Courses & Credits
Choose to help shape your curriculum in ways not possible in other academic units. Write a thesis; complete a creative project; explore a topic of interest with more depth and independence than in a typical class.
We are preparing exceptional students to perform in every imaginable sphere of life. We offer options and opportunities. The Honors curriculum is intended to be highly personal, and students work with an Honors advisor to meet their Honors College academic requirements.
Courses are an important component of the Honors College experience. The Honors College emphasizes small classes, generally limited to 20 students; seminars, interdisciplinary team-taught courses and other engaging learning experiences; and the development of critical reading, discussion, and writing skills. Honors College coursework is indicated on your transcript; however, it is not weighted any differently from non-honors courses. As such, anyone reviewing your transcript for graduate school, professional school, or employment will know that you have chosen to make your undergraduate experience unique.
Honors classes are designated in the following ways:
- Honors Prefix Courses: These courses are designated with an HONR prefix in the University Schedule of Classes and are typically conducted in a seminar format.
- Departmental Honors Courses: These courses carry the prefix of the department offering the course and designated as Honors sections in the University Schedule of Classes. These courses may be offered in the University's Kent Core (general education) requirements or in a student's major.
Other Ways to Earn Honors Credit
The following options are designed to provide students with the ability to pursue individualized learning experiences typically in conjunction with a faculty member.
Class Project Agreements
A Class Project Agreement (CPA) is an opportunity to enrich a non-Honors course. Students and faculty design a learning experience that will allow students to explore course content more in depth.
Individual Honors Work
Individual Honors Work (IHW) provides students an opportunity to complete independent study (1-4 credit hours) under the direction of a faculty member. The goal of this project is to provide students with an enriched educational experience in the major or other field of interest not typically covered in the standard curriculum.
The Honors College will count graded individual investigations in academic departments as Honors credits.
Senior Honors Portfolio
The Senior Portfolio is a graded one-credit-hour project which involves the collection of 8-10 artifacts from a student's undergraduate career accompanied by a reflective paper that explains how each artifact contributed to the student's intellectual and/or personal growth.
Senior Honors Thesis/Project
Under the guidance of a faculty advisor, students develop an individualized research, creative, or applied project tailored to their unique interests. Students who complete the Senior Honors Thesis/Project may graduate with Honors.
Study Away & Study Abroad
Students who participate in an approved study away experience may receive three credit hours of Honors work.