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Old Curriculum (Catalog year 2018-19 and before)

An Accelerated Core Curriculum for Honors College Students

Students whose current catalog year is 2018-2019 or earlier will use the old curriculum, unless they change their catalog year. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with both an Honors College advisor and their major advisor prior to changing their catalog years, since you may not change back. For most students, changing the catalog year will not increase the number of classes a student is required to take to graduate, but it may for some students depending on their particular circumstances.

This page is a reference page for students who are still using older catalogs so that they know which courses they need to take to complete the Honors College curriculum. Where possible, this page incorporates the substitutions that are being honored to facilitate the transition to the new curriculum. 

To complete the old Honors College Curriculum, students must fulfill requirements in Research Methods (Requirement I), Honors Seminars (Requirement II), and Advanced Topics (Requirement III). Students must also complete a math requirement, as well as science and foreign language requirements for their degree. Some majors do not have foreign language requirements.

Requirement I (Research Methods)

Foundations of Research 

  • HNRS 110 Research Methods (Fall/4 Credits);
  • Or, HNRS 302 Research Methods II (Fall/3 credits; formerly HNRS 210);
  • Or both HNRS 108 Introduction to Research Methods I (Fall/3 Credits) and HNRS 109 Introduction to Research Methods II (Spring/3 Credits)

Upper division Multidisciplinary Research or Practicum

  • HNRS 360 Multidisciplinary Topics (3 Credits); 
  • Or, HNRS 361 Multidisciplinary Practicum (3 credits);
  • Or, HNRS 353 Technology in the Contemporary World (3 credits). 
  • Alternatively, some students who took HNRS 312 Research in the Public Sphere; HNRS 330 Research, Technology, and Online, Community; HNRS 410 Thesis Preparation: Multidisciplinary Research and Creative Projects Seminar; HNRS 411 Thesis: Multidisciplinary Research and Creative Projects Seminar; or HNRS 430 Multidisciplinary Challenges in Professional Environments in Spring 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019 may be able to count these classes for this requirement, if they took the course for 3 credits. See your Honors College advisor if you think this may apply to you.

 

Requirement 2 (Honors Seminars)
  • HNRS 122 Reading the Arts (3 Credits)
  • And, HNRS 131 Contemporary Society in Multiple Perspectives (3 Credits) Now known as "Contemporary Social Issues"
  • And, HNRS 240 Reading the Past (3 Credits)

Under some conditions, students may be able to use HNRS 230 Cross-cultural Perspectives (3 credits), HNRS 260 Society and Community Engagement (3 credits), or HNRS 261 Community Connection Practicum (3 credits) to fill the requirements filled by HNRS 131. See your Honors College advisor to find out if this might work work for you.

Requirement 3 (Advanced Topics)

At least two advanced topics courses are required for graduation.

HNRS 130 Conceptions of Self (Philosophy/Religion) (3 Credits), if not taken to satisfy Requirement II.  Now known as "Identity, Community, and Difference"
HNRS 131 Contemporary Society in Multiple Perspectives (3 Credits), if not taken to satisfy Requirement II. Now known as "Contemporary Social Issues"
HNRS 230 Cross-Cultural Perspectives (Social Science with a Non-Western Perspective) (3 Credits), if not used to satisfy Requirement II
HNRS 260 Society and Community Engagement (3 Credits), if not used to satisfy Requirement II
HNRS 261 Community Connection Practicum (3 Credits), if not used to satisfy Requirement II
HNRS 312 Research in the Public Sphere (0-3 Credits), if not used to satisfy Requirement I
HNRS 330 Research, Technology, and Online Community (0-3 Credits), if not used to satisfy Requirement I
HNRS 360 Multidisciplinary Topics (3 Credits), if not used to satisfy Requirement I
HNRS 361 Multidisciplinary Practicum (3 Credits), if not used to satisfy Requirement I
HNRS 410 Thesis Proposal: Multidisciplinary Research and Creative Projects Seminar (0-3 Credits), if not used to satisfy Requirement I
HNRS 411 Honors thesis: Multidisciplinary Research and Creative Projects Seminar (0-3 Credits), if not used to satisfy Requirement I
HNRS 430 Multidisciplinary Challenges in Professional Environments (0-3 Credits), if not used to satisfy Requirement I

There are also a range of disciplinary classes that an be used to count towards Requirement 3,

BIOL 213H Cell Structure and Function (Honors section only) (4 Credits)
BIOL 214H Biostatistics for Biology Majors (Honors section only) (4 Credits)
BIOL 308H Foundations of Ecology and Evolution (Honors section only) (5 Credits)
BIOL 311H General Genetics (Honors section only) (4 Credits)
BIOL 314 Introduction to Research Design and Analysis (4 Credits)
BIOL 493 Honors Research in Biology (1-2 Credits)
BUS 100H Honors Business and Society (Honors section only) (3 Credits)
BUS 200H Honors Global Environment of Business (Honors section only) (3 Credits)
CHEM 211H: General Chemistry I (Honors section only) (3 Credits)
CHEM 212H: General Chemistry II (Honors Section only) (3 Credits)
CS 211H: Object-Oriented Programming (Honors Section only) (3 Credits)
CS 390: Research and Project Design Principles in Computing (3 Credits)
ECON 103H: Contemporary Microeconomic Principles (Honors section only) (3 Credits)
ENGR 107H: Introduction to Engineering (Honors section only) (2 Credits)
GLOA 101H: Introduction to Global Affairs (Honors section only) (3 Credits)
HHS 492: Internship in Clinical Research (3 Credits)
MATH 116: Analytic Geometry and Calculus II (Honors) (4 Credits)
MATH 215: Analytic Geometry and Calculus III (Honors) (3 Credits)
MATH 216: Theory of Differential Equations (3 Credits)
PHYS 160H University Physics I (Honors section only) (3 Credits)
PHYS 260H University Physics II (Honors section only) (3 Credits)
STAT 250H Introductory Statistics I (Honors section only) (4 Credits)
STAT 350H Introductory Statistics II (Honors section only) (3 Credits)
UNIV 495 Undergraduate Research Scholars Program Seminar (0-3 Credits)
 

Science

The Honors College science requirement mirrors the science requirement of a student’s college and major. Please see the sample schedule for your major for further details on the science courses that will be best for you.

 

Math

Each Honors College student must take or have transfer credit for one or more approved math courses, depending on major, to satisfy the quantitative reasoning requirement.

The only courses that satisfy this requirement for the Honors College are:

HNRT 125 A Liberal Arts Approach to Calculus. Now known as "Applied Quantitative Reasoning"
HNRT 225 Applied Calculus
MATH 108 Introductory Calculus with Business Applications
MATH 110 Introductory Probability
MATH 111 Linear Mathematical Modeling 
MATH 113 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
MATH 115 Honors Analytic Geometry and Calculus I

MATH 124 Calculus with Algebra/Trigonometry, Part B
MATH 125 Discrete Math I

STAT 250 Introductory Statistics I
SOCI 313 Statistics for Behavioral Sciences