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Honors Courses & Credits

All of the following honors credits must be completed in order to graduate from the Honors Program.  Web registration is not available for these courses.   

HONR 201 GREAT BOOKS FOUNDATION I, 3 semester hours
HONR 201 and 202 trace the development of Western culture and civilization as it is seen in the Great Books that are representative of their time and place. HONR 201 begins with the Old Testament (c. 1400-300 BC) and ends with the writings of Plato (c. 427-347 BC). This course will fulfill the general education requirement for English Common Content (Learning Outcomes #9, 14, 18, 20) and will substitute ENGL 101 for students accepted into the Honor's Program.

Offered every fall
Prerequisites: Permission of the Honors Council

HONR 202 GREAT BOOKS FOUNDATION II, 3 semester hours
This course continues the content of Great Books from HONR 201. This course will fulfill the general education requirement for Creative Expression - Literature (Learning Outcomes #25, 26). 

Offered every spring
Prerequisites: HONR 201, Permission of the Honors Council

HONR 300 HONORS SERVICE PROJECT, 1 semester hour
A self-designed service project that involves at least 50 hours of community service where students share their time and talent in the service of others, on or off campus. This service project is to be an added component to a traditional class the student is simultaneously enrolled in. A faculty/staff mentor and the Honors Council will approve a project description that includes a discussion of how the project reflects Franciscan values.  A Learning Contract must be submitted prior to enrolling in this course. 

Offered every semester
Prerequisites: HONR 201, permission of the Honors Council

IDS 490 INDEPENDENT STUDY, 1 semester hour taken three times 
An added element of self-study to enrich a traditional class in which the student collaborates with a faculty/staff member. This course enhancement aims to help the student appreciate Franciscan intellectual tradition and extend the Honors Program into the student's major discipline. The IDS 490 credits must be taken in conjunction with a 3 or 4 credit hour course.  A Learning Contract must be completed for each enrichment credit. 

Offered every semester
Prerequisites: HONR 201, Junior or Senior status, permission of the Honors Council

HONR 400 HONORS PROJECT, 1 semester hour
A culminating project within a student’s discipline under the guidance of a faculty/staff member and addressed within the scope of Franciscan values. Students must register for this credit along with their Senior Capstone three credit hour course in their major. Students must give a public presentation of the results of their project.

Offered every semester
Prerequisites: HONR 201, Senior status, permission of the Honors Council.