Honors students must complete four HN courses with a grade of
"B" or higher before they graduate. We offer honors sections of the
FYS and HN 200 and 300 courses, described below. Students must
take at least one HN 200 course and one HN 300 course among their
four HN courses.
List of Fall 2013
courses. Browse current honors
courses; search "Honors Program" and the respective
HN 110/111 Honors First Year Seminars
HN 110/111 courses are designed to introduce freshmen students
to the Honors experience: the kind of course work, the seriousness
as well as the joys of the enterprise, the community of students
and faculty, cultural events, etc. while completing the
requirements of the First Year Seminar. Students must enroll
in both HN110/111 which collectively count as one
of the HN courses. This course gives first year Honors
students an opportunity to get to know one another and start
working together in the spirit of shared purpose.
HN 200 Seminars
HN 200 Seminars examine a great work, thinker, time period, or
artist from various angles: artistic, scientific, historical,
philosophical, religious, and so on. These courses give practice in
honing in on one topic in extreme detail.
HN 300 Colloquia
HN 300 Colloquia focus on a central theme or question and
examine it from a variety of disciplines and approaches. These
courses ask students to approach a broad topic from a variety of
different angles in order to gain their own perspective on the
topic. Since this is usually the last level of the HN curriculum
taken before the student moves on to the thesis-centered half of
the Honors program, we urge the inclusion of some research-related
assignments/projects in these courses.
HN 397-398 Thesis Proposal
HN 397 and 398 are mandatory Honors Independent
Study Thesis Proposal Courses. HN 397 is 1 credit hour and
equates to about 15 contact hours with your advisor; HN 398 is 2
credit hours and equates to about 30 contact hours. This
course gives you credit for researching and writing your thesis
proposal and is best taken in the Spring of your junior year.
Which course you take is up to you - the number of credits
depends on how much time you will spend working on your research
and how much time you will spend meeting with your thesis
During your senior year you also have the option of taking a
XX499 level course. This gives you three credit hours on your
transcript for writing your honors thesis and must be taken in the
area of your thesis; e.g. EN499, BI499, etc. Unlike the HN397/8,
this course is optional and must be taken through your
Incorporating Study Abroad and Semester in D.C.
We encourage honors students to take advantage of as many
opportunities as possible while at Butler University. Students who
study abroad may count a pre-approved course taken
abroad as one of their HN 200 or 300 courses. You must see the
University Honors Coordinator before going abroad.
For students taking part in the Washington D.C. Learning
Semester, you have the opportunity to enroll in a HN200 course,
"Arts in the District." More information can be found on the Washington D.C.
If the above options don't work, students may also register for
an Honors Tutorial. The tutorials offer a chance for independent
study with a professor on a previously taken honors topic, or
another topic of the student's choice that has been approved by the
honors director. See Tutorial How-To for guidelines on
setting up an honors tutorial.