Curriculum for Honors Program
Honors students must show mastery of the six College of Arts & Sciences Learning Outcomes. Students complete a portfolio to demonstrate the mastery of these learning outcomes. The individual Learning Plan is developed in close consultation with assigned faculty mentors. The mentoring process shapes Honors students into confident, independent learners who take active roles in their own education and expect the most of themselves.
Through their individualized Learning Plans, Honors students integrate their backgrounds and interests with the strengths and Mission of the University and the College. As a general principle, these Learning Plans include courses distributed among the areas of fine arts, foreign languages, history, literature, mathematics, natural science, philosophy, social science, and theology.
Students' Learning Plans are reviewed and approved by their faculty mentors and by the Program Director. While Honors students are expected to excel in all areas that characterize a Creighton undergraduate education, fulfillment of these goals is determined on an individual basis rather than by the more structured curricular requirements that apply to other students.
Foundational Sequence: Honors students take three courses (9 credits) in their first three semesters that introduce them to the Christian, Catholic, and Jesuit intellectual traditions that lie at the heart of a Creighton education within the context of Western civilization and of the pluralistic world we inhabit.
Sources and Methods Courses: Honors students take five courses (15-20) credits that induce them to think critically about information, assumptions, and arguments found in multiple forms of academic and cultural discourse. Several such courses are offered each semester in a range of academic disciplines.
Honors Senior Perspectives Course: Honors students are required to take a Senior Perspective (SRP) course, and may select any such course offered in the College. Each year, however, one SRP is designed for, and offered exclusively to, Honors students.
Senior Independent Research Project: Honors students are required to demonstrate their capacity for advanced, self-directed, individual work by completing an approved project within their major(s). They undertake these projects with the guidance of assigned faculty mentors and then present their findings during a campus-wide "Honors Day.?
Requirements for Good Standing
Students entering the Honors Program are considered to be in good standing if:
- The students are making acceptable progress towards fulfilling the requirements for an Honors Degree. Ordinarily, this means that Honors students should have completed at least 6 credit hours of Honors courses by the end of their freshman year, 12 by the end of their sophomore year, and 18 by the end of their junior year; and
- The students have maintained a QPA of at least 3.3 for all courses taken at Creighton; and
- The students have maintained a QPA of at least 3.0 for all Honors courses taken at Creighton. (This Honors-specific QPA will not be computed until a student has completed at least two Honors courses.)
Honors students that are not in good standing will be notified and will be given one semester to remedy the situation. Failure to remedy may result in their dismissal from the Honors Program.