Courses

In courses intended to go deep and be driven by their interests, honors students forge bonds with peers and preeminent mentors while developing expertise and intellectual curiosity.

Honors first-year seminars

Every May, a new slate of honors first-year seminars are announced for incoming honors students to consider. (In the fall, a set of seminars is made available to current KU students and transfers.) Full listings of honors first-year seminars are accessible online.

Honors courses

Both the University Honors Program and academic departments offer sections and courses available to honors students. KU's online schedule of classes provides details for all available honors courses, which can be viewed by clicking “Options” and selecting “only honors courses.”

Featured courses

The following courses are offered directly by the honors program on a regular basis:

  • HNRS 370 – Personal Writing Seminar
    This seminar helps students develop their personal writing abilities. Students analyze language and rhetorical choices in the genre of the personal essay.

  • HNRS 380 – Critical Thinking and Advocacy Seminar (Spring Semester)
    In this seminar, students devise a basic system for critical analysis, develop the skills necessary to apply it, and design effective and ethical persuasive messages.

  • HNRS 492 – Health and Health Care: The American Model from Origins to the Present (Fall Semester)
    The course is intended for potential health care professionals and others interested in the historical origins and present currents within American health and health care.

  • HNRS 492 – Exploring the American Legal System (Fall Semester)
    This course providing the students with an introduction to the breadth of our legal system and the role lawyers play in that system.

  • HNRS 492 – Citizen Philanthropy (Fall Semester)
    This course is an introduction to non-profits and community-based organizations specifically as it relates to the students’ interests in community service or philanthropy.

Special course options

Honors course contracts

An individual student or group of students may pursue honors-level work within the framework of a non-honors class at the 300 level or higher through an honors course contract. Students should develop contracts in collaboration with their faculty member, and submit their honors course contract them no later than the 20th day of the semester. Decisions will be supplied within seven business days of submission. For more information, contact Student Experience Designer Mauricio Gómez Montoya at MauricioGomez@ku.edu.

HNRS 496

This one-to-three hour asynchronous online course consists of writing assignments to help you reflect on the skills and knowledge you are building through an internship. HNRS 496 students will also have the opportunity to meet by Zoom to share internship experiences. Email Taylor Hanna-Peterson at thp@ku.edu to request information on enrollment. (To participate, international students must complete the requirements for Curricular Practical Training through ISS, and the internship must satisfy a graduation requirement, often as an ELE.)