Course Information

Purpose of Honors Coursework

The Honors coursework (HONRS 120, UNIV 291/292/293/290R) is intentionally designed to give students a greater appreciation of the connectedness of the world in which we live. The mission of the BYU Honors Program is to “broaden and deepen the educational experience of students and faculty, and to develop the intellectual integrity and moral character that define disciple-scholarship, both for the individual and for the learning community.” As such, these courses will both broaden and deepen your education. They will expose you to viewpoints you had not previously considered on deep and abiding questions that define our lives, as these questions are posed by BYU faculty that study them.

HONRS 120 (2 credits)

Honors Intro: Great Questions

This class introduces students to the concept of Great Questions – that is, the overarching questions that drive our search for knowledge. What makes a question great? How to different disciplines make decisions and ask questions.  Honors approaches that “Questions, not answers, drive education.”

UNIV 291/292/293/290R (3 credits)

291: Unexpected Connections: Biology-Letters
292: Unexpected Connections: Physical Science-Global & Cultural Awareness
293: Unexpected Connections: Social Science-Art
290R: Unexpected Connections: Varies

The UNIV courses are designed to bring together two professors of different disciplines to teach about a single theme or question. Each one covers two university core requirements. The classes are based around challenging students to think open-mindedly and to overcome ingrained paradigms of thinking.

HONRS 320 (3 credits)

Great Questions Tutorial

HONRS 320 is the capstone to the Honors Program coursework, and provides group and individual instruction in researching and writing the “Great Question Essay.” This essay is multi-disciplinary in its approach to an approved “big or “great” question of the student’s choice. Students enrolled in the course will spend most of their time researching and drafting the essay, but will also meet regularly with the instructor and peers for consultation, advisement and direction. Course instruction focuses early in the semester on developing a great question proposal, the interdisciplinary approach, and understanding the essay genre and style of writing this requirement hopes to foster. The course is designed to facilitate completion of the essay over one semester and is offered during both Fall and Winter.

HONRS 499R (variable hours)

Honors Thesis

This class is optional to students who might need credtis for time spent on their honors thesis.