W.E.B. Du Bois General University Honors Program

HON 111 (each semester): Introduction to the Honors Program, 2 credits. This course, required of students who enter the program in 2017 or later, will introduce students to the expectations of the W. E. B. Du Bois Honors Program. Students will learn about the history of the program, including its namesake, and begin preparing for their senior honors project, the culmination of the program. Assignments will include readings about the honors program and about Du Bois; an annotated bibliography; and summaries of past students’ honors projects. May not be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: admission to the W. E. B. Du Bois Honors Program

HON 211 (fall), HON 212 (spring): Sophomore Honors Colloquium, 4 credits each semester. Topics vary. Students may choose from a variety of colloquia offered, except those which may be restricted (by subject matter and student level) to participants with specific qualifications. Prerequisite: admission to the W. E. B. Du Bois Honors Program or permission of instructor. 

HON 221 (fall), HON 222 (spring): Sophomore Independent Study, 2 credits each semester. The sophomore independent study can be taken only once. The goal of the course is for students to get a start on the senior honors project. Students who have not yet chosen a project advisor may work with the director of the honors program to explore a topic. The student will learn to write and format an annotated bibliography; to summarize and properly cite an article; and to read scholarship in a discipline. By the end of the semester the student will have chosen a project advisor in a field related to their senior honors project. May not be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: admission to the W. E. B. Du Bois Honors Program 

HON 311 (fall), HON 312 (spring): Junior Honors Colloquium, 4 credits each semester. Topics vary. Students may choose from a variety of colloquia offered, except those which may be restricted (by subject matter and student level) to participants with specific qualifications. Prerequisite: admission to the W. E. B. Du Bois Honors Program or permission of instructor.

HON 321 (fall), HON 322 (spring): Junior Independent Study, 3 credits each semester. Students in this course will progress on their senior honors project: it is strongly recommended that students take this course at least once, to ensure they are ready to complete the honors project as a senior. Students will work with their project advisor, in consultation with the director of the honors program. To receive credit for the course students must produce a project abstract, a report of progress, and an annotated bibliography, with a minimum of six scholarly sources. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: permission of honors program director (students must have their project advisor confirm with the director of the honors program). 

HON 411 (fall), HON 412 (spring): Senior Honors Colloquium, 4 credits each semester. Topics vary. Students may choose from a variety of colloquia offered, except those which may be restricted (by subject matter and student level) to participants with specific qualifications. Prerequisite: admission to the W. E. B. Du Bois Honors Program or permission of instructor.

HON 421 (fall), HON 422 (spring): Senior Independent Study (4 credits). Open to second-semester juniors and first-semester seniors. Students who sign up for this course should expect to near completion of their senior honors project. At the end of the semester they will turn in a complete draft, which will be read both by their project advisor and by the director of the honors program. May not be repeated for credit and may not be co-enrolled with HON 497. Prerequisite: permission of honors program director (students must have their project advisor confirm with the director of the honors program).

HON 497: Senior Honors Project (4 credits). This course may be taken in the fall or spring of a student’s final year: it is required to complete the honors program. Students will turn in a final version of the honors project, to be graded, and will defend their work in front of an honors committee, including their advisor, the director of the honors program, and other faculty. Though the project will be turned in (and graded) for this course, an honors project cannot be completed in a single semester: students are expected to make progress on their honors project each year, whether or not they enroll in an independent study. Prerequisite: permission of honors program director (students must have their project advisor confirm with the director of the honors program).