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Undergraduate Honors Curriculum

The SIS Honors program curriculum challenges students intellectually and provides the faculty mentorship and peer support necessary for a successful Senior Honors Project experience. The 12-credit curriculum includes:

  • Honors colloquia (two courses, for a total of 6 credits): 
    • Typically taken during the junior year
    • Situated at the intersection of several SIS thematic areas
    • Small format courses, capped at 19 students
    • Populated with students in SIS Honors and other honors-in-the-major programs on campus
    • Taught by faculty actively researching the subject area
    • Designed to challenge students intellectually and invite inquiry into possible Senior Honors Project topics
    • Count toward upper-division thematic area requirements
  • Senior Honors Project I and II (two courses, for a total of 6 credits):
    • Taken during the senior year
    • Small format courses, capped at 19 students
    • Populated with students in SIS Honors
    • Taught by faculty with substantive and/or methodological expertise related to the students’ research interests
    • Designed to guide students through all steps of the Senior Honors Project
    • Also designed to help students think through the academic and professional opportunities available to them after graduation