Completion of the Core Curriculum with Honors
Work for Honors allows students who are willing to commit extra time and effort to achieving a higher level of command of the material and techniques addressed in Core to conduct in-depth research in an area that interests them.
This research is usually conducted during a student’s junior year. Students begin by consulting with a Core faculty advisor. Together they discuss a particular project and a schedule for completion as well as complete the application for Core Honors. Applications are due no later than the first week of classes in the semester when students intend to undertake their honors paper or project.
Completion of the Core Curriculum with Honors requires achieving a grade of B+ or better in all eight Core courses (or, for STEM majors who do not take CC 111/212, all six Core humanities and social science courses) plus one of the following:
- A course taken outside of (but relevant to) the Core program and a substantial paper or project that relates material in that course to the Core program. The paper/project must be defended in front of a committee of at least three faculty from Core and the other course.
- The composition and defense of a substantial paper or project on a subject that bridges at least two particular Core courses. The paper/project must be defended in front of at least three relevant faculty from Core.
Students who successfully complete and defend their honors paper will earn the following notation on their transcript: “Completed the Interdisciplinary Core Curriculum in Arts and Sciences, with Honors”.