Courses - Minor in Honors Studies

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First Year Leadership Community and Institute Experience

Build your foundational knowledge through coursework in writing, science, and mathematics. Begin to develop a professional online presence with an ePortfolio through the HNRS 101 Honors Leadership Community. Sharpen your leadership skills in the HNRS 2160 Scholars Development Seminar.



Develop your understanding of the social and political landscape through philosophy, social science, and political science. Hone your presentation skills in a communications course. Take an in-depth look at a special topic in interdisciplinary Honors Seminars and Topics. Begin advanced honors coursework in desired concentration or minor through Petition for Honors Credit.


Seminars and Topics

Conduct undergraduate research under a faculty mentor through the Office of Undergraduate Research, McNair, or through your department. Continue to focus on advanced coursework through Honors Seminars and Topics, Petition for Honors Credit, and Contracts. Serve your community through the Stepping Up Civic Leadership Program.


Thesis or Capstone / HIEP 

Finish advanced course work through Honors Contracts in your desired concentration or minor area. Feature your work and accomplishments with a capstone/HIEP presentation at Honors Scholars Day.

61 available hours total =
42 hrs. for major + 19 hrs. for minor/concentration 


Minor in Honors Studies Course Schedule

Year One - Fall Semester

HNRS 101 (Honors Leadership Community) = 0 credits

HNRS 2160 (Honors Scholars Development Seminar)1 credit 


All credit hours earned for the minor will count toward the minor only.

For courses that do not have an honors section, you must complete a Petition for Honors Credit or an Honors Contract to receive honors credit for the course.

Honors Seminars and Topics are available on an as-needed basis. 

Below courses can be taken as a cohort OR when student schedules allow:

POLS 4362 (Minority Politics) or POLS 4322 (Int’l Law and Institutions) = 3 credits
Note: Political Science Majors must take courses outside of major degree requirements.
May substitute an English or History course above if no other courses are available.
PHIL 2306 (Honors Ethics) = 3 credits  
*ENGL 1301 is a prerequisite
Total Student Credit Hours: 19 credits  


Honors (1 credit for 2160; both required)

HNRS 101 – Honors Leadership Community

Honors Leadership Community (HLC) is required for all honors students in the first semester taking honors classes in the Reaud Honors College. Community requires the development of academic and personal goals, a research agenda and / or course of study, becoming a differentiated leader, and assembling an ePortfolio. Serves as a foundation / orientation to honors and to the honors community of learners.


HNRS 2160 – Scholars Development Seminar

Honors Scholars Development Seminar is designated for Reaud Leadership Institute / Minor in Honors Studies students only. Foundations of leadership, research and scholar development, and opportunities to explore the minor in honor studies and a host of leadership experiences will be developed. Leadership to influence and volunteer events will be part of the Institute requirements. Only students who declare the minor in Honors Studies will be able to enroll in this seminar.


*ENGL 1301 – Composition (prerequisite to some courses; take only if needed)

Basic forms of expository writing. Frequent themes. Collateral reading in articles and essays of a factual and informative type. This course is prerequisite to ENGL 1302 and 1374. (Note: ENGL 1301 and one other course from ENGL 1302 or 1374 will satisfy the general degree requirement in composition. A student may receive credit for only one such course in a semester.)


Statistics (3 credits required, choose one below)

PSYC 2317 (Honors section) – Introduction to Statistical Methods

Statistical concepts and techniques used in behavioral science research. Topics include graphs, measure of position, central tendence, and dispersion, correlation and regression, probability, tests of significance and basic non-parametric techniques. Prerequisite: Math 1314 (or a higher-level MATH course) with a minimum grade of a C.


Math 3370 or higher – Introduction to the Theory of Statistical Inference

An introduction to calculus-based statistics and probability. Students will study special probability distributions, nature of statistical methods, sampling theory, estimation and testing hypotheses. Prerequisite: Math 2414.


English (3 credits required, choose one below)

ENGL 2331 – World Literature *ENGL 1301

Six-to-ten major monuments of world literature, from classical antiquity to the present century. Prerequisite: ENGL 1301 and either ENGL 1302 or 1374; or ENGL 1360 and 1361.


ENG 3330 – World Literature Before 1600 *ENGL 1301

Survey of major works of world literature to 1600. Includes works from a variety of wester and non-western culture in a variety of genres. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Freshman Composition (6 hours) and Sophomore Literature (3 hours) core curriculum components required for enrollment in all 3000-4000-level courses.


ENGL 3332 – World Literature After 1600

Survey of major works of world literature since 1600. Includes works from a variety of wester and non-western cultures in a variety of genres. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Freshman Composition (6 hours) and Sophomore Literature (3 hours) core curriculum components required for enrollment in all 3000-level to 4000-level courses.


History (3 credits required, choose one below)

HIST 2321 – World History I

Survey of World History to 1600.


HIST 2322 – World History II

Survey of World History from 1600.

Political Science

Political Science (3 credits from each section below = 6 credits required)

For political science majors, all 4 courses may be taken to satisfy major and minor requirements.

POLS 3330 – Introduction to Comparative Politics

Provides a general survey of the field of comparative politics.


POLS 3320 – International Politics

The concepts underlying the Western State system; nationalism and imperialism; the techniques and instruments of power politics and the foreign policies of selected states.


POLS 4322 – International Law and Institutions

This course introduces you to the study of race/ethnicity in the United States and specifically examines the role of race/ethnicity in American politics. This course will use a significant amount of current events and cross disciplinary approaches to understand the concepts of race and identity.


POLS 4362 - Minority Politics (Special Topics)

Explores the political, legal, and institutional foundations of the modern international system including the United Nations. Emphases include peaceful settlements of international disputes and global institutional systems.

Note: Political Science Majors must take courses outside of major degree requirements to count for minor. Students may substitute English, Sociology, or History course above if no other courses are available to take.


Philosophy (3 credits required)

PHIL 2306 – Ethics (Honors section) * ENGL 1301

A historical examination of theories and principles of social and personal conduct ranging from Plato and Aristotle to Mill and Nietzsche. Applications to current issues. Prerequisite: ENGL 1301.

Minor in Honors Studies

Total Student Credit Hours: 19 credits



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