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English Honors Program Requirements


  • Small classes with highly motivated students
  • Individualized attention from professors
  • Supplemental departmental advising
  • Opportunities to conduct substantial research and creative projects
  • Opportunities for interdisciplinary study
  • Opportunities to compete for scholarly awards
  • Greater preparation for advanced study (graduate or professional school)
  • Impressive credential for graduate or professional school applications
  • "Honors in English" emblem attached to your diploma                                   
  • 3.25 GPA, overall and in English
  • Completed English Honors Program Admissions Application
  • Copy of paper written for a college-level English course                                  


  • 3.25 GPA, overall and in English
  • Successful completion of the English Honors Program Admission Application
  • One Honors Seminar
    • The Honors Seminar, ENGL 4001, offers you the opportunity to work closely with professors in their current areas of research. It allows for in-depth study and discussion and also explore topics of interest from many perspectives in English scholarship.
  • One thesis or major paper
  • 6 additional hours of upper-division Honors credit in English
    • These can be completed by enrolling in Honors sections of the required Core classes in English, ENGL 3210, 3220 and 3227.
    • If you are unable to take Honors sections of the Core for scheduling reasons, you may contract for Honors credit in another class using the English Contract for Honors form.  Discuss options for productive extra classwork with your professor.  These might include class presentations, annotated bibliographies, or other research or creative projects.  Submit your form to the English Honors Director (and the University Honors Program, if you are participating in both programs) by the third Friday of the semester.
    • If you have taken two or more Core classes at another university, or if you have taken Honors courses at another university, please contact the English Honors Director to discuss substitutions.    
    • You must earn a B or better in all courses to be counted for Honors credit.                                         

Honors students are encouraged to meet with the English Honors Program Director during advising sessions before each semester. Please note that the English Honors Program complements the University Honors Program, providing extra advising and course opportunities to English majors who choose to participate in the latter. You may enroll in only one, but you are encouraged to enroll in both.

English Honors Director:

Dr. Kathy Lou Schultz
Patterson Hall 443

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