Honors Courses


HONORS COURSES are taught by Honors faculty, have a maximum of 25 students, and class discussions are an important feature. Many Honors courses are created specifically for UK Honors students, and the course topics vary tremendously every semester.

Lower Level Honors Seminars – Intended for first and second year students, lower level seminars satisfy UK Core requirements.

  • HON 151: Honors in Humanities. These courses satisfy the Inquiry in the Humanities UK Core requirement. Whatever the topic, the Honors Humanities courses reflect on the human condition through works of art and literature (including folklore and film), philosophical and religious contemplation and argumentation, and historical narrative. They undertake interdisciplinary investigations of significant intellectual and cultural issues of our past and present (and thus of our future) and are designed to stimulate individual thought as well as develop writing, critical thinking, and small-group discussion skills.
  • HON 152: Honors in Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences. These courses satisfy the Inquiry in the Natural, Physical and Mathematical Sciences UK Core requirement. A hands-on, science course for Honors students in which they ask a question requiring scientific analysis, develop a related experimentation regimen, collect data, do the experimentation, analyze the results, draw conclusions and appropriately disseminate the results. Students will directly experience the scientific process to learn how scientists work.
  • HON 251: Honors in Social Sciences. These courses satisfy the Inquiry in the Social Sciences UK Core requirement. Courses in this category promote the understanding of individuals in the context of social interactions, groups, and societies. The courses will focus on the subjective, intersubjective, and structural aspects of society, with the goal of helping students to enhance their understanding of the phenomenon that is human society.
  • HON 252: Honors in Arts and Creativity. These courses satisfy the Inquiry in the Arts and Creativity UK Core requirement. The creative process and its products are the focus of these Honors courses, and include but are not limited to, visual, verbal, musical, spatial, or kinesthetic forms of expression.

Upper Level Honors Seminars - Intended for third and fourth year students

  • HON 301 PROSEMINAR (Subtitle required) An interdisciplinary seminar that offers an in-depth examination into a topic chosen by the instructor, related to history, culture, and constructions of knowledge. The format of the seminar is discussion-based and student-centered. Throughout the semester, students will be responsible for leading assigned discussion in collaboration with their peers and/or professor. This course enhances critical and creative thinking skills through specialized projects, research, written assignments, and/or oral presentations. May be repeated to a maximum of six hours. Prereq: Lewis Honors students only. 

HONORS DEPARTMENTAL SECTIONS are taught by Honors faculty housed in academic departments outside of the Honors College. These courses have been enhanced specifically for Honors students through increased interdisciplinary content, use of primary materials, writing and discussion intensity, incorporation of independent research, or other elements that aim to deeply develop critical and analytical skills.  

Examples of Honors Department Sections include BIO 315 Honors Biology, HIS 121 Honors War and Society, CS 315 Honors Algorithm Design and Analysis, and many more. These courses are typically available to Honors students at any level, unless there is an established prerequisite for the course.