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Courses are at the heart of the Honors Program. Our classes are small--typically enrolling 15-20 students per section--engaging, and discussion-based. This allows our students to form meaningful academic relationships with their peers and top KU faculty.

In Honors courses, students are given the opportunity to explore ideas creatively and to be develop a greater awareness of themselves, their assumptions, and the world around them. Students can expect challenging readings, passionate discussions, and assignments that push them to grapple with the complexities and nuances of the topic at hand.

For the most up-to-date information about current Honors courses, please visit KU's Schedule of Classes. You can search for Honors courses by clicking on the "More Options" link and selecting the "Only Honors Courses" box.

For detailed course descriptions of Spring 2017 Honors courses, please see the Honors Course List Fall 2017 (pdf).

Additionally, the following types of courses may count toward the 6-7 course requirement for Honors completion:

  • A graduate-level KU course
  • Up to two semesters of less-commonly taught language
  • A regular KU course completed under an Honors contract

Always consult with your Honors advisor when determining if any of the above options may count for Honors course credit.


Course offerings are “among the most comprehensive in the nation,” according to “A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs”
98% of University Honors Program graduates are employed or accepted to graduate school within six months of graduation
40% of students in the University Honors Program conduct research before graduation
9 to 1: Average ratio of KU honors students to faculty advisors
1 of only 7 programs nationwide to receive a top rating from “A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs” in 2014
60% of University Honors Program students study abroad
KU honors students select their advisors from top-ranked KU faculty
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