University Honors Program Requirements
In order to graduate with Honors, you must maintain a
cumulative GPA of at least 3.5. We look at GPAs at two points
in the program: in the second semester of your sophomore year when
we do sophomore review, and again when you graduate. If your GPA is
below 3.5 in any other semester, you have a chance to bring it up
again before we take a look at it. Even if your GPA is a little
below 3.5 at sophomore review, you can petition to remain in the
program and explain if there were reasons why your GPA dropped, as
well as how you plan to raise it.
General Course Requirements
Honors courses are designed to provide you with a qualitatively
different experience from regular university courses. In other
words, students in honors courses are not expected to do more work
but to do work of a different nature. Honors courses challenge
students to think at a more complex level about issues and ideas,
to be more independent and creative in their approach to learning,
and to be more actively involved in the learning process. More
detailed information about the Honors Curriculum can be
If you entered the Honors program as a freshman and are now a
sophomore, you need to have a sophomore review. Consider it a check
up (not scary in the least) for how things are going for you in the
University Honors Program.
Honors Community Events
One aspect of building
an Honors Community is having the opportunity to learn from and
alongside fellow honors students and faculty. In order to do this,
we offer a variety of Honors Cultural Events to enhance your Honors
experience outside the classroom. These might include lectures,
presentations by fellow Honors students, or social events. Since
the 2010-2011 academic year, Honors students are required to
participate in 2-3 Honors Community Events per year for
a total of 8 by the end of
their third year. More detailed information about
Honors Community Events can be found here.
Honors theses may be written by both honors and non-honors
students. Honors students must complete a thesis in order to
complete the Honors Program. Non-honors students may choose to
complete a thesis in order to earn departmental honors. Honors
theses are as varied as Butler's student body. Theses range from
original research in the humanities and sciences, to teaching
portfolios, to video productions, to performances and creative
writing. More detailed information about the Honors Thesis can be
Freshman Year: Get to know your instructors. Develop
relationships and begin thinking about topics.
Sophomore Year: Look for research opportunities with
instructors. Consider applying for BSI. Continue developing
relationships and thinking about topics.
Junior Year: Prepare your Thesis Proposal: be prepared to compose
several drafts of your proposal! Consider applying for BSI.
Obtain approval from your College Honors Board for your
Thesis. Apply for IRB and any other approvals necessary for
your Thesis research. Once approval of your Thesis Proposal
is obtained, continue researching and begin writing your
Senior Year: Research, write, research, write! Work with your
Thesis Advisor. Apply for a Thesis Grant by October 30. Remember you
will need to give a public presentation of your research at a
conference such as the URC.