About Honors Courses


Honors students will complete at least 20 percent of their academic program in courses designated/related to the Honors program.

A common three-semester hour, interdisciplinary Honors course (HONS 101) is required for all first-year entrants into the Honors program. This course emphasizes writing and critical thinking skills.

In addition, during their academic career Honors students will complete three academic colloquia (seminars) on topics related to annually changing themes (HONS 201). Each colloquium will be a six week, one-semester hour course on topics such as "the Impact of Globalization," "America's Place in the World," and "Nonviolence." At least three colloquium will be offered each semester. 

Further, two Honors-designated “enriched” general education courses, two Honors-designated “enriched” courses in the student's major field, and one additional Honors-designated “enriched” course of the student’s choosing are required. These courses are not offered as separate sections; rather, the department or school identifies courses each semester as Honors-designated “enriched”. Faculty members meet separately with Honors students enrolled in the course to work with them on a topic or topics of interest in order to provide more depth to the course. 

Finally, Honors students will complete Capstone Project (HONS 499) under the supervision of a USC Aiken faculty member during the student's senior year.

Capstone Guidelines and Directions

Capstone Intent Form

Capstone Project Proposal Form

Course Request Forms

Course Enrichment Request

HONS 201 Request