These courses (such as EC 211H or RL 101H) are taught within departments. These courses are open to all students, although priority registration is given to honors students. Generally, these classes will be smaller in size than normal classes. They are more intensive in content, more sophisticated in expectations, and more focused on critical thinking and problem solving. These courses do not necessarily require more work; rather, they seek to expand, enrich, and enhance the student’s understanding of the subject.

See “Guidelines for Instructors of ‘H’ Courses” for more information about the process of teaching and learning in an honors course.

All Honors students are expected to complete a minimum of 6 “H” courses during the course of their college career.

There are typically around 25 “H” courses offered each semester.  These differ by semester and department, but a typical semester would consist of some combination of the following:

  • Art History: AH 101
  • Biology: BL 155; something at the 400 level
  • Chemistry: CH 151
  • Economics: EC 201
  • English: 1-2 courses at the 200 level; occasionally also a course at the 400 level
  • History: 1 or 2 courses at the 100 level; 1 course at the 200 level
  • Math: MT 135
  • Management: MN 325
  • Philosophy: PL 101; 1 course at the 200 level, 1 course at the 300 level
  • Political Science: always at least 1 course (often 2) at the 100 level
  • Psychology: PS 101 (usually 2 “H” sections); at least one at the 300 or 400 level
  • Sociology: SC 101
  • Theology & Religious Studies: TRS 101; at least one at the 200 or 300 level

Current JCU students wishing to apply to the Honors program should review this list of courses carefully and compare them against their remaining core and major requirements to ensure that they will be able to meet the 6-course minimum requirement. Students are encouraged to meet with the Director if they have questions.