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  1. Registration
  2. General Education Credits (Gen Ed)
  3. Graduation Requirements
  4. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


We register students for their first Honors course - HNRS-200. More detail of the curriculum can be found on our AU Honors Curriculum page

Cohorts 2014-2016 Curriculum
Cohorts 2017-2019 Curriculum

Students work with their academic advisors to register for all non-Honors courses.

General Education Credits

Once students have successfully completed the AU Honors program, your General Education requirements will be considered fulfilled. Students who complete each course with a grade of C or better will satisfy the requirements for the General Education program.

If students are not able to complete all Honors courses, they will need to contact their academic advisor and the Honors Office to plan the remainder of their General Education requirements. 

Fall 2014 and Fall 2015 Cohorts
Students in the earlier cohorts (Fall 2014 and Fall 2015) may elect to apply this policy to any remaining General Education requirements that have not yet been fulfilled. These students should notify their academic advisor and complete the form below if they wish to substitute the Honors courses for any remaining General Education requirements. 

Letter of Intent - Honors General Education Credit

Note: Academic records will not reflect completion of the General Education requirements until after final grades have been posted for the Capstone course and academic advisors have updated each student's Degree Audit. 

Learn more about the requirements the General Education page

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete the following requirements in order to receive Honors notation on their transcript: 

  • Minimum 3.67 cumulative GPA
  • Overall B average in AU Honors courses

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the first Honors class?

The first- year fall course is HNRS-200 (Honors Inquiry I), Climate Change: Science, Politics, and Policy. This is a four (4) credit course which has a lab component. 

Which course Section of HNRS-200 should I take? 

Students can take any section of HNRS-200 as listed on the Schedule of Classes. All sections will meet together at the same time. 

Aside from HNRS-200, do I need to take anything else in the Fall of my first year?

Yes, students will need to take STAT-202 or STAT-203 as a prerequisite for HNRS-210, Burden of Proof. Students can satisfy this prerequisite requirement by meeting one of the following: AP Statistics Exam (score of 4 or 5) or SAT II Math Exam (score of 650). 

Do Honors courses count toward General Education credit? 

Yes, students who successfully complete all of the Honors courses will have met the spirit of the General Education program and will not have to take additional courses in order to graduate. 

Will I be able to study abroad while completing AU Honors? 

Students do have the opportunity to study abroad in their third and fourth years. The Research Module, Challenge and Capstone courses can be taken at any point during those years. Ideally, students would complete the Challenge Course while on campus. If a student's academic plan does not allow for study abroad to be completed in a different semester, then the option to complete the Challenge Course while abroad is available. Study abroad options while enrolled in the Challenge Course are limited therefore, students will need to work closely with the Study Abroad Office. 

Is there a minimum GPA requirement? 

No, there is no minimum GPA to stay within the AU Honors Program. There is a minimum GPA of 3.2 to keep your merit scholarship and a cumulative GPA of 3.67 to graduate. The Honors Director and staff can help students review the Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal and provide additional available resources at the university to improve their academic performance. For additional information, please see the Financial Aid website

What are the requirements for graduating with AU Honors? 

The following requirements are needed to graduate with Honors:
  • Earn minimum 3.67 cumulative GPA upon graduation
  • Earn a B average overall in the AU Honors Courses
  • Complete all AU Honors courses