In addition to obtaining a breadth of knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences through courses in the Honors Core, each student chooses an area of specialization. Concentrations are the equivalent of majors and are just as rigorous. The concentration allows students to obtain deep knowledge of a focused area of interest. Students may double concentrate, or have a major concentration and one or more minor concentrations. Students may concentrate in most of the traditional disciplines, or design their own interdisciplinary course of study in consultation with the faculty. Typically, disciplinary concentrations will include all requisite coursework for admission into Ph.D. or professional programs. Effective Fall 2005, students must receive a C or better in a course for it to count toward their concentration.
Students shall declare a concentration before they register for the 4th semester prior to graduation (typically this will occur in the spring of the sophomore year). Transfer students who transfer to the Honors College fewer than four semesters prior to graduation should declare their concentrations when they arrive.
At any time, a student may change advisors, with the consent of the new advisor. A student may also change their concentration by submitting a new Declaration of Concentration/Minor form. The concentration form is sent to the registrar, who then indicates the concentration on the student's unofficial transcript.
Students who wish to minor in an area in which a minor concentration is offered should fill out the Declaration of Concentration/Minor form. A list of available minor concentrations is available online.
Individually Designed Concentrations
Students may choose to design their own concentration. The student must show why their needs cannot be met by any of the standard concentrations, and complete an Individually Designed Concentration Proposal Form which is submitted to the Associate Dean, who forwards it to the curriculum committee for approval. Proposals must meet the following guidelines.
Individual Concentration Guidelines (approved 3/30/07):
Students are reminded that they need at least 45 credits of upper level coursework to graduate.
(The prior approval process was as follows: The Concentration Proposal must be approved by a Concentration Committee of at least two faculty members who are willing to advise the student and oversee their program. Typically, the Concentration Proposal will be written in consultation with the Concentration Committee. The Concentration Proposal must also be approved by a third faculty member, not on the Concentration Committee, who is a member of the Curriculum Committee. This duty shall be rotated among the members of the Curriculum Committee on a schedule determined by that Committee. Any proposed concentration must include at least 15 credits of upper-division courses which directly contribute to the central goals of the concentration, in addition to a senior thesis.)
Approved by the faculty March 30, 2001. Updated 04-03-12.