Third Year - Seminars, Research, & Internships

During the third year in Honors, students are expected to take classes and explore opportunities that develop their skills in conducting research and crafting essays, expand their contacts and experience in their field, and deepen their knowledge of their area of academic study. As students move through their junior year in Honors, they should be thinking ahead to the Honors Senior Thesis and developing the faculty mentors, research techniques, industry contacts, and academic background necessary to complete the project.

Students must earn 12 credits of Honors Junior-level requirements.

These 12 credits replace the junior clusters, which are part of the University Studies general education curriculum and thus not required of Honors students.

Transfer Students must take HON 399: Honors Writing upon admission to the Honors College.

This class is the required entry point for transfer students coming in at the junior level. It is writing intensive and serves multiple purposes: the course introduces students to ways of thinking about the urban experience; introduces and develops the basic writing and research tools necessary for upper-division seminar work in Honors and for the senior thesis; and provides working examples of disciplinary scholarship in the humanities.  This 4 credit course counts towards the 12 credits of Honors Junior-level requirements. 

All Honors students are required to take one Honors Junior Seminar (Hon 407) for 4 credits.

These interdisciplinary seminars, taught by Honors faculty, are small, discussion-based, reading-intensive courses that require students to actively engage with the source material and write an extended research paper. The Honors College offers numerous seminars every quarter, on a variety of topics.  

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 Honors Junior Seminars

The other 8 credits of Honors Junior-level requirements can be fulfilled through some combination of additional Honors 407 Junior Seminars, approved internships, research, departmental H seminars, and studying abroad. Students are encouraged to consult with their major advisers, faculty mentors, and the Honors College academic adviser for help in choosing how to fulfill the Honors Junior requirements.

2020 Honors Study Abroad

  • Summer Seminars in London

Internships (Hon 404): Students may earn up to 8 credits for approved internships. Honors requires that internships be related to a student's major or career field, and that they require meaningful, substantive, challenging projects.  Internship credit requires enrollment and participation in the Honors 404 D2L course.

Research (Hon 401): Students may earn up to 8 credits for approved research opportunities, supervised by either PSU faculty or non-PSU affiliates.

Departmental Seminars (Dept XXXH): Departments may choose to create an Honors section of upper-level seminar courses; students participate in the regular course but are required to complete additional requirements.

Study Abroad (internships or seminars abroad): Students may choose to study abroad on Honors faculty-led global seminars or participate in one of PSU's many programs abroad. Seminar courses taken at a foreign institution may count for Honors Junior-level requirements; students should be prepared to submit syllabi and research papers when requesting approval.