Williams Honors College Curriculum
Our curriculum is designed to inspire and challenge.
To complete your studies and graduate as a University Honors Scholar, you will:
- Select a major
- Follow the Honors Colloquium
- Complete the Honors distribution
- 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.
University Honors Scholar requirements
As an Honors student, your program of study will include unique opportunities. To graduate as a University Honors Scholar, you should:
- Earn the credit hours required for the baccalaureate degree with a cumulative gpa of at least 3.40. Your progress toward your objective 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)
- In lieu of the General Studies requirements (except for Physical Education), you complete the Honors Distribution requirement pertaining to four groups of disciplines and physical education.
- In addition to satisfying the regular honors distribution requirement above, you complete the three Honors Colloquia courses.
- You complete your departmental, divisional, or interdisciplinary major requirements.
- 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.
- You complete an Honors Research Project, i.e., an Honors Thesis or an original or creative work appropriate to your area of interest and meeting high standards of scholarship. Study abroad or field experience may be recognized as part of that project. Departmental and Collegiate requirements may include a qualifying examination or research skills course before you proceed to an Honors Research Project.
When you complete the requirements to become a University Honors Scholar, this will be noted on your transcript and diploma, and you will be appropriately recognized as University Honors Scholars at the graduation ceremony.