Frequently Asked Questions


  • Applicants who meet the GPA requirement are invited via email during an admissions period at the start of the fall and spring semesters. If you believe you qualify but are between admissions cycles, feel free to contact the English Honors Director. Note that if you are admitted outside of the normal cycle, you will not have access to early registration until the following semester. 
  • Undergraduate Honors Students simply need to email the department's Graduate Services Coordinator with their name, ID number, and requested course. Graduate classes are initially capped at 2 undergraduates per course. Depending on enrollment, additional seats may be opened. 
  • If you need to fulfill a specific core degree requirement, consult with your advisor. Otherwise, consider taking a course on a different topic or pursuing a Directed Independent Study (ENG 498H). 
  • ENG 491 seminars are restricted to English Honors students and they have a low cap—15 students. This means you will recieve a seminar experience and the chance to take courses with your Honors peers. The courses are specially designed by faculty and chosen through a selective process. ENG 491 courses emphasize student research and innovative teaching, as well as topics that are cross-disciplinary and often take a broad historical approach.
  • For courses in the next registration cycle, check the English Department's Course Sampler.
  • For future ENG 491 courses (which are scheduled in two-year cycles) contact your advisor or the Director of English Honors
  • The Director is generally not able to answer specific degree audit questions, which should be directed to a student's academic advisor. The Director can answer any questions regarding Honors program requirements, upcoming seminar topics, the end-of-year presentations and celebration, and graduating with English Honors. 
  • There is no required sequence for English Honors coursework. 
  • This depends on the student's own schedule. Previous students have completed the program in as little as one semester.
  • Transfer students who have scheduling constraints can pursue a Honors Contract for an ENG 4XX course to fulfill three credits of English Honors coursework. Please contact the Director of English Honors if further accommodations are needed. 
  • Students joining with Junior or Senior status may pursue a Honors Contract for an ENG 4XX course to fulfill three credits of English Honors coursework. Please contact the Director of English Honors if further accommodations are needed. 
  • Each April, the English Honors Program holds an end-of-year celebration. This event and its presentation requirements are advertised to graduating seniors in February. In general, the casual presentation is 10 minutes, with slides, and is a fun opportunity to share your work with interested faculty and students.