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Academic Standards & Requirements

The Honors Core Curriculum
Honors students enroll in designated sections of the university’s core curriculum and complete a minimum of 15-credits in the Honors Core.  The 15-credits may be fulfilled through any combination of the following courses:

  • WTNG 102-H Expository Writing
  • CORE 101-H  Discoveries in Context
  • CORE 102-H  History and the Modern World
  • CORE 103-H  Perspectives on Human Behavior
  • CORE 104-H  Literature, Philosophy, and the Ascent of Ideas
  • CORE 105-H  Aesthetics in Context: The Artistic Impulse
  • CORE 400-level The Core Interdisciplinary Senior Seminar (CISS) with Honors

The Honors Community Engagement Experience
The University Honors Program prepares its students to be citizen-scholars through a reflective community engagement experience completed prior to the senior year.  Members of the University Honors Program bond with fellow Honors students and local and global communities through self-directed service projects, faculty-led service trips, alternative spring break, and/or course-based service projects.

The Honors commitment to service goes beyond volunteering. Students are asked to engage in critical service learning opportunities, working alongside members of the communities they serve. They reflect on the nature of their service and to seek to understand the complexities of service.

Engagement experiences must be pre-approved by Dr. Spritz to count for program requirements.

The Honors Capstone Project
The Honors Capstone complements and enhances the student’s intellectual and/or creative scholarship at the end of his or her course of study at the university.  The Honors Capstone is generally linked with another academic or creative project, such as a thesis or senior project in the major, or a major capstone course.  Students may pursue their capstone in their major, minor, or as an interdisciplinary project with approval of an identified faculty advisor and the relevant sponsoring departments. 

The Honors Capstone involves two components: a written critical reflection and a public oral defense.  The written reflection may be completed as an independent preface or conclusion, or may be incorporated into the student’s project or paper.  The oral defense is typically completed through a student symposium presentation at the RWU Student Academic Showcase (SASH).  Both components of the Honors Capstone are evaluated by designated faculty including the student’s primary capstone advisor and members of the Honors Advisory Council, as evidence of the student’s satisfactory completion of the Honors Program graduation requirements.

Academic Standards and Policies for the Honors Program
To remain in good standing with the program, an Honors Program student:

  • maintains a cumulative 3.3 gpa throughout her/his matriculation at the university
  • completes a minimum of 15 credits in the Honors Core Curriculum
  • satisfies the Honors Community Engagement Experience prior to the senior year
  • fulfills the Honors Senior Capstone Requirements
  • attends Honors SASH presentations
  • engages in program service, activities, and events