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Course Requirements

Freshman year (6 Credits):

  • HON 101: Honors Colloquium I (3 credits)
  • HON 102: Honors Colloquium II (3 credits)

Sophomore year (6 Credits):

  • HON 201: Honors Colloquium III (3 credits)
  • HON 202: Honors Practicum (3 credits)

Junior and senior year (9 Credits)

  • HON 470: Honors Seminar (3 credits)

And 6 credits from the following:

  • Honors electives (300-level courses open to sophomores, juniors and seniors)
  • Semester or year abroad (exempts 3 honors credits)
  • Departmental honors paper (exempts 3 honors credits)
  • HON 499: Honors Thesis (3 credits)
  • Students may take HON 470 a second time under a different topic

Foreign Language requirement

By graduation, students in the honors program must successfully complete (or exempt by exam) a 104-level course in a foreign language.

Grade Point Average (GPA) requirements

To continue in the honors program, students must maintain the following overall cumulative grade point average:

  • 3.0 by the end of the first year
  • 3.25 by the end of the sophomore year
  • 3.25 by the end of the junior year
  • 3.25 to graduate from the honors program

Relationship of honors to core curriculum requirements

Students who successfully complete the first two years of the honors program (HON 101, 102, 201, 202) may exempt any three courses (except lab science) from the Methods of Inquiry section of the core. Those who enter the program as sophomores and complete HON 201-202 may exempt one Methods of Inquiry core course (other than lab science). Completing HON 201 satisfies the Global Perspectives core requirement.

Requirements for transfer students

Students who transfer into Hood and join the honors program in their sophomore year or later, without having completed two years in an honors program at another college, must take a minimum of 14 credits in honors program courses. Students who transfer into Hood after completing two years of another honors program must take a minimum of 9 credits in honors program courses. Full information on honors program offerings and requirements is found in the College catalog, which is the final authority on the program’s regulations.