First year students begin the Honors Program by taking an HNR 101: Honors First Year Seminar course. While there are various HNR 101 topics to choose from, they all have a few things in common. Each course focuses on introducing students to college life at NKU and the Honors way of learning. HNR 101 emphasizes active participation, collaborative learning, and methods of independent student research and creativity. By the end of the first semester, students are ready to tackle upper level Honors courses.
Next, students take four 300-level Honors seminars*. Honors seminars are meant to expand students’ ways of thinking. They stress the Honors domains of learning: cross-disciplinary reasoning, exchange of ideas with peers and experts, application to community and global challenges, and project creation and management. All Honors seminars fall into one of the following categories:
New and unique seminar topics are offered each semester so students are sure to find a course to spark their interests!
*Students may use two Honors sections of General Education (ex. ENG 151H or PSY 100H) courses towards this total.
The final course requirement for the Honors Program is to complete the capstone course- a two-semester (6 credit hours), independent study course where students work with a faculty mentor to complete a project of their choosing. The capstone course allows students to pursue their passion while demonstrating the knowledge and skills they have acquired throughout their Honors experience.
Foundation (6 hours)
Students begin their Honors journey with HNR 101 Introduction to Honors Learning and HNR 102 Interdisciplinary Research Process.
NOTE: Completion of both HNR 101 and HNR 102 fulfills the Written and Oral Communication requirements from the Foundation of Knowledge program.
Cohort Track (9-10 hours)
Complete all three courses from ONE of the following Cohort Tracks.
Honors Capstone (6 hours)
Students complete a two semester Honors Capstone project during their last semesters. This is an independent study course where students work with a faculty mentor to complete a project of their choosing. The capstone course allows students to pursue their passion while demonstrating the knowledge and skills they have acquired throughout their Honors experience.