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Honors Curriculum

In the fall of 2024, the Honors College will expand the current Honors Program curriculum and introduce a new major. Current students may elect to continue in the current Honors Program or join the new program.

Current Students

Current student will take four Honors courses focused on philosophy, theology, literature, and science, from the ancient Greeks to the present:

  • HON 1003 Greek History, Philosophy and Drama
  • HON 1013 Medieval Culture or Self-fashioning in the Renaissance or HON 2003 Enlightenment and Its Critics
  • HON 2013 History and Philosophy of Science
  • HON 3003 Modernization and Its Discontents or HON 3013 Contemporary and Emerging Issues

Students seeking a deeper engagement with the content and experiences offered through the Honors courses may elect to go further and pursue:

  • Honors Portfolio: Extended reflection upon your intellectual development and key questions you wish to research.
  • Honors Plan: Independent work to complement studies in your major or minor, or to explore questions or interests not covered in your major or minor.

Prospective Students Starting Fall 2024

The Honors Program will expand its offerings beyond its current six courses, providing an alternate pathway through the Tulsa Curriculum, regardless of major or minor.

The Honors College will also have a major in Classic Texts that will allow you to grow in wisdom, virtue, and friendship with other Honors College students and teachers, as you explore some of the greatest questions, which have provoked wonder and inspired human inquiry, creativity, and action across the ages.

Program offerings will include:

  • Classic Text Core courses focused on the “great conversation” of our inherited intellectual tradition, encompassing philosophy, history, literature, religious studies, and the foundations of modern social, political, and natural science.
  • Disciplinary Honors courses that deepen your understanding by offering extended discussion and inquiry into the foundations of that discipline, whether in mathematics, the natural sciences, the humanities, or technical pursuits.
  • Honors electives that will allow you and your classmates to go deeper with selected classic texts or to reflect upon a key question or theme by studying those texts.
  • Service: At least 30 hours per semester, giving back to the community and pursuing the common good.
  • Honors College Thesis: A major research thesis in your chosen discipline, production of a work of art or performance, or a service project.