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Arts and Sciences Honors Program Description

The honors program offers challenging experiences of unusual breadth in the arts and humanities and in the social-behavioral and natural sciences. By stressing liberal studies in the freshman and sophomore year, interdisciplinary study in the junior year, and independent study in the senior year, the honors program enables students to develop both broad and focused intellectual interests.

The program further enriches the experiences of its members by creating opportunities to develop a sense of community and to meet faculty and university guests in informal settings.

Students with high ACT scores are invited to enter the honors program during the freshman year. Current K-State students who have a 3.5 or higher G.P.A. may apply for entrance to the program by writing to the Honors Program Director to request entrance.

To remain an active member in the University Honors Program, a student must maintain an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher.

The Honors Project culminates in an honors thesis or other documentation of performance, which is filed with the director. This project is invaluable as evidence of a student’s ability to organize and complete a study independently. It provides evidence of capability to do well in graduate studies and may enable the student to strengthen significantly an application to graduate school. It may also help make the case for a scholarship application or serve as the impetus for more detailed investigation later in the student’s career.

For more information, contact the director of the honors program, College of Arts and Sciences dean’s office, or the director of the University Honors Program, Office of the Provost.

16     Credit Hours


  1. University level ……………………………………………………………….. 7 credit hours required

DAS 020        University Honors Program (0 credit)

        •             Students enroll in this course each semester

DAS 189        Introduction to the University Honors Program (1 credit)



Other requirements (6 credits)

•             University honors courses and new courses generated by departments. These courses can be honors sections of required courses or elective seminars (most are 3 credit hours).

•             Alternative opportunities (e.g. study abroad) to generate university level honor credit hours must be approved by both the Director of the University Honors Program and the College coordinator. Students cannot use a given activity for both university and college level. Under no circumstances will students be allowed to arrange for credit after the experience is completed.

  1. College Level …………………………………………………………………………. 9 credit hours required

Capstone Honors Project in either the student’s major or the student’s minor (3 credits)

        •             In most cases this will likely take the form of an Honors Thesis conducted with the supervision of a faculty advisor.

Honors coursework either within or outside the major (6 credits)

        •             This coursework may include

                         N            College Honors courses

                        N             Other courses indentified as appropriate for Honors students but not restricted                                                       to Honors enrollment (e.g. Great Books, Origins, etc.)*

N             Service learning opportunities (most likely under the faculty guidance of an independent study in an appropriate discipline)*

N             Study Abroad opportunities*

.               *Non-Honors coursework/opportunities must be approved by both the Director of the University Honors Program and the College Coordinator. Under no circumstances will students be allowed to arrange for credit after the experience is completed. The same courses or experiences cannot be used to satisfy both the University level and College level portions of the program.

For more information, please contact the Director of the University Honors Program, Dr. Justin Kastner at ksuhonors@ksu.edu or stop by Fairchild Hall Room 215, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506. Phone number 785-532-2642.