Aug 20, 2019  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Honors & Courses of Study


Honors & Other Courses of Study

 

 

Honors Program


For more information visit: https://sites.udel.edu/honors/

Honors Degree and Honors Degree with Distinction

The Honors Degree and the Honors Degree with Distinction are Delaware’s most comprehensive enriched undergraduate degree experiences, and are currently available in more than 120 majors (please see the Synopsis of Honors Baccalaureate Degrees chart). The Honors Degree recognizes a student’s excellent performance in Honors coursework in and outside the primary major. The Honors Degree with Distinction recognizes a student’s completion of the research requirements for the Degree with Distinction in addition to the successful pursuit of Honors coursework throughout the degree program.

The complete requirements for an Honors Baccalaureate Degree are as follows:

  1. The requirements for the baccalaureate degree in the major (including all University and college requirements), as well as any other specific requirements the major department may set for the Honors Degree.
  2. The general requirements for the Honors Degree:
    1. University of Delaware cumulative grade-point index of no less than a 3.400 at the time of graduation.
    2. At least 30 credits earned in Honors courses. Of these Honors credits:
      1. At least 12 must be in the major department or in closely related courses in collateral disciplines specifically required for the major.
      2. At least 12 must be taken at the 300-level or higher, not including the first-year interdisciplinary Honors colloquium (if numbered at the 300-level).
      3. Three credits must be in an Honors Degree seminar or Honors capstone course experience approved by the student’s major department and the University Honors Program, to be completed in the last two semesters of a student’s degree program.
      4. Plus additional Honors credits as needed to reach the 30 required Honors credits.
  3. Submission of the Honors Degree Candidate declaration web form required in the junior year (after 60 credits are earned).
  4. Typical Four-Year Plan:
1st Year
ENGL 110 - Seminar in Composition  
HONR 290 , HONR 291  or HONR 292  
Six credits of Honors Major, related work, or breadth.
2nd Year  
Six credits of Honors Major, related work, or breadth.
3rd Year    
Six credits of Honors 300-level Major, related work, or breadth.
4th Year
Three credits Honors 300-level or higher major, related work, or breadth OR UNIV 401  (for Honors Degree with Distinction)
Three credits approved Honors Degree capstone course OR UNIV 402  (for Honors Degree with Distinction)

A minimum grade of C- is required in Honors courses counting toward the Honors Degree. Honors coursework taken pass-fail cannot count for the Honors Degree unless the course is only offered pass-fail.

This plan is for those who are admitted to UD in the Honors Program and includes the requirements needed to earn the General Honors Award in the first 2 years. Students who enter Honors after the first year should check with the Honors Program about earning the Honors Degree. This plan represents the minimum number of credit to earn the HD/HDWD; many students complete more than the minimum. Individual departments set the 12 credit Honors major requirements and any additional requirements. These are specified under the Honors Degree Requirements in the Catalog under each Major offering an Honors Degree. Students must declare their intention to earn the Honors Degree in their junior year.

The complete requirements for an Honors Baccalaureate Degree with Distinction are as follows:

  1. The complete requirements for the Honors Baccalaureate Degree (see above).
  2. Six credits of Honors thesis or project (UNIV 401 /UNIV 402 ) and the successful oral presentation of an acceptable thesis or project to a committee of faculty approved by the major department, the Honors Program, and the Undergraduate Research Program.
    1. Six credits of Honors thesis may be counted as part of the 30 Honors credits required for the Honors Degree.
    2. Completion of any additional specifications for the thesis or project set by the major department.
  3. Typical Four-Year Plan:
1st Year
ENGL 110 - Seminar in Composition  
HONR 290 , HONR 291  or HONR 292  
Six credits of Honors Major, related work, or breadth.
2nd Year  
Six credits of Honors Major, related work, or breadth.
3rd Year    
Six credits of Honors 300-level Major, related work, or breadth.
4th Year
Three credits Honors 300-level or higher major, related work, or breadth OR UNIV 401  (for Honors Degree with Distinction)
Three credits approved Honors Degree capstone course OR UNIV 402  (for Honors Degree with Distinction)

A minimum grade of C- is required in Honors courses counting toward the Honors Degree with Distinction. Honors coursework taken pass-fail cannot count for the Honors Degree with Distinction unless the course is only offered pass-fail.

This plan is for those who are admitted to UD in the Honors Program and includes the requirements needed to earn the General Honors Award in the first 2 years. Students who enter Honors after the first year should check with the Honors Program about earning the Honors Degree. This plan represents the minimum number of credit to earn the HD/HDWD; many students complete more than the minimum. Individual departments set the 12 credit Honors major requirements and any additional requirements. These are specified under the Honors Degree Requirements in the Catalog under each Major offering an Honors Degree. Students must declare their intention to earn the Honors Degree in their junior year.

Interdisciplinary-Collegiate Honors

The Interdisciplinary-Collegiate Honors Course of Study provides interested students with an enriched degree option that is academically interdisciplinary with a greater co-curricular emphasis. The primary structure of this program is interdisciplinary coursework in the first 2 years, out of the classroom engagement in the third year, and a signature product in the final year, which might be an undergraduate thesis but might also take other forms.  Because of the interdisciplinary focus of this track, Honors Program students in any major at UD are eligible earn this new with University Honors option. However, due to the complexities of individual majors and programs, students should seek the advice of the Honors Program staff if they are interested in this option.

The complete requirements for a Interdisciplinary-Collegiate Honors Course of Study are as follows:

  1. The requirements for the baccalaureate degree in the major.
  2. The general requirements for the  :
  3. Typical Four-Year Plan:
Elements Flexibilities
Equip (1st Year)
ENGL 110 - Seminar in Composition   Honors students with room in their program could also take HONR 293 , HONR 294  or HONR 295   in the first year or could take 6 credits in Honors major courses.
HONR 290 , HONR 291  or HONR 292  
Major related Honors course (3 credit)  
Explore (2nd Year)  
HONR 310 - Exploration Seminar   Student need not take College Seminar in their home College.
HONR 293 , HONR 294  or HONR 295      
HONR 330 - Honors Inter-college Seminar: H&CC  or HONR 331 - Honors Inter-college Seminar: S&BS      
 
Planning Process (0 credit)  
Major related Honors course (3 credit)  
Engage (3rd Year)    
HONR 320 - Engagement Seminar   Co-curricular program is expected to be the equivalent of about 6 credits of effort (200 hours min.) and will be recorded on the student’s transcript through a milestone completion.
Co-curricular activities completed by end of junior year
Enact (4th Year)
HONR 410 - Signature Product  3 of the 6 credits may be an Honors version of Department’s Capstone course with Honors approval.
  UNIV 401 /UNIV 402  Honors thesis could also be substituted.

 A minimum grade of C- is required in Honors courses counting toward the Interdisciplinary-Collegiate Honors Course of Study. Honors coursework taken pass-fail cannot count for the Interdisciplinary-Collegiate Honors Course of Study unless the course is only offered pass-fail.

General Honors Award

The General Honors Award provides recognition of a student’s pursuit of Honors challenges and enrichment opportunities during the first two years of university study. Receipt of the General Honors Award is recorded on a student’s permanent transcript.

The complete requirements for the General Honors Award are as follows:

  1. Eighteen credits of Honors coursework completed within the first two years of study, with a minimum of 12 credits required in the first year.
  2. Three credits of the 12 credits completed in the first year must include an interdisciplinary Honors colloquium course.
  3. Three credits of the 12 credits completed in the first year must include an Honors ENGL 110  course.
  4. A minimum GPA of at least 3.30 at the conclusion of the first two years of study at the University.
  5. A minimum of 60 credits (including advanced placement and transfer credits) must be completed by the end of the second year, at least 54 of which must be earned at UD.
  6. Residence in first-year Honors housing is required during the first year of study.
  7. A minimum grade of C- is required in all Honors courses counting toward the General Honors Award.
  8. Honors coursework counting toward the General Honors Award cannot be taken on a pass-fail basis unless the course is only offered pass-fail.

Community Engagement Scholars Program

For more information visit: https://www.udel.edu/apply/undergraduate-admissions/enrichment-opportunities/community-engagement-scholars/

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