prospective honors students


Pictured above: an ISU Honors student participating in a cross-cultural service trip to the Navajo Nation in Arizona. 

HONORS classes

General Honors (GH) courses are the heart of the University Honors Program and feature small class sizes, dedicated faculty members, interdisciplinary perspectives, active learning, and an exciting array of topics. Honors students often have opportunities to participate in cross-cultural experiences or service projects as part of local, national, or international field trips with their General Honors classes.

Examples of recent General Honors (GH) course topics include:

In addition to taking General Honors courses, Honors students may earn Honors elective credit for classes within their majors and minors.

Departmental Honors courses have a Department prefix and an “H” designation denoting Honors credit (e.g. PSY 101H).  Such classes confer the same credit as their non-Honors counterparts, but with added rigor, challenge and substance.

Honors Conversion classes are non-Honors sections that have been “upgraded” to the Honors level through the addition of special requirements for the student seeking the conversion (often a special project beyond normal course requirement).  This conversion can be performed for any class, provided that documentation is provided by the instructor indicating which addition conditions must be met by the student in order to receive Honors credit.  The advantage for the student is that conversion allows maximum flexibility to build an Honors program of study within a particular major field.