Honors Academics

SPU Honors


Course Sequence

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN HONORS LIBERAL ARTS (“co-degree”)

First year courses are taken together as a cohort, but students can begin the Honors co-major program in any academic year, accommodating transfers and current SPU students, and fostering equity and inclusion.

Each HON course will be offered in multiple sections and/or at different times each year.

FIRST YEAR in Honors

HON 2000 (5)
Culture and Social Systems

[CUE]

HON 2100 (5)
Ethics and Critical Reasoning

HON 2200 (5)
History and Representation

[CUE, W]

First three classes taken together in cohort.

SECOND or THIRD YEAR in Honors

HON 3000 (5)
Faith and Science

Two sections offered every year:

  • Physical Science
  • Neurobiology

HONORS MAJOR CORE COURSES

HONORS CORE COURSES OVERALL engage with:

“How is knowledge constructed — and by whom?”

“What, therefore, are the intellectual frameworks and practices of a scholar?”

HON 3200 (5)
Honors Research and Writing

[W]

HON 3950 (5)
HONORS ELECTIVE (10 credits required)

A range of current or new SPU courses can be listed or cross-listed as HON 3950, if approved, or petitioned for the forthcoming “H” designation. Study abroad or internship credits may also count as HON 3950 (5 credits max), as approved by the Honors Director.

All honors electives must be approved by the Honors Curriculum Committee and be:

  • Academically or intellectually ambitious, upper-division courses.
  • Interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary in approach.
  • Interrogative – that is, guided by inquiry and integrative learning.
  • Culturally engaged in way(s) best suited to the content of the course.

THIRD or FOURTH YEAR in Honors

HON 4899
Honors Research Capstone (1-5, repeatable). 5 credits total required for graduation.

[W]

Includes participation in required Honors Research Symposium (oral and written presentation) during spring quarter.

Also required for graduation:

Servant-leadership — with and for others — as an embodiment of the Christian narrative as well as a practice of engaged citizenship. Service is required of all honors students each year along with a self-reflection report posted annually.

TOTAL CREDITS = 40

Honors co-major students must also satisfy the WK/FS (5), WK/QR (5), and all UFND requirements (15) in the General Education Curriculum.

The Honors Project

The honors project is the culmination of all your work as a University Scholar. It is an original and independent research thesis under the direction of two faculty readers. For many students, the honors project is one of their proudest undergraduate academic achievements. For some, it also forms a key part of future graduate and professional school applications.

You will have plenty of opportunities to prepare along the way, both in your honors and major program coursework, as well as in HON 4899. In that Honors Capstone seminar you will join with your fellow honors seniors in preparing your project for presentation at the annual Honors Research Symposium.

See recent student projects.