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University Honors Program

University Honors Program Requirements

GPA

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 found here.

Sophomore Review

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 Thesis

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 found here.

Thesis Timeline

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 Thesis. 

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.