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Honors Courses and Research

The Honors College offers a range of honors courses — from specialized seminars in which small groups of students explore a topic in-depth with a top Clemson professor, to honors sections of departmental offerings that offer a high level of academic rigor.

Students pursuing departmental honors enroll in a series of courses in their major department that prepares them to conduct and present their research.

Contact the Honors Advisors if you assistance with your schedule, classes or have questions.

Download instructions on how to search for Honors courses in iROAR..

To view the Spring 2018 Honors Seminars and their course descriptions- click here


The Calhoun Honors College offers a wide range of courses designed especially for Honors students. These include:

  • Freshman Seminars

    In the fall of the semester, first-year Honors students are eligible to sign up for intensive, discussion-based seminars on a wide range of classic and contemporary topics. Freshmen seminar students receive general education credit in the social sciences, literature, or arts and humanities. Examples include:

    • The Enlightenment: Rights, Power, and Liberty
    • The History of Evil
    • The Epic and Authority
    • The Fictions of War
    • The 1960s: Decade of Change
  • Calhoun Honors Seminars

    Every semester, the Calhoun Honors College offers up to fifteen Calhoun Honor seminars on topics drawn from the arts, the humanities, and the social, physical, and biological sciences. These discussion-based courses are taught by many of Clemson's top faculty members and are open to all Honors students. Recent seminars have included:

    • Becoming Harry Potter
    • H1N1 and Pandemics
    • Spies and Spy Novels
    • The Greatest Math Problems of All Time
    • The 2010 Midterm Elections
    • Understanding the Current Economic Crisis
    • America and the World
    • Puzzles and Paradoxes
    • Write the Great American Novel!


    See Honors Seminars for all the details

  • General Honors Courses

    Calhoun Honors students have the opportunity to take Honors sections of a wide range of department-based courses, including many elective and required courses in mathematics, the physical sciences, engineering, the life sciences, the humanities and the social sciences. Examples include:

    • Biology H110 — Principles of Biology I
    • Chemistry H101 — General Chemistry
    • Economics H211 — Principles of Microeconomics
    • English H103 — Accelerated Composition
    • Mathematics H106 — Calculus of One Variable I
    • Music H210 — Music Appreciation
    • Physics H221 — Physics with Calculus II
    • Philosophy 103 — Introduction to Ethics
    • Psychology H201 — Introduction to Psychology


    See the Student Handbook link for all the details including Requirements for completing General Honors.

  • Departmental Honors, Advanced Research

    Students engaged in Departmental Honors research are enrolled in advanced courses in their disciplines, leading, in general, to the completion of a senior research project or thesis.  Examples of recently submitted Honors projects include:

    • Effect of Mutations on the Expression of CG13222 Regulatory Element
    • Understanding Acetate Kinase Metabolism: The Search for Answers
    • DR/SD: Disaster Relief/Shelter Development
    • Happy Daggers and Other Stories
    • Merger Analysis: The Walt Disney Company Acquisition of  Marvel Entertainment
    • United States Public Opinion of China
    • 3-D Image reconstruction of Aortic Aneurysms for Real-Time Biomechanical Analyses
    • Robotic Bead Deposition System for Biofabrication
    • System Identification of Vehicle Parameters
    • Assessing the Effectiveness of a High Risk Appraisal and Counseling Intervention in Managing Obesity and Obesity-Related Diseases among a Latino Population
    • Departmental Honors Research Grant Funding


    See the Student Handbook for all the details including Requirements for completing Departmental Honors Research

    DEPARTMENTAL HONORS CONTACTS - please click here for a specific department represtative to learn more about departmental honors in their department.

  • Honors Contracts

    Honors students can also work individually with faculty members to create specialized Honors courses through the use of the Honors contract system. To create such a course, students simply enroll in a non-Honors course, then work out an agreement with the instructor to make additions or modifications to the course syllabus and requirements. All Honors contracts must be approved by the Honors College.

    Students may earn honors credit for a 3000- or 4000-level course by means of an Honors Contract (in exceptional cases contracts for 1000- and 2000-level classes may be approved). The purpose of such contracts is to enable students to experience the educational enrichment that typifies honors courses, and to explore topics in greater depth than is normally possible in a regular undergraduate course.
     

    It is recommended that you meet with your professor prior to submitting this form. Please refer to Honors Student Contract Course Policies and What Makes an Honors Course an Honors Course? documents for additional details about Honors Contracts. 

    The Honors Contract Form is due on May 5 for fall 2017 classes. Once students submit the Honors Student Contract Proposal form, the professor listed on the Contract will be asked to review and submit the final proposal to the Honors College. The Honors Contract Faculty Review is due May 12. Students will receive a decision about Honors Contract Proposals by May 19 with further instructions.

    Faculty — At the end of the contract period (semester or summer term), the instructor shall submit the grade of P (pass) or NP (no-pass) in the iROAR system for the HON 4000 section assigned to the contract.

    Please email Dana Irvin with questions.

  • Create-a-Course Contest

    Every Fall, the Honors College sponsors the annual Create-a-Course contest, which allows students to create and design the Honors course of their dreams!  Last year's winner was The Graphic Novel. The winning student receives a prize and, of course, the chance to take the course they invented!


Calhoun Honors College Contact Information

Clemson University | 180 Core Campus | Clemson, SC 29634-5106 | 864-656-4762 | Email: Calhoun Honors College