Honors Program Curriculum

Honors Theses

As part of the Honors Curriculum, Patriot Scholars complete an honors thesis and present it at the Intersections Undergraduate Research Conference. Some work is presented at national research conferences and published in refereed journals.


Patriot Scholars complete a minimum of 27 credits of Honors curriculum classes over the four years of their undergraduate study: Patriot Scholars take all their RMU core communication skills courses (12 credits) together in Honors sections.

CSHR 1025 - Honors Rhetoric and Academic Writing 
CSHR 1035 - Honors Speech, Rhetoric, and Culture
CSHR 2045 - Honors Organizational Communication
CHSR 2055 - Honors International Communication

Students will choose at least two Honors sections of RMU General Education courses (6 credits):

ACCT 2035- Honors Intro to Financial Accounting
ECON 1015- Honors Survey of Economics
ECON 1035- Honors Principles of Microeconomics
ELIT 2065- Honors World Literature
GEOL 1095- Honors Stars, Planets, and the Cosmos
HIST 1105- Honors US History I
HUMA 1015- Honors Humanities: Arts and Music
INFS 1025- Honors Intro to Decision Support Systems
POLS 1025- Honors American National Government
PSYC 1015- Honors General Psychology
SOCI 1025- Honors Contemporary American Social Problems

Students will complete an honors seminar course (3 credits) with a "B" or better. Alternatively, selected study abroad experiences may fulfill this requirement. Topics of past honors seminars have included:

Math, Music and Art
Presidential Leadership
Physics and Sport
Topics in Sustainability
Identities & Inequalities: Race, Class, Gender, Sex
Creating the Magic: Walt Disney World

Students will complete an honors thesis (6 credits):

HNRS 4900 (3 credit class) Honors Research Methodology
HNRS 4911 (1 credit independent study) Honors Thesis Research supervised by a faculty thesis advisor.
HNRS 4912 (2 credit independent study) Honors Thesis Completion and Presentation supervised by a faculty thesis advisor. All Honors Theses will be presented at the Undergraduate Research Conference.

An optional curriculum also includes a special honors orientation for incoming freshmen students and an honors elective in conjunction with the Office of Scholar Development to help students prepare for competitive scholarships, fellowships, graduate school, and research program applications.