Honors courses are specifically designed for our students, but they also meet the same academic requirements as equivalent general education courses. However, not every course in the Honors core is an Honors course; in fact, you might only enroll in one Honors class each semester.
This design lets you have the full USD undergraduate experience while taking smaller, discussion-based classes with students who are similarly motivated and come from all majors across campus. We teach you to explore complex issues, develop your own opinions and persuasively share your conclusions in writing and discussion. These are skills that will give you a competitive advantage for your plans after graduation.
The Honors core is made up of Honors classes and general academic requirements. General requirements are courses available to the general student body, while Honors classes are reserved solely for Honors students.
Students entering Honors in their first semester take a minimum of 18 credits of Honors coursework, as follows:
Complete ALL the following courses (15 credits):
- UHON 111 Ideas in History (3 credits) Fulfills SGR #3 Social Sciences
- UHON 211 Interdisciplinary Civilizations (3 credits) Fulfills SGR #1 Written Communication
- UHON 390 Honors Seminars (6 credits) Fulfills elective requirements and may fulfill general education requirements
- UHON 398 Thesis Prep (1 credit)
- UHON 498 Thesis (2-5 credits)
Additional course options to reach (3 credits required to reach 18 Honors credits):
- UHON 100 Honors Experience (1 credit)
- UHON 101 Honors Speech (3 credits) Fulfills SGR #2 Oral Communication
- UHON 110 Honors English (3 credits) Fulfills SGR #1 Written Communication
- PHIL 200 Honors Logic (3 credits)
- UHON 290 Honors Seminar (3 credits)
- UHON 390 Honors Seminar (3 credits)
- UHON 395 Honors Practicum (1 credit)
- UHON XXX Additional Honors sections
NOTE: Transfer credit/dual-credit/AP credit is accepted for all courses except UHON 111, 211, 390, 398 and 498.