Honors Program Overview

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Students can participate in the Honors Program in two ways: by joining Commonwealth Honors or Departmental Honors. Commonwealth Honors runs throughout a student’s undergraduate career. Departmental Honors takes place in the last two years. Commonwealth Honors students complete two phases, H1 (honors core courses) and H2 (Departmental Honors), although students can choose to pursue Departmental Honors (H2) only. 

Transfer students can participate in either program. Whether you were part of another Honors Program or have received your associate’s degree and would like to participate as a junior, we can help you determine which path is right for you.

Commonwealth Honors

  • Begins in the first semester and concludes at graduation
  • Requires students to complete 21 honors credits that count toward graduation: 12 credits in honors-designated courses during the first and second year (H1) and 9 credits during the junior and senior years within the major for Departmental Honors (H2)

Departmental Honors

  • Takes place in the last two years
  • Is completed as phase two (H2) of the Commonwealth Honors Program or as a stand-alone program. If completing Departmental Honors only, simply 9 credits of Honors work are required.
  • Allows students to complete honors projects or research within their major on topics they are personally interested in under the mentorship of faculty in their departments

The culmination of both Commonwealth and Departmental Honors is the honors thesis, a research or creative project of the student’s choice. Honors students have the invaluable opportunity to work with a faculty mentor in their field on a thesis project over a semester or year. Students frequently say the honors thesis was their most rewarding experience at BSU. They appreciate the one-on-one mentoring, immersing themselves in an area of study they love, and producing an exemplary sample of their work for competitive job opportunities or graduate school.