Academic Information

Honors Program Requirements

incoming freshman

All Honors Program students who begin as entering first-year students will be required to take at least four Honors general education courses during their first two years in the program. Each semester, a range of courses in a variety of disciplines will be available from which students can choose. All of these courses satisfy university general education requirements so do not require students to complete additional hours of coursework beyond what non-honor students complete. Students will select Honors courses in consultation with their Honors advisor.

Honors courses are designed to be participatory and to encourage student involvement. Some are honors versions of regular general education courses. Others are courses designed specifically for Honors students; many of these are also interdisciplinary. Honors courses are taught in much smaller sections than their conventional counterparts and offer students the opportunity to participate consistently, to explore the subject matter more deeply, and to work on group projects, do hands-on work, and even to conduct research. 

In addition to Honors general education courses, entering first-year students will also be required to complete four Universal Honors Experience Courses in their first four semesters. These “mini-courses” (0- or 1-credit hour courses) are intended to introduce Honors students to the university and to one another, to promote involvement in CSU and the local community, and to give Honors students the opportunity to work and play with Program participants from other disciplines and other cohorts. In their first semester, all Honors students must take HON 101 – Introduction to Honors.  After that, they can choose from a range of options.

students entering as college juniors and mandel continuing scholars

The honors course for students entering the honors program as college juniors and Mandel Continuing Scholars will be tailored to the requirements of each student's chosen major(s) and specific goals. Junior and senior honors students' courses will be selected through consultation with faculty members in their major(s).

Students entering the honors program as college juniors and Mandel Continuing Scholars will have the opportunity to do additional honors work under faculty supervision in established courses, enroll in graduate courses, participate in a faculty member's research project or laboratory, do an independent research project, a service learning project, and/or an internship, job, or engage in a co-op experience. In some departments, students will also be encouraged to attend professional meetings. Each semester there will be regular honors colloquia that will cover topics spanning the academic disciplines.

Students entering the honors program as college juniors and Mandel Continuing Scholars will also participate in a Universal Honors Experience Courses each semester. Following are the Honors Program requirements for particular majors: