Academic Standards & Requirements

The Honors Program Curriculum
Honors students enroll in designated sections of the university’s core curriculum and complete a minimum of 15 credits of Honors coursework (18 credits for students entering in 2018 or later). These credits may be fulfilled through the following courses:

  • HONR 100  Foundations of Honors*
  • HONR 101  Honors Scientific Investigations
  • HONR 102  Honors Challenges of Democracy*
  • HONR 103  Honors Human Behavior in Perspective*
  • HONR 104  Honors Literature, Philosophy, and the Examined Life*
  • HONR 105  Honors Aesthetics in Context: the Artistic Impulse
  • HONR 300  Community Engagement Seminar
  • HONR 400  Honors Capstone Seminar
  • WTNG 102-H Honors How Writing Works

* These courses are required for students entering in 2018 or later. For more detail, please refer to the University Honors Program section of the university catalog.

The Honors Community Engagement Experience
The University Honors Program prepares its students to be citizen-scholars through a reflective community engagement experience completed prior to the senior year.  Members of the University Honors Program bond with fellow Honors students and local and global communities through self-directed service projects, faculty-led service trips, alternative spring break, and/or course-based service projects.

The Honors commitment to service goes beyond volunteering. Students are asked to engage in critical service learning opportunities, working alongside members of the communities they serve. They reflect on the nature of their service and to seek to understand the complexities of service.

Engagement experiences must be pre-approved by the Honors Community Engagement Committee to count for program requirements.

The Honors Capstone Project
The Honors Capstone complements and enhances the student’s intellectual and/or creative scholarship at the end of his or her course of study at the university.  The Honors Capstone is based on a significant academic or creative project, such as a thesis or senior project in the major, or a major capstone course.  Students may pursue their capstone in their major, minor, or as an interdisciplinary project with approval of an identified faculty mentor. 

The Honors Capstone involves three components: the capstone project itself, a written critical reflection and a public oral presentation.  The written reflection supplements the student’s project or paper.  The oral presentation is typically completed at the RWU Student Academic Showcase (SASH).  The Honors Capstone is evaluated by designated faculty including the student’s capstone mentor and members of the Honors Advisory Council, as evidence of the student’s satisfactory completion of the Honors Program graduation requirements.

Academic Standards and Policies for the Honors Program
To remain in good standing with the program, an Honors Program student:

  • maintains a cumulative 3.3 gpa throughout their matriculation at the university
  • completes a minimum of 15-18 credits of Honors-designated courses
  • satisfies the Honors Community Engagement Experience prior to the senior year
  • fulfills the Honors Senior Capstone Requirements
  • attends Honors SASH presentations
  • engages in program service, activities, and events