Centennial Honors College


Students may complete an honors curriculum in University Honors, Departmental Honors, or General Honors.  All Honors students must complete the one-hour honors colloquium (GH 299).  General Honors includes General Honors coursework.  Departmental Honors includes honors work in the major.  University Honors combines Departmental and General Honors. 

The Department of English and Journalism has a triple obligation: supporting the development of student writing throughout the university, contributing to the general education of all students and providing an understanding of content and methods for those specializing in the disciplines of English, English Education and Journalism.  The mission of the department is to enhance students’ abilities to read sensitively and critically; to think imaginatively, logically and coherently; and to write clearly and creatively.  Students majoring in English or English Education must complete 39-40 semester hours of coursework for the Bachelor of Arts Degree.  The central objective of the honors experience is the development of high-level reading, research and writing skills so as to prepare students to successfully complete an undergraduate thesis on a topic of their choice in literature, writing or education.  The honors requirements in the major are designed to be completed in the junior and senior years, although they may be started earlier.  The honors major in English prepares students for careers in a variety of fields, including teaching, creative writing, publishing, editing, corporate communications, press relations, grant writing, technical writing, screenwriting and law (pre-law).

Grade Requirements
  • 3.4 overall GPA
  • 3.4 GPA in honors courses

General Honors Requirements

  • Two General Honors seminars (6 semester hours)
  • An honors section of the First Year Experience (3 semester hours) (a General Honors seminar may be substituted in some cases)
  • GH 299 (one semester hour)

Departmental Honors Requirements

  • GH 299
  • 6 semester hours of English in-course honors, all of which must be in upper division (300400 level) courses. Departmental honors courses will help fulfill requirements for a majors.
  • 3 semester hours of English 409 (Independent Study) which will prepare honors students to complete an undergraduate thesis.
  • 4 semester hours of English 408H (Senior Honors Thesis), which may be spread over two semesters (2 hours one semester, and 2 hours another semester).

University Honors

  • Two General Honors seminars (6 semester hours)
  • An honors section of the First Year Experience (in some cases a General Honors seminar may be substituted)
  • GH 299
  • 6 hours of English in-course honors (300-400 level)
  • 3 hours of Eng 409 (Independent Study)
  • 4 hours of Eng 408H (Senior Honors Thesis)