Honors students pursue majors in any of the University’s colleges and schools. In your first year, you are required to take two honors courses. These courses exist in the curriculum of almost every department across campus. With the chance to take more small classes, you'll have ample opportunities to express yourself and interact closely with professors and classmates.
Honors courses often include more extensive reading lists or more ambitious laboratory work than non-honors classes. They rely on original sources rather than on a textbook’s summary of ideas. They may cover more intellectual territory, involve more in-depth conversation, and require more original written work.
Types of Honors Courses
Honors classes take two forms: honors sections of regularly offered courses and special honors classes. Honors courses include the four-semester Humanities Sequence, the Social and Behavioral Science Sequence, the Science Sequence for non-science majors, and a changing menu of seminars. Recent special honors classes include:
- The Science Wars
- Positive Psychology
- Exploring the Arts at MU
- Italian Civilization
- Monstrous Births
- Cross Cultural Psychology
- Ethics and the Brain
- Terrorism: Ethnic, Religious and Ideological Politics
- Environment and Behavior
- Discussion of Science and Public Policy
- The Washington Process in Producing Agriculture Policy