The Honors College curriculum begins in the fall with a first-year course titled "The Pursuit of Knowledge," which explores a contemporary problem through the lenses of multiple academic disciplines. Taught in a seminar format by twelve members of the UVM faculty, this course also fulfils UVM’s Foundational Writing and Information Literacy (FWIL) requirement.
In the spring of the first year, students then apply some of what they learned in "The Pursuit of Knowledge" to one of a series of special topics seminars that are grouped together under the title "Ways of Knowing." Each of these seminars fulfill one of the university's two diversity requirements or the sustainability requirement.
As students progress through the Honors College, they narrow their focus, enrolling as sophomores in honors seminars developed to focus on faculty members' special research topics. Through undergraduate research grant programs and honors course work, students also may work closely with faculty in laboratories, out in the field, or in other research hubs (like the library) as they begin to develop their own special areas of interest.
In their junior and senior years, students focus more intensely on their fields of study in their home schools and colleges. In the junior year, they work on developing research methods and identifying research questions that will prepare them for an independent research or creative project--the six-credit Honors thesis--they will undertake in their senior year. If applicable, they also continue their involvement in their departmental honors programs.