The Honors Distribution

While your major will provide you with in-depth education in a particular field, your honors experience will also ensure that your education has breadth. Honors students are exempt from general education requirements for undergraduates. Instead, honors students complete the Honors Distribution, which asks you to select courses from each of the following groups:

Humanities (Group I) Social Science (Group III)
English and Arts (Group II) Mathematics and Natural Science (Group IV)

To maximize your opportunities and capitalize on your developing interests, it is recommended that you spread these courses among the four or five years of your program here, rather than take them all at once. When a course you have selected for your distribution requirement is available as an honors section, you are required to take that section. In addition, any course can be turned into a “Honors Section” through an approved Credit By Contract form.

Credits earned by Advanced Placement (AP) test scores, transfer credits, bypass credits, and credits earned while in high school through Ohio's CCP program may be used to satisfy parts of the distribution requirement. However, at least one “traditional” college class must be completed in each of the 4 groups; therefore, credit obtained through, for example, AP, bypassed, CLEP, IB courses, cannot totally fulfill any one Honors Distribution group. Note that CCP courses are traditional college courses, even if they are taken while the student is in high school.

For Students Entering UA Fall 2018 or Later

Students in the Williams Honors College are required to take 25 semester credits according to the following distribution:

Humanities (Group I) 6 credit hours
English and Arts (Group II) 6 credit hours
Social Science (Group III) 6 credit hours
Mathematics and Natural Science (Group IV) 7 credit hours

Students must enroll in 17 credit hours of coursework designated as “Honors Sections”.

For Students Entering UA Prior to Fall 2018

Students in the Williams Honors College that entered prior to Fall 2018 are required to take 38 semester credits according to the following distribution:

Humanities (Group I) 6 credit hours
English and Arts (Group II) 9 credit hours
Social Science (Group III) 6 credit hours
Mathematics and Natural Science (Group IV) 9 credit hours

38 or more total credits are required – that is, at least 8 credit hours in addition to the minimums required in each of the above groups.

Forms

  • Honors Distribution (entering Fall 2018 or later): Download
  • Honors Distribution (entering prior to Fall 2018): Download
  • Transient Permission (for courses being applied to the Honors Distribution): Download
  • Hoonors Credit By Contract: Download

Honors Distribution Summary

Humanities

  • 6 or more credits in courses offered in these departments:
    2040:254
    2040:257
    2040:258
    Black Experience
    3001 Woman's Studies
    3002 Pan-African Studies
    3200 Classical Studies
    3230:251 Human Diversity
    3240 Archaeology
    3400 History
    3400 Humanities in the Western Tradition
    3400:285-291 World Civilizations
    3510 Latin
    3600 Philosophy
    7100:100
    7100:101
    Survey of History of Art I & II
    7500:351
    7500:352
    Music History I & II

Note: The same Archaeology or Human Diversity course cannot be used in both Group I and Group III.

Language Arts

  • 3 credits of English at a level of 3300:112 or higher, or 3 credits Technical Report Writing (2020:222), and
  • 3 additional credits in courses offered in any of the other departments:
    3500 Modern Language (Arabic, Chinese, Japanese)
    3520 French
    3530 German
    3550 Italian
    3570 Russian
    3580 Spanish
    7100 Art
    7500 Music
    7520 Applied Music Lessons
    7600 Communication
    7700 Sign Language
    7800 Theatre
    7900 Dance

Note:

  • 3500 – Modern Languages: Courses must be at an appropriate level as determined by previous courses taken, UA placement tests, Advanced Placement scores, or interview. Beginners should take at least two semesters in order to obtain some useful proficiency.
  • 7500 – Music: Courses within 7510, Music Organizations, are not included. Private music lessons, 7520, are included.
  • 7600:106 – Effective Oral Communication: not accepted for Honors Distribution credit. Instead, 7600:105 Introduction to Public Speaking-Honors is permissible, but not regular sections of that course.
  • 7700 – Sign Language: At least two semesters should be completed.

Social Science

  • 6 or more credits in courses offered in these departments:
    2040:240 Human Relations
    2040:242 American Urban Society
    2040:256 Diversity in American Society
    3230 Anthropology
    3240 Archaeology
    3250 Economics
    3350 Geography and Planning
    3700 Political Science
    3750 Psychology
    3850 Sociology

Note: The same Archaeology or Human Diversity course cannot be used in both Group I and Group III.

Mathematics and Natural Science

  • 3 credits in Mathematics, Computer Science, or Statistics, and
  • 4 or more credits in Natural Science lab courses, offered in these departments:
    3010 Environmental Science
    3100 Biology
    3150 Chemistry
    3230:151 Human Evolution
    3370 Geology
    3450 Mathematics (135 or higher)
    3270 Statistics
    3460 Computer Science
    3650 Physics

Note:

  • A science lab is required.
  • 3450 – Mathematics: You may select 3450:135, 140, 145, or a higher course.
  • 3460 – Computer Science: These course are not included: 3460:125, 126, 127.
  • 3100 – Biology: Two-semester sequence with laboratory is recommended.
  • 3150 – Chemistry: Two-semester sequence with laboratory is recommended.