Honors Program


There are two types of Honors classes. One type is designed to fulfill requirements in the General Education program. The other type of Honors course consists of seminars and learning experiences best considered in an interdisciplinary context. Seminars often include guest speakers or travel to special events or places.

Students must earn an “A” or “B” in a course for it to count as Honors credit. To remain active in the program, students must take at least one Honors course every academic year.

Honor Program Checksheet

General Education

General education Honors courses are designated sections of general education courses that fulfill the University of Montevallo’s general education requirements. These courses vary by semester, but have previously included:

History of World Civilizations for Honors I & II (HIST 103 & HIST 104)
Honors Composition I & II (ENG 103 & ENG 104)
Honors Global Literature (ENG 233 & ENG 234)
Honors Foundations of Oral Communication (COMS 102)
Honors Introduction to Philosophy (PHIL 111)
Honors Ethics (PHIL 221)
Honors Introductory Sociology (SOC 102)
Honors Nature of Mathematics (MATH 155)
Honors Introductory Biology (BIO107)
Invitation to Listening for Honors (MUS 122)
Honors Introduction to Theatre (THEA 122)
Honors Introductory Spanish I & II (SPN 103 & SPN 104)
Honors Introductory French I & II (FRN 103 & FRN 104)

Specialized Honors Courses

Every semester, Honors students also have the opportunity to take a variety of specialized classes. These courses include:

Honors Introductory Experience (HNRS 100), a one-credit hour course designed to provide a learning community and common experience for incoming Honors students.

HNRS 308, a one-credit hour colloquium course that follows the Special Topics model of course design and that is generally open only to Honors students. Topics change every semester and this course may be taken more than once.

HNRS 309 and 409, three-credit hour seminars that follow the Special Topics model of course design and are generally cross-listed. Topics change every semester and these courses may be taken more than once.

The Golson Seminar (HNRS 400), a one-credit hour seminar designed to help prepare Honors students for their post-collegiate careers. Named for Dr. Eva Golson, former Professor of English at the University of Montevallo.

Honors Thesis (HNRS 490), a variable credit hour course that allows Honors students to delve into a subject matter of their choosing in order to enhance their academic experience. The Honors thesis can be a traditional research paper or it can be a creative project, such as an art installation with a critical explanation. It can be an extension of a major capstone class, can be combined with Undergraduate Research, or can be a standalone experience.