Sean H. McDowell, PhD
Director, University Honors Program
Associate Professor, English, Film Studies
Building: Casey 232
Assistant to the Director
University Honors Program
“If I’m an Honors student, do I still have to take the Core Curriculum?”
No, you don’t. University Honors is an alternative to the Core, not a version of the Core. The only non-major course requirements you have to satisfy outside of Honors are a course in quantitative reasoning and a course in the natural sciences. Often, many Honors students come to the university with these required courses fulfilled through AP courses they took in high school.
“Can I start on my major course work right away, or do I have to wait until after the Honors program is over?”
You can start on your major as a freshman in addition to your Honors courses. Because each Honors seminar is only four credits, you can enroll in one class each quarter outside the program for each of the first five quarters and two courses in the sixth quarter. This way, you can begin coursework in major(s), complete a foreign language requirement, or explore other subjects outside of Honors during your freshman and sophomore years.
“Can I double major as an Honors student?”
Of course. In fact, the majority of our Honors students routinely double-major in a variety of subject areas. And they major in a variety of areas.
“Is there an Honors scholarship?”
Yes. Every student in the program receives a scholarship for not just the first two years but for the four years of a student’s undergraduate education. This scholarship is awarded in addition to whatever other scholarships may be a part of a student’s financial aid package.
"What is the difference between University Honors and Core Honors?"
The differences are detailed in the Honors Options brochure.