University of Vermont

The Honors College

Junior/Senior Curriculum

In the junior and senior years, Honors College students focus more intensively on their major field of study in their home school or colleges. Junior/senior requirements vary slightly by school and college, but typically consist of a 3-credit Honors requirement in the junior year, together with HCOL 101, the one-credit thesis preparation class offered to all juniors. In the senior year, students complete a 6-credit thesis project under the supervision of a faculty mentor.

Information about HCOL 101 can be found here:

If students complete all four years of Honor College requirements in addition to their school or college major requirements, they will graduate as Honors College Scholars. As always, students should work with their academic advisor to ensure all requirements are met both in their major(s) and in the Honors College.

Click on the links below (or simply scroll down) to see each college or school's specific requirements for the junior and senior years:

COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND LIFE SCIENCES

For information: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, contact: Douglas Johnson at Douglas.Johnson@uvm.edu

Junior Year
  • CALS 196 Junior Honors Seminar - 2 credits, spring
  • CALS recommends that its HCOL juniors take HCOL 101 (Thesis Preparation Course) in either the fall or spring semester
  • Each CALS Honors College student will also take a minumum of one credit of undergraduate research, undergraduate independent study, special problems, special topics or research methods - according to their department requirements:
    • Animal Science: ASCI 198 Undergraduate Research, ASCI 298 Advanced Special Topics
    • Biochemistry: BIOC 192 Undergraduate Research
    • Biological Sciences: BSCI 198 Undergraduate Research, BSCI 298 Advanced Undergraduate Research
    • Community Development & Applied Economics (CID, CE, PCOM): CDAE 291 Special Problems, CDAE 296 Field Experience/Practicum, CDAE 298 Undergraduate Research
    • Environmental Sciences: ENSC 196 Independent Research, ENSC 299 Environmental Sciences Honors
    • Environmental Studies: ENVS 201 Research Methods
    • Molecular Genetics and Microbiology: MMG 198 Undergraduate Research, MMG 298 Advanced Undergraduate Research
    • Nutrition and Food Sciences (Dietetics, NFS): NFS 198 Undergraduate Research
    • Nutrition and Food Sciences (NFS/DPT): Refer to Senior Year Requirements
    • Plant Biology: PBIO 198 Undergraduate Research, PBIO 298 Advanced Undergraduate Research
    • Plant and Soil Sciences (ECAG, SLH): PSS 198 Undergraduate Independent Study, PSS 298 Undergraduate Independent Study
Senior Year
  • Each CALS Honors College Student will take a total of 6 credits; usually, three credits will be taken in the fall and three credits will be taken in the spring.
    • Animal Science: ASCI 197/198 Undergratuate Research, ASCI 297/298 Advanced Special Topics
    • Biochemistry: BIOC 191/192 Undergraduate Research
    • Community Development & Applied Economics (CID,CE,PCOM): CDAE 191 Special Problems, CDAE 291 Special Problems, CDAE 296 Field Experience/Practicum, CDAE 297/298 Undergraduate Research
    • Environmental Sciences: ENSC 196 Independent Research, ENSC 299 Environmental Sciences Honors
    • Environmental Studies: ENVS 201/202 Research Methods
    • Molecular Genetics and Microbiology: MMG 197/198 Undergraduate Research, MMG 297/298 Advanced Undergraduate Research
    • Nutrition and Food Sciences (Dietetics, NFS): NFS 197/198 Undergraduate Research
    • Nutrition and Food Sciences (NFS/DPT): First year of professional courses for DPT, RMS 220 Research 1
    • Plant Biology: PBIO 197/198 Undergraduate Research, PBIO 297/298 Advanced Undergraduate Research
    • Plant and Soil Science (ECAG, SLH): PSS 197/198 Undergraduate Independent Study, PSS 297/298 Undergraduate Independent Study
    • Note: To allow flexibility for study abroad or similar experiences, alternative 200 level courses may be used to satisfy the Junior/Senior Honors College requirements as deemed appropriate by CALS faculty.

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

For information: College of Arts and Sciences, contact: Dana Christiansen at Dana.Christiansen@uvm.edu. Also, please see: College of Arts & Sciences HC Webpage

Fulfill all seven B.A. distribution requirements (regardless of whether seeking a B.A. or a B.S. degree).

Junior Year
  • Complete a zero or one-credit thesis proposal-writing workshop (HCOL 101) offered by the Honors College. Students will ordinarily take HCOL 101 in the spring semester of the junior year. Students who will be studying abroad in the spring of the junior year should take HCOL 101 in the fall semester of the junior year. Exceptions to the HCOL 101 requirement include the following:
    • Students studying abroad for their entire junior year. (NOTE: students planning to study abroad for their entire junior year should let the CAS Dean's Office know as soon as possible in order to make appropriate arrangements for the thesis proposal process.
    • Environmental Studies students enrolled in ENVS 201.
    • HCOL 101 can be waived for students who are already engaged in their honors research project. This will require the submission of a waiver request form completed by the student and their thesis supervisor. Students must submit this form to the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office at 438 College Street one week prior to the add/drop deadline during the semester in which they wish to waive the HCOL requirement. The Honors Committee will review the form to determine if the student is eligible for a waiver of the HCOL 101 requirement.
  • Propose and gain approval of a College Honors Thesis or Creative Project. Typically, these proposals are submitted to the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Committee in April, after the completion of the spring sections of HCOL 101. At the time of the proposal's submission, one must have a cumulative GPA of 3.40 or higher.
Senior Year
  • Write (or produce) and defend the six-credit College Honors Thesis (or Creative Project).
  • Enroll in HON 2XX HC Honors Thesis credits - a total of 6 credits - fall and spring semester.
  • Complete the two-semester, zero-credit Senior Thesis Seminar (HON 201).

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

For information: School of Business Administration, contact: Susan Hughes at Susan.Hughes@uvm.edu

Please see below changes in curriculum effective Fall of 2013.

BSAD Curriculum Prior to Fall 2013
First year
  • BSAD 40 and BSAD 60
Sophomore year
  • BSAD 120, BSAD 132
  • Complete one of BSAD 141, 150, 173, 180
  • Select Business Discipline Concentration prior to your Junior year.
Junior Year
  • BSAD 193 - Honors Research Methods course (fall semester).
  • Complete 3 or 4 BSAD Field Courses AND 1 or 2 BSAD Discipline Concentration courses.
  • Develop an approved Honors proposal (Thesis or Project) with your BSAD faculty Honors advisor.
  • BSAD recommends that their HCOL students take HCOL 101 (Thesis Preparation Course) in the spring semester.
Senior Year
  • BSAD 191 and any remaining BSAD field courses
  • BSAD 298 HC Honors Project (6 crs) OR BSAD 299 HC Honors Thesis/Project (6 crs) OR
  • BSAD 288 Finance Honors Seminar (3 crs), OR BSAD 252 Marketing Research Practicum (3 crs), OR BSAD 293 Integrated Professional Development (3 crs) AND BSAD 298 Honors Project (3 crs) or BSAD 299 Honors Thesis (3 crs), for a total of 6 credits.

BSAD Curriculum Effective Fall 2013

First year
  • BSAD 10 (the Business Enterprise), BSAD 15 (Business Communications), BSAD 30 (Decision Analysis - spring)
  • General education requirements and minor requirements
Sophomore year
  • BSAD 60 & 61, BSAD 25 (Sustainable Business Strategies- fall), BSAD 120 (spring)
  • Select Business theme and/or concentratio prior to your Junior year.
  • General education requirements and minor requirements
Junior Year
  • BSAD 193 - Honors Research Methods course (fall semester).
  • Complete other field courses: BSAD 141, BSAD 150, BSAD 173, BSAD 180
  • Complete one or two courses in the selected business theme and/or business concentration courses
  • Develop an approved Honors proposal (Thesis or Project) with your BSAD faculty Honors advisor.
  • General education requirements and minor requirements
Senior Year
  • BSAD 191 and additional theme/concentration courses
  • BSAD 298 HC Honors Project (6 crs) OR BSAD 299 HC Honors Thesis/Project (6 crs) OR
  • BSAD 288 Finance Honors Seminar (3 crs), OR BSAD 252 Marketing Research Practicum (3 crs), OR BSAD 293 Integrated Professional Development (3 crs) AND BSAD 298 Honors Project (3 crs) or BSAD 299 Honors Thesis (3 crs), for a total of 6 credits.
  • Minor requirements

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND SOCIAL SERVICES

For information: College of Education and Social Services, contact: Holly-Lynn Busier at Holly-Lynn.Busier@uvm.edu

Sophomore Year
  • CESS Honors students will meet with their CESS Honors College Advisor to plan the junior year program. This meeting will take place in early part of spring semester.
Junior Year - 3 credits

The 3-credit requirement during the junior year is a designated Honors Course with a research (enhancement) component:

  • EDFS 203: Social, Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education OR
  • SWSS 164: Introduction to Social Work Research OR
  • HDFS 197: Independent Study; OR HDFS 291: Special Problems; OR HDFS 296: Field Experience OR
  • EDEC 291: Special Problems; OR EDEC 296: Field Experience
  • HCOL 101 Thesis Preparation Course - one credit - spring semester

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