University Honors Program


The following details the course sequence for completing the UHP curriculum:

Honors Discernment & Discourse Foundations

This two semester sequence of Honors seminars taken during the first year encourages students to confront profound ethical questions by considering history, literature, psychology, philosophy, and sociology. DISC 2305 & DISC/ENGL 2306 form the basis of the Honors education and must be completed by every UHP student, regardless of incoming credits.

Other Honors Course Requirements

In addition to the DISC 2305 and DISC/ENGL 2306 Honors students must complete four more designated Honors courses and an Honors Culminating Project.  This brings the Honors curriculum total to seven requirements.  Honors courses also satisfy University Curriculum requirements for Discernment and Discourse,  Ways of Knowing and Breadth and Depth courses.  All provide enriching and challenging intellectual experiences.

Honors Ways of Knowing

UHP students are encouraged to complete an Honors Ways of Knowing course. These courses, taught by multiple Honors professors, are designed to use interdisciplinary approaches to discuss complex subjects.

Honors Breadth and Depth Courses

Honors Breadth and Depth courses are special courses designed specifically for UHP students and change from semester to semester. These courses include small discussion-based classes, travel classes, and much more. See our course lists for a full list of courses.

Honors Culminating Project

To culminate the Honors academic experience, students must complete a defining project during their time as a student. This project can take many forms. To see some examples of approved projects and for more information, see our Honors Culminating Project page.

Study Abroad 

The UHP encourages students to broaden their academic experience with Study Abroad programs. Certain Study Abroad programs include courses that are designated as Honors and can fulfill UHP requirements. For information regarding obtaining Honors credit for non-Honors-designated Study Abroad courses or experiences, contact Dr. Doyle.

Students who maintain a 3.0 GPA in Honors courses and a 3.3 GPA overall receive the designation "Honors in the Liberal Arts" on their diplomas upon graduation to acknowledge their intellectual achievement.