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Castle Scholars Honors Program Requirements

Castle Scholars Honors Program and Minor Requiments 

Castle Scholars can elect to complete the program in one of two ways.  They can choose to enroll in the program as a Castle Scholars Minor, thereby fulfilling the college-wide requirement that each student complete a minor in addition to their academic major.  Students can also choose to complete the program as a complement to their major and minor courses of study. 

Program requirements consist of five components in the following categories:

  • 1 1000-level CSCH seminar (for first year students only)
  • 2 3000-level CSCH seminars (for sophomores, juniors and seniors) 
  • 1 CSCH Honors Internship (or Honors Independent Research Project) subject to approval by the Castle Scholars Honors Committee*
  • An approved, credit-bearing service project (can be fulfilled in two ways)
  • CSCH 3080 Senior Seminar (1.5 credits): Students in this class will meet regularly with a Castle Scholars faculty member to engage in program evaluation. Students will complete and share with the group the results of a research project and will also complete an Honors ePortfolio.


  • CSCH 3081 Teaching Assistantship in a Castle Scholars course or other approved course (1.5 credits): In addition to assisting a class under the mentorship of the instructor, students will meet regularly with each other and mentoring faculty for discussions of course material and will complete an Honors ePortfolio.

In addition, Castle Scholars must:

  • Earn a grade of B or better in Honors courses in order to receive Honors credit
  • Maintain cumulative grade point average of 3.6 or higher
  • Participate actively in the Castle Scholars Program by attending at least two events per semester
  • Remain in good standing in their non-academic activities
  • Complete and submit an Honors ePortfolio
  • Be positive role models for academic integrity

*As per college policy, an internship or independent research project for a Castle Scholars minor cannot double count towards the student’s major or another minor. 



Freshman Year

  • Freshman Honors Seminar (3 credits): taken either fall or spring semester

Sophomore and Junior Years

  • two 3000-level Honors Seminars (3 credits each): completed in any semester
  • CSCH 4500 or 4501
  • portfolio submitted for distinction (sophomore year) with required interview
  • a semester of independent work (3 credits), to take one of the following forms, as approved by the Director of the Honors Program:
  • independent study (in the major, minor, or another subject)
  • collaborative research with other students and/or faculty
  • internship

For students transferring into the honors program after freshman year:

  • an additional 3000-level honors seminar (3 credits) to replace the Freshman Honors Seminar

Senior Year

  • portfolio submitted for honors review
  • Students may opt to complete either or both of the following options:
    • Senior Seminar (1.5 credits): meetings with classmates and Castle Scholars faculty to engage in program evaluation
    • Teaching Assistantship (1.5 credits): in addition to assisting a section of a Castle Scholars class under the mentorship of the instructor, students will meet regularly with classmates and a Castle Scholars faculty member to discuss the teaching assistantship
  • Total credits of program: 14.5 or 16 (depending on choices of senior year option)

 *Academic Integrity. As an Honors program, we hold our students to the highest standards of academic honesty.  Academic integrity is emphasized and even taught within the context of each course.  The penalty for admitted or proven dishonesty in any Castle Scholars course is failure in the course.