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Honors Activity Options

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Course-Based Options

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Honors College Capstone – 6 HU (3 for each term) 

All Honors College students complete a Capstone Project—a scholarly experience that incorporates concepts and techniques learned throughout the undergraduate career, through which students can make original scholarly or professional contributions to their field.

The Capstone Project is typically pursued in the final two semesters at UIC, building upon the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the undergraduate years. The Capstone may focus on a research problem, theoretical issue, new creative work, professional challenge, or novel application (such as design, technological, or social innovation).

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First-Year Honors Activity Requirement for Freshmen:

  • Honors College Core Courses – 3 HU each
    Students joining the Honors College as freshmen must enroll in a 3-credit Honors Core course each semester of the freshman year (two courses total by the end of the first year). Core courses count toward students’ degree requirements and may fulfill university general education requirements.  The Honors College updates the list of available Core courses each semester, which is available here.
  • First-Year Seminar – 1 HU
    All Honors College freshmen must also register for a 1-credit first-year seminar in their first semester.  The options vary depending on students’ major.  Your Honors College academic advisor will help you register for the appropriate seminar during Orientation.

Honors Activity Options for Upper Division Students:

  • Upper Division Seminars (at least TWO required) – 1 HU each

All Honors College students must complete the following two upper-division seminars before entering the senior year:

  • HON 201: Honors Seminar (topics vary) (1 credit hour, S/U grading)
  • HON 301: Foundations for the Future (1 credit hour, S/U grading)

An updated list of seminar options is available each semester here.