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Undergraduate Catalog | 2022-2023 
Undergraduate Catalog | 2022-2023 Previous Edition

English, Honors Program

The Department of English offers an Honors Program that consists of three courses.  

Admission Requirements

Entry into all honors courses is by permission of the department only, and requires the completion of one ENGL 4000-level course with a grade of A, as well as a GPA of 3.0 in ENGL courses and 3.0 overall. Though English Honors requirements are normally completed in their final year, qualified students are urged to discuss the English Honors Program with the Department’s Honors Coordinator early in their career.

Course Requirements

Any or all of these three required courses may also be used toward a student’s electives in a concentration within the English major, applied as appropriate depending on the course content. 

Certification Requirements

To continue in the Honors Program, candidates must:

  • Maintain a 4.0 GPA in honors courses.

To be awarded honors in English, candidates must:

  • Write an honors capstone thesis of “A” quality (i.e., a grade of A for either ENGL 4751  or ENGL 4752 ) as judged by a committee of three readers
  • Receive a grade of A in ENGL 4750  
  • Achieve a minimum GPA of 3.50 in all ENGL courses
  • Achieve a minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • In the semester before graduation, candidates must either present their capstone thesis at an undergraduate colloquium or submit the thesis to an undergraduate journal
  • Formally apply and be approved for Honors Candidacy by the Honors College, a process that will be initiated as part of either ENGL 4751  or ENGL 4752 

The honors notation will appear on a student’s official transcript.