|University Honors Education|
102-A MSRB, PO Box 22600, (801) 378-5497
Acting Dean: James E. Faulconer, Professor, Philosophy
Associate Dean: Steven Benzley, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Associate Dean: Susan Easton Black, Professor, Church History and Doctrine
Associate Dean: Douglas F. Tobler, Professor, History
Assistant Dean: Neal W. Kramer
“University Honors” is a distinction awarded to all graduates of BYU who have met the honors requirements in general education as described below. This prestigious designation is recorded on the university diploma, on the official transcript of grades, and in the graduation program. All honors classes taken and the honors thesis title also appear on the transcript.
Honors education provides an unusually rich and challenging experience for capable and motivated undergraduate students. Honors education is not merely a more intensive general education or a more strenuous program in a major. Rather, it attempts to link the broad university perspective with the specific concentration associated with a major. Students who pursue honors education at Brigham Young University will be offered the challenge of honors courses that form a part of their general education, as well as an intensive experience in their major.
Anyone may register for honors classes, but they are taught at the level of the superior student. Statistics indicate that capable and diligent students do very well in honors classes. In fact, on the average, they receive slightly higher grades in their honors classes than in their other classes in any given semester. Honors courses are not graded on a curve. Because the classes are more demanding and fulfilling, most students are motivated to perform well.
The most important advantage of enrolling in honors is the opportunity to participate in demanding, high-quality courses taught by some of the university's best professors. In addition, the BYU Honors Program provides a stimulating learning environment outside formal course settings.
Honors offers a curriculum core consisting of and intensive writing course plus two semesters studying Civilization. Beyond this core, honors colloquia, seminars, and departmental honors courses provide a variety of experiences for honors students in the historical development of ideas, cultures, arts, letters, and the sciences; these offerings are discussed more fully below.
Honors Colloquia. Each semester, the BYU Honors Program sponsors several honors colloquia that bring together teams of the university's most respected professors from diverse disciplines to teach a variety of broadly based subjects. The colloquia are interdisciplinary in nature and taught by at least two or three professors from different fields. These courses allow a unique flexibility in methods and content and stress the complementary nature of various disciplines in dealing with our cultural heritage and modern problems. Recent colloquia include “The Daedalus Project,” “Jerusalem: Past, Present, and Future,” and “Memoir and Imagination.”
Honors Seminars. A number of honors seminars also are offered each semester. They range across subjects as diverse as “Wilderness Writing,” Postmodern Victorian Poets,” “Living with Cancer,” “History and Modern Perspectives in Chemistry,” and “Bioethics.” The seminars are centered within a discipline, but they are intended to be accessible to students who are not majors in that discipline. Like the colloquia, the seminars require critical reading, thinking, writing, and discussion. But unlike the colloquia, the seminars are more specialized, are directed by a single professor, and are usually limited in enrollment to twenty students.
Departmental Honors Sections. Departments within the university offer courses intended for honors students that are taught by their strongest faculty. Departmental honors sections of general education courses are usually smaller than regular courses and provide greater occasion for classroom discussion and additional reading and writing under the supervision of the professor.
Students in honors benefit most directly from their association with fellow honors students and with honors faculty. Honors students have a center in the Karl G. Maeser Memorial Building, which provides them with a quiet study hall, a commons room for informal meetings and discussion, an advisement center staffed by honors student aides, and classrooms. An honors computer lab is available during specified hours in 1058 TMCB to students committed to graduating with University Honors.
Graduation with University Honors first requires commitment and then completion of the course work, Great Works, portfolio, and thesis/capstone requirements. An outline of these requirements follows:
Commitment. Commit to graduate with University Honors by completing a University Honors Graduation Commitment Form (available in 102A MSRB).
Course Work. Complete the required course work:
Great Works. By the deadline listed in the folliwng chart, submit a response for each of the specified items chosen from your Great Works Contract (ten works of literature, four works of music, four works of art, and two films).
Portfolio. Your portfolio should be submitted by the deadline on the chart. The following items should be included:
Thesis/Capstone Experience. To graduate with University Honors, a student must complete an honors thesis/capstone project (see the deadlines listed in the following chart). This requirement provides an opportunity for a student to work closely with a faculty member on a project of the student's choosing in the student's major. The thesis/capstone project represents an independent work reflecting the highest standards of achievement for undergraduates. It must receive both departmental and honors approval. Work on this requirement should commence during the junior year and be finished by the beginning of the student's last semester at the university.
|For Graduation in:||April||August||December|
|Great Works responses submitted||Sep 15||Jan 15||May 15|
|Thesis proposal approved by honors dean||Sep 15||Jan 15||May 15|
|One copy of thesis and portfolio submitted to Honors Program||Feb 1||Jun 1||Oct 1|
|Thesis defense scheduled||Feb 10||Jun 10||Oct 10|
|Thesis defense completed||Mar 1||Jul 1||Nov 1|
|Four copies of thesis on bond paper submitted to Honors Program for binding||Mar 15||Jul 15||Nov 15|
*These dates are deadlines, but most students will need to have their thesis proposals approved considerably before the deadline, preferably more than two semesters before defending the thesis. Thus, those graduating in April should usually have their thesis proposal approved no later than the previous April.
The University Honors Program Course Guide contains a complete list of honors courses and detailed course descriptions. It is an essential supplement to this catalog and the current class schedule. To obtain the course guide or further information about the Honors Program, contact the Honors Advisement Center, 102A MSRB, telephone (801) 378-5497.
200. Intensive Writing. (3:3:0)
300. Advanced Writing. (3:3:0) Prerequisite: completion of First-Year Writing requirement.
201. History of Civilization 1. (3:3:0)
202. History of Civilization 2. (3:3:0)
240. American Government and Society. (3:3:0)
259. Physical Science. (1–6:6:0)
260. Biology. (1–6:6:0)
Honors 203–220: Arts and Letters
203R. Literature. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
204R. Fine Arts. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
205R. Philosophy. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
206R. Humanities. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
207R. Language. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
210R. Civilization and Culture. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
211R. Colloquium in Arts and Letters. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
218R. Epistemology. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
Honors 221–240: Social and Behavioral Sciences
221R. Colloquium in the Social Sciences. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
222R. History. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
223R. Behavioral Science. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
224R. Political Science. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
225R. Sociology. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
226R. Anthropology. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
227R. Economics. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
228R. Education. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
229R. Business. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
230R. Civilization and Culture. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
234R. Readings in the History of Ideas. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
238R. Epistemology. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
Honors 241–260: Natural Sciences
241R. Colloquium in the Sciences. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
242R. Mathematics. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
243R. Physical Science, Elective. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
244R. Biological Science, Elective. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
245R. Technology. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
246R. Statistics. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
250. Math Modeling—Toward a Personal Understanding of the World. (3:3:0)
254R. Readings in the History of Ideas. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
258R. Epistemology. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
Honors 303–320: Arts and Letters
303R. Literature. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
304R. Fine Arts. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
305R. Philosophy. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
306R. Humanities. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
307R. Language. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
310R. Civilization and Culture. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
311R. Colloquium in Arts and Letters. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
314R. Readings in the History of Ideas. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
315R. Readings in the Classics. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
318R. Epistemology. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
Honors 321–340: Social and Behavioral Sciences
321R. Colloquium in the Social Sciences. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
322R. History. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
323R. Behavioral Science. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
324R. Political Science. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
325R. Sociology. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
326R. Anthropology. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
327R. Economics. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
328R. Education. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
329R. Business. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
330R. Civilization and Culture. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
334R. Readings in the History of Ideas. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
338R. Epistemology. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
Honors 341–360: Natural Sciences
341R. Colloquium in the Sciences. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
342R. Mathematics. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
343R. Physical Science, Elective. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
344R. Biological Science, Elective. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
345R. Technology. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
346R. Statistics. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
354R. Readings in the History of Ideas. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
358R. Epistemology. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
214R. Readings in the History of Ideas. (1–6:6:0 ea.)
499R. Honors Thesis. (1–6:0:0 ea.)
Selected departments offer designated honors sections of introductory courses that meet particular general education requirements as well as honors requirements. In addition, Religious Education offers honors sections of religion courses that meet other university requirements. Approved departmental honors courses include:
Arts and Letters:
Social and Behavioral Sciences:
Students should consult the departmental listings in this catalog, the current class schedule, and the University Honors Program Course Guide for further details about these courses.