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Honors College Requirements

All Urban Honors College students must complete the Honors College curriculum and a thesis/creative project supervised and presented in front of a faculty committee. Graduating from Urban Honors requires a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.

In addition to these requirements, Honors students must meet the degree requirements set by the University, including the 180 minimum credit requirement, residence credit requirement, writing requirement, and BA/BS requirements. Several Honors courses can be used to satisfy BA/BS requirements and the writing requirement, see below.  Urban Honors students are exempted from all University Studies requirements.


Honors College Curriculum

 

 

First Year

0-30 credits of previous college coursework completed.

 

 

The Global City

HON 101, 102, 103

Satisfies 8 credits in the area of arts and letters and 4 in the social science distribution area. Completing this sequence also meets the University’s lower-division writing requirement.

15 credits

 

 

Second Year

*Students entering Honors with 31-89 credits of previous college coursework completed.

 

 

 

 

 

Urban Discourses

HON 201 - Satisfies 4 credits in the area of the social sciences.

HON 202 - Satisfies 4 credits in the area of arts and letters.

HON 203 - Satisfies 4 credits in the area of the sciences.

Completing this sequence also meets the University’s lower-division writing requirement.

12 credits

Junior Year

*Students entering Honors with 90+ credits of previous college coursework completed.

Honors Junior Seminars: HON 407 Minimum of 4 credits; max 12
  Internship: HON 404 Optional: can earn up to 8 credits
  Research: HON 401 Optional: can earn up to 8 credits
  Honors Contracts Optional: can earn up to 4 credits
  Departmental Honors Seminars Optional: can earn up to 8 credits
  Total Junior-level requirements 12 credits

 

Senior Year


Honors Senior Thesis:  HON 403
6-10 credits

Current PSU students

Students at PSU that have completed some University Studies coursework may transfer into the Urban Honors College at the freshman, sophomore, or junior level. Where you begin in Honors will depend on the number of UNST courses you have completed. 

Maintaining Honors College Student Status

All Honors College students must maintain a 3.25 cumulative PSU GPA and make progress toward fulfilling the requirements of the Honors College and their disciplinary major. Honors College student grades will be audited each term. Those at risk of falling below the threshold will be notified in writing and are required to meet with the Honors Academic Adviser, Brianna Avery.

Probation

Honors College students falling below the specified 3.25 cumulative GPA must:

  • Meet with Brianna Avery, Honors Academic Adviser, to discuss their academic schedule and make a plan for improvement.
  • Receive a term GPA (minimum of 12 credits) above the threshold in the following term.
  • Obtain a cumulative GPA above the 3.25 threshold at the end of two terms of course work subsequent to the term in which they fell below.

If the cumulative GPA remains below the threshold, the student will no longer retain Honors College status. Students have the right to appeal their circumstances to an Honors College Adviser in writing and/or in person.

Re-entry

Students may apply for readmission when their cumulative PSU GPA is above the 3.25 threshold.

Honors Tuition

Students enrolled in the Urban Honors College are assessed an additional $7.40 per credit hour for in state tuition or $7 per credit hour for out of state tuition. The additional tuition supports new and enhanced programs and activities which enrich our students' educational experiences inside and outside the classroom. See the 2014-15 fee book for tuition estimates by credit load.