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Honors College

Academic Advising

 

Students should view the Honors College Good Standing Policy and Honors College Curriculum below to find complete details about how to stay in Good Standing and complete their Honors College Curriculum.

 

Curriculum

For students enrolled in Honors College in/after Fall 2014

Thesis Option   Non-Thesis Option   Honors in the Major  
HON 251 3 hrs HON 251 3 hrs    
Honors Lower-Division (*Must include 100 or 200-level Colonnade courses) 9 hrs Honors Lower-Division (*Must include 100 or 200-level Colonnade courses) 9 hrs    
Honors Elective(any level) 6 hrs Honors Elective(any level) 6 hrs Honors Elective(any level/major) 6 hrs
Honors Upper-Division Electives *HON 380, preferred 6 hrs Honors Upper-Division Electives *HON 380, preferred 6 hrs    
Honors Upper-Division in Major 3 hrs Honors Upper-Division in Major 9 hrs Honors Upper-Division in Major 9 hrs
Capstone Experience/ Thesis 6 hrs     Capstone Experience/Thesis 3 hrs
Total Hours 33 hrs Total Hours
33 hrs Total Hours 18 hrs

 

For students enrolled in Honors College in/after Fall 2012 and prior to Fall 2014

Thesis Option   Non-Thesis Option   Honors in the Major  
HON 251 3 hrs HON 251 3 hrs    
Honors General Education (Must be earned in at least three separate academic colleges other than the Honors College) 9 hrs Honors General Education (Must be earned in at least three separate academic colleges other than the Honors College) 9 hrs    
Honors Elective(any level) 6 hrs Honors Elective(any level) 6 hrs Honors Elective(any level/major) 6 hrs
Honors Upper-Division Electives *HON 380, preferred 6 hrs Honors Upper-Division Electives *HON 380, preferred 6 hrs    
Honors Upper-Division in Major 3 hrs Honors Upper-Division in Major 9 hrs Honors Upper-Division in Major 9 hrs
Capstone Experience/ Thesis 6 hrs     Capstone Experience/Thesis 3 hrs
Total Hours 33 hrs Total Hours
33 hrs Total Hours 18 hrs

 

For student enrolled in Honors College prior to Fall 2012

Thesis Option   Non-Thesis Option   Honors in the Major  
General Education
*Must include at least one course from three of the six general education categories (A, B, C, D, E or F).
9 hrs General Education
*Must include at least one course from three of the six general education categories (A, B, C, D, E or F).
9 hrs    
Colloquia (HON 251, 300, 301, 380)

3 hrs Colloquia (HON 251, 300, 301, 380)

3 hrs    
Honors Elective (any level/major) 6 hrs Honors Elective (any level/major) 6 hrs Honors Elective(any level/major) 6 hrs
Honors Upper-Division Electives 6 hrs Honors Upper-Division Electives 6 hrs    
Honors Upper-Division in Major 3 hrs Honors Upper-Division in Major 9 hrs Honors Upper-Division in Major 9 hrs
Capstone Experience/ Thesis 6 hrs     Capstone Experience/Thesis 3 hrs
Total Hours 33 hrs Total Hours
33 hrs Total Hours 18 hrs

 

Honors Curriculum Requirement Details

  • All students who enter WKU and the Honors College in the Fall of 2008 or later are automatically placed in the Honors College Curriculum (which requires a CE/T.)
  • If a student wants to declare the Honors Program curriculum (which does not require a CE/T), a formal declaration must be made before completing 90 credit hours. An appointment should be made with the Honors College Academic Advisor to make the declaration.
  • All students who entered WKU and the Honors College prior to the Fall of 2008 were automatically placed in the old Honors Curriculum which is a 24 hour model (not listed.)
  • Any student that is currently in the old Honors Curriculum can opt into the Honors College Curriculum or Honors Program Curriculum.
  • Contact the Honors Coordinator of Academic Advising and Retention at honors.advising@wku.edu to set up an appointment to switch tracks or obtain the requirements associated with the old Honors Curriculum.

 

Course Eligibility

  • Current Honors College students in good standing or newly admitted current or transfer students are eligible to take any course with an Honors designation.
  • WKU students who are not a part of the Honors College may still enroll in Honors courses with a minimum 3.2 cumulative college GPA or permission of the instructor.

 

Advising Tips and Reminders for Students

  • To be eligible to participate in priority registration, you must be in Good Standing and fulfill your academic advising requirement by the specified date.
  • When selecting Honors courses for each semester, keep in mind that it is easier to take more Honors courses in your first two years when you are taking WKU General Education courses and major or minor prerequisites.
  • Do not skip over taking a course with the mind set, “I’ll just take it next semester!” Not all Honors courses are offered every semester. There is always a chance that the professor who previously taught it won’t be here next semester or that the department will decide to start offering a different course instead.
  • Try to avoid taking an Honors Colloquium course in your first year. Also, avoid waiting until your last semester to take one. Our list of Honors Colloquia courses changes every semester, so it is easy to put off taking one until you find the “perfect” one. Waiting until the perfect Colloquium is offered, though, may not always coordinate with your schedule. Students on the Honors College Curriculum and Honors Program Curriculum tracks are required to take at least 3 hours of Honors Colloquia courses but can take up to 9 hours. Any hours taken over the 3 hour minimum will count towards the Honors Upper Division Electives curriculum requirement.
  • Consider augmenting if you cannot find an Honors course that fits into your schedule. Augmenting courses can be done as soon and as often as you feel it is necessary. Visit the augmentation contract page for more details.

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 Last Modified 9/25/14