Curriculum

Honors at Kentucky has a long and proud history, dating back to 1958, and thousands of students have passed through our program, exploring themselves and the boundaries of thought with outstanding faculty.  An Honors education at UK opens up an exciting world of inquiry, including research, education abroad, and service that will challenge students intellectually, provide access to the most creative minds at UK, and prepare participants for advanced study and to make a difference in the world upon graduation. The Honors curriculum requires Honors coursework in UK Core Inquiry, participation in at least two for-credit Honors Experiences, a Senior Capstone or Honors Thesis, and a choice of coursework campus-wide to fulfill the educational goals of the Honors student.

Students entering Lewis Honors College in Fall 2018 are required to complete 30 hours of Honors coursework as follows: 

HONORS FOUNDATIONAL SEMINAR 3 CREDIT HOURS
  • HON 101: The Individual and Society

*Students are encouraged to complete the Foundational Seminar within the first year of enrollment

COMMUNICATION CORE  3 CREDIT HOURS

  • CIS/WRD 112: Accelerated Composition and Communication
  • HON 151: Honors in Humanities
  • HON 152: Honors in Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences
  • HON 251: Honors in Social Sciences
  • HON 252: Honors in Arts and Creativity
  • Honors courses/sections in existing UK courses
UPPER LEVEL HONORS COURSES 6 CREDIT HOURS
  • Honors Departmental Section 
  • HON 301: Interdisciplinary Seminar in History of Culture
  • Graduate course that meets the needs and interests of the student
Students choose two or more experiences for a total of six credit hours::
  • Education Abroad
  • Service Learning or Community Outreach
  • Undergraduate Research Experience HON 352, 395, or and equivalent Honors course in the major. It is suggested that 3 credits of undergraduate research be devoted to preparation for the Senior Honors Capstone course. 
  • Internships or Co-op experiences
*See the Lewis Honors College Website for additional experience course options
 
DIRECTED HONORS ELECTIVE 3 CREDIT HOURS
  • Any Departmental Honors Section class outside of a student’s declared major, or HON 301 may count as the directed elective.
  *Directed Honors Elective electives may not be used to satisfy UK Core requirements. 
 
HONORS THESIS:  3 CREDIT HOURS
 

Students entering Lewis Honors College before Fall 2018 are required to complete 21 hours of Honors coursework as follows: 

 
  • HON 151: Honors in Humanities
  • HON 152: Honors in Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences
  • HON 251: Honors in Social Sciences
  • HON 252: Honors in Arts and Creativity
  • Honors courses/sections in existing UK courses
UPPER LEVEL HONORS COURSES 6 CREDIT HOURS
  • Honors Departmental Section 
  • HON 301
  • Graduate course that meets the needs and interests of the student
Students choose two or more experiences for a total of six credit hours::
  • Education Abroad
  • Service Learning or Community Outreach
  • Undergraduate Research Experience
    (HON 352, 395, 399, or an equivalent Honors course in the 
    major)  
  • Internships or Co-op experiences

*See the Lewis Honors College website for additional experience course options