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. Note that transfer courses and credit for exams such as AP, IB, and Cambridge International will still count toward your degree, but they cannot be used to replace HON courses.
Each HON course will be offered in multiple sections and/or
at different times each year.
HON 2000 (5)
Culture and Social Systems
HON 2100 (5)
Ethics and Critical Reasoning
HON 2200 (5)
History and Representation
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
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
ADVANCED HONORS ELECTIVES (10 credits required)
HON 3950 (5)
Honors Advanced Studies (repeatable to 10 credits total).
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
Honors Research Capstone (1-5, repeatable). 5 credits total required for graduation.
Includes participation in required Honors Research Symposium (oral and written presentation)
during spring quarter.
Any time during FIRST through FOURTH YEAR in Honors
WKFS—Ways of Knowing in the Fundamental Sciences (5) and
WKQR—Ways of Knowing in Quantitative Reasoning (5)
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 = 50
Honors co-major students must also satisfy all UFND (University Foundations) requirements (15)
in the General Education Curriculum, as well as foreign language, CUE (Cultural Understanding and Engagement) and W (Writing) requirements.
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.