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Liberal Studies Requirements

Honors program requirements can be found in the individual Colleges & Schools section of the University Catalog.  Select Academics, followed by Undergraduate, then Honors Program Alternative. 

First Year Program

Chicago Quarter

Focal Point


Quantitative Reasoning & Technological Literacy

Sophomore Year

Multiculturalism in the US

Junior Year

Experiential Learning

  • Required

Senior Year


Learning Domains

Arts and Literature (AL)

  • 3 Courses Required

Philosophical Inquiry (PI) 

  • 2 Courses Required

Scientific Inquiry (SI)

  • 3 Courses Required
    [1 SWK Course, 1 Lab Course, and 1 Additional Course]

Social, Cultural, and Behavioral Inquiry (SCBI)

  • 2 Courses Required

Religious Dimensions (RD) 

  • 2 Courses Required

Understanding the Past (UP)  

  • 1 Course Required
    (Note: Must be focused on location outside of the United States)

* Students must earn a C- or better in this course.  


A student majoring in American Studies (AMS) is required to complete the Capstone offered by the AMS Department. AMS 301 may be waived for Honors students who are producing an Honors capstone thesis project and double majors when AMS is a student's secondary major and the student completes a thesis project through a capstone in their primary major; in these cases AMS 301 must be replaced with a 300 level AMD course. Students seeking these exceptions must discuss with the AMS Program Director in advance.

Courses offered in the student's primary major cannot be taken to fulfill LSP Domain requirements. If students double major, LSP Domain courses may double count for both LSP credit and the second major. Students who choose to take an experiential learning course offered by the major may count it either as a general elective or the Experiential Learning requirement.

In meeting learning domain requirements, no more than one course that is outside the student’s major and is cross-listed with a course within the student’s major, can be applied to count for LSP domain credit. This policy does not apply to those who are pursuing a double major or earning BFA or BM degrees.

Quantitative Reasoning and Technological Literacy

Readiness for LSP 120 is determined by the math placement test taken online after admission. Students may need to take developmental coursework prior to LSP 120. The LSP 120 requirement may be waived by credit already earned for advanced math coursework or by passing a dedicated proficiency exam. Students who complete both LSP 120 and LSP 121 take one less Learning Domain course. Students may not apply the course reduction to any Domain where only one course is required, and if taken within the SI Domain, the reduction cannot be applied to the SI Lab or SWK requirement.​

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