To earn the Wood Honors College designation, students complete at least 36 Honors credits, distributed as follows. Students who enter the college with more than 12 AP or transfer credits may qualify to have their Honors curricular requirements reduced, based on consultation with the Honors director.
1. Eight Honors general education courses, 24 credits: The Wood Honors College offers a variety of Honors courses in general education each semester. Most Honors courses correspond to regularly offered general education courses. For example, HON 122: Honors World History I is equivalent to HIS 105: World History I. Honors courses that don't correspond to regular general education courses can still fulfill general education requirements. The general education categories that Honors courses fulfill are posted on the Honors course offerings page.
2. Three Honors Seminars, 9 credits: Honors seminars are explorations of unique topics designed to demonstrate the interconnectedness of academic disciplines and promote interdisciplinary analysis and problem-solving. The small, interactive seminars also provide opportunities for students to engage in collaborative research and service-learning projects. Seminar topics have included "The Politics of Food," "Water and Sustainability," "Historical Interactions Between Science and Religion," and "Leadership, History, and Social Change."
Some seminars, including Honors Business and Society and Honors Introduction to Exceptionalities, meet core requirements for business and education majors, respectively, and students may occasionally be able to count other seminars toward the completion of their major requirements. Students may begin taking Honors seminars in their sophomore year. Students who study abroad or complete undergraduate research, creative, or service-learning projects beyond the Honors capstone requirement may petition to substitute this experience for one or more of their Honors seminars.
3. Honors Capstone Project, 3 credits: The culmination of your Wood Honors College experience is your Honors capstone project. The Honors capstone project is a major independent or collaborative research, creative, or service-learning project. Students usually complete their capstone projects during their senior year and present their projects at the Honors Symposium at the end of their senior year. Please review the Honors Capstone Project Handbook carefully for specific guidelines for completing your capstone project.
These curricular requirements are summarized in the advising worksheets found on the Forms page of the Honors website.