Coursework Requirements

  • Complete HONRS 292R (1.0) or HONRS 120 (2.0) – Introduction to Great Questions.

    This course will serve as an introduction to Great Questions as the focal point of the Honors Program.  Because this class will not be offered until Fall 2014, students beginning the Honors Program during 2013-14 are encouraged to take HONRS 292R, which will be a “beta-test” version of HONRS 120.

    • Complete Honors Core Curriculum: UNIV 291, UNIV 292, and UNIV 293

      • These courses make up the core of the Honors curriculum and are interdisciplinary in nature. They will begin on a small scale, be carefully assessed, and if deemed satisfactory, may perhaps be offered more widely in the future.  For the present, the pairings are as listed below: 

            UNIV 291 - Biological Science with Letters 
            UNIV 292 - Physical Science with Global and Cultural Awareness 
            UNIV 293 - Social Science with Arts

        For any student each of these courses will satisfy GE credit in the two designated disciplines, and students are not obligated to take all 3.  Honors students, however, will take all 3, and together, these three courses constitute the core of Honors coursework, as well as a way for Honors students to complete all 6 GE disciplinary requirements.
    • WRTG 150, Advanced Math, and GE Foreign Language courses strongly recommended.

      • The new Honors Program no longer requires students to take an Honors First-Year Writing course, but we strongly recommend that all students—including those who fulfill the First-Year Writing Requirement with AP/IB credit—still take WRTG 150.   An internal study at BYU clearly demonstrated that students who take WRTG 150, especially AP/IB students, earn higher grades during their college career.

        The new Honors Program also no longer requires students to take advanced math and 2 foreign-language courses (in contrast to non-Honors students who satisfy the GE Languages of Learning Requirement” by taking either advanced math or the GE foreign-language requirement).  But again, we strongly recommend that Honors students take both advanced math and, ideally, foreign-language courses through 202 in the language of your choice.  Strong competency in writing, math, and language are signature features of a quality education and are increasingly important for service and personal success in a global, technologically advanced world.
    • Complete HONRS 320 (3.0) – Great Questions Tutorial.

      • During this course students will compose and submit a Great Question Essay.  Though students enrolled in this course may be asked to meet together on occasion, the bulk of students’ time will be spent researching and drafting the essay.  They will meet regularly with the course instructor who will advise the student, monitor his/her progress, and direct the student to consult with designated faculty who possess the appropriate expertise in the student’s choice of content areas. 

        The Great Question Essay is a substantial paper (15-20 pp.) that takes up a Great Question of the student’s choice, subject to approval by the Honors Program.  The student is expected to incorporate three different and sufficiently disparate disciplinary areas into the paper, but it is also appropriate and, indeed, expected that the student ground the paper in his/her home discipline.  This essay is not a second Honors Thesis; it is fundamentally different in that it broadens where the Honors Thesis tends to narrow a topic that interests the student.  But a Great Question Essay that more expansively engages a topic that will become the focus of the student’s thesis is welcome and in many, though perhaps not all, cases is encouraged.

        Students enroll in this course/write this essay after completion of the UNIV courses.  The essay is, in fact, something of a capstone to their Honors/GE coursework, whereas the Honors Thesis is the capstone to their major.