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Castle Scholars Honors Program Requirements

Castle Scholars Honors Program Requiments   

Program requirements consist of five components in the following categories:

  • 1 1000-level CSCH First Year Program seminar (for first year students only)
  • 2 3000-level CSCH seminars (for sophomores, juniors and seniors) 
  • 1 Independent Research Project OR Internship, both subject to approval by the Castle Scholars Honors Committee
  • An approved, credit-bearing service project, which can be fulfilled in one of two ways (students may take both):
    • CSCH 4500 - fall semester Castle Scholars service course organizing Human Rights Awareness Day (1.5 credits)
    • CSCH 4501 - spring semester Castle Scholars service course organizing the Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Fair (1.5 credits)
  • CSCH 3080 Senior Capstone (1.5 credits): Students in this class will meet regularly with a Castle Scholars faculty member to engage in program evaluation. 

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
  • Be positive role models for academic integrity


First Year

  • 1000-level Castle Scholars section of First Year Seminar (fall semester)

Sophomore and Junior Years

  • two 3000-level Honors Seminars (3 credits each), completed in any semester
  • CSCH 4500 and/or 4501 (only one required)

For students applying to or transferring into the honors program after freshman year:

  • one additional 3000-level CSCH seminar (3 credits) to replace the First Year Program Honors Seminar

Senior Year

  • one semester of independent work (3 credits), to take one of the following forms, as approved by the Castle Scholars Honors Program Committee:
    • independent study (in the major, minor, or another subject)
    • internship
  • Senior Capstone (1.5 credits): meetings with classmates and Castle Scholars faculty to engage in program evaluation

Total credits of program: 13.5-16 (depending on student choices and seminar course credits)

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