Williams Honors College curriculum
Our curriculum is designed to inspire and challenge
To complete your studies and graduate as a Williams Honors Scholar, you will:
- Select a major
- Follow the Honors distribution
- Complete the Honors Colloquia
- Create an Honors research project
Advisers will help you stay on track, and you will often work directly with a faculty member on your research project.
Williams Honors Scholar
A distinguishing achievement
As a student in the Williams Honors College, your program of study will include unique opportunities that will provide you with a distinguished recognition of your achievements. Students completing the requirements to become a Williams Honors Scholar shall have this noted on their transcripts and diplomas, and they shall be appropriately recognized as Williams Honors Scholars at the graduation ceremony. To graduate as a Williams Honors Scholar, you must
- satisfy the requirements of your baccalaureate degree with a commencement GPA of at least 3.40. Your progress may be accelerated by
- Credit by examination
- Credit awarded for satisfactory achievement (as defined by present University policies) on high school advanced placement tests and various other achievement tests (e.g. CLEP)
- complete the Honors Distribution requirements, satisfying the four groups of disciplines and physical education. This is in lieu of the university's General Education requirements;
- complete three Honors Colloquia courses, one in each of the areas of Humanities, Social Science, and Natural Science;
- complete an Honors Research Project, i.e., a Honors thesis, or an original or creative work appropriate to the student's area of interest and meeting high standards of scholarship. The student must be awarded a grade of B or above to satisfactorily meet this criteria. Research performed through an external experience (e.g., a study abroad program or through field experience) may be used in part as a basis for the project.
Although each Honors student will be encouraged to become proficient in a language other than English, the foreign language is mandatory only if required of all students in the student's major department or division. In addition, study abroad experience is encouraged but not mandatory to graduate as a Williams Honors Scholar.
Honors Grade-Point Average (GPA) Requirements
- Graduation GPA Requirement: 3.40 commencement GPA
Note that the commencement GPA is determined after ALL final grades have been reported on the academic record. All graded courses, including repeated and reassessed courses, are including in the calculation of the commencement GPA. Students that do not meet the GPA requirement but complete all other Honors College requirements will still be welcomed at the Williams Honors College Graduation Recognition ceremony. Although they will not graduate as Williams Honors Scholars, they will be recognized as “completing all Honors requirements”.
- Students must receive a grade of B or higher in their colloquium courses as well as their Honors Research Project to graduate as a Williams Honors Scholar.
- To remain in Good Standing and to retain the Honors scholarship:
- Spring of Year 1: 3.25 cumulative GPA
- Spring of Year 2: 3.30 cumulative GPA
- Spring of Year 3+: 3.40 cumulative GPA
Note that only the grade for the most recent attempt at a course will be used in the calculation of the cumulative GPA. These requirements are determined from approximately the 60th percentile of the given class and have been developed to ensure good progress toward the graduation GPA requirement.
The GPA is checked only at the end of the Spring semester, and the student is given one probationary year to meet the GPA requirement to remain in Good Standing, provided his/her GPA is 3.00 or greater. Any student whose GPA falls below 3.00 will be dismissed from the Honors College without probation.