Honors Scholar Program


The Honors Core Curriculum consists of 39 credits amassed through twelve courses and over seven semesters. It includes EXP 1101: President’s Seminar and a world language course. All courses engage students in project-based learning and entail direct writing instruction. This Honors Core Curriculum is in place of the General Education Requirements.

The Foundations Courses (HNR 1100 – 2500) introduce five areas of the liberal arts: humanities, social sciences, mathematics, natural sciences, and arts. Scholar Seminars (HNR 3600) explore interdisciplinary topics and give students the opportunity to lead 40% – 60% of class activities. The Qualifying Signature Project (HNR 3700 & 3800) is the defining piece of the curriculum; students work in multidisciplinary teams to plan, propose, and complete a project related to a public issue or problem. The capstone course HNR 4900 Life, Work, and the Liberal Arts assists students with connecting their liberal arts education to their personal and professional goals.

Students are required to take each course listed below. AP/IB/Cambridge credits do not replace these requirements, though they can count toward prerequisites and graduation, depending on departmental policies. Substitutions are available to students who join the Honors Scholars Program at the start of their sophomore year.

The program has created a Honors Curriculum Checklist for students and academic advisers to track progress toward completion. This can be a useful tool for academic planning.

HNR-1100: Humanistic Inquiry

Students analyze the evolution of human thought and culture, with particular attention to the relationships between stories and truths. With guidance from faculty in multiple disciplines of humanistic study (history, art, music, theater, literature, rhetoric, philosophy, religion), students interrogate how humans use narrative to organize, revise,
and propagate ideas, values, beliefs, and identities. In so doing, they practice strategies for identifying, framing, and examining questions concerning meaning, spirituality, truth, and selfhood. Students complete one unit-length (3-4 week) project. (4 credits)

HNR-1200: Social Scientific Inquiry

Students develop strategies for observing and analyzing individual and collective human behavior. In light of comparative discussions regarding the intellectual traditions that define the social sciences, students identify real-world problems related to human thought and behavior and employ social scientific methods to evaluate research,
generate options, and propose solutions. Readings and assignments prompt students to analyze cultural perspectives and to develop self-awareness about their own sociocultural conditions. Students complete one semester-long project. (4 credits)

HNR-1300: Quantitative Reasoning

Students interpret relationships in nature through mathematical equations, developing facility with mathematical languages and methods of symbolic representation. Students also explore the methods, rhetoric, and ethics of data accumulation, categorization, and representation. Students complete one unit-length project. (4 credits)

HNR-2400: Scientific Reasoning

Students investigate the importance of scientific understanding to human development. In examining science as a human endeavor, students discuss the dynamism and evolution of scientific inquiry, with attention paid to cultural, historical, and ethical contexts. In class activities and project-based labs, they gain experience with the concepts of experimental design, data collection, and interpretation, as well as with handling and manipulating materials. (4 credits)

HNR-2500: Aesthetic Inquiry

Students confront questions about the nature, value, and purpose of art, with consideration of how art is produced and consumed and of how we define beauty. Structured interactions with works of art and critical theory, as well as hands-on experiences in studios, hone students’ abilities to see from multiple perspectives, employ spatial reasoning, appreciate ambiguity, and craft interpretations. Students complete at least one unit-length project. (4 credits)

HNR-3600: Scholar Seminar (2)

Studies in topics that range across disciplines, driven by faculty interests and expertise. Seminars develop students’ abilities to formulate and pursue research questions, explore primary and secondary sources, lead in-class discussions, and communicate new ideas to public audiences. Courses are student-led roughly 40%-60% of the semester.

Two Scholar Seminars are required. (4 credits each)

HNR-3700: Methods, Proposals, & Planning

First part of a year-long cooperative project which investigates and proposes a solution to some aspect of a larger issue or problem. Student teams of four students create a problem statement, explore inquiry methods, and complete a project proposal. (2 credits)

HNR-3800: Qualifying Signature Project

Second part of a year-long cooperative project. Student teams of four students, with guidance from a faculty mentor, work independently to complete their projects, keeping in mind the cultural, socio-economical, political, and ethical assumptions and implications. (2 credits)

HNR-4900: Life, Work, & the Liberal Arts

In this capstone experience, students explore the question, How has a liberal arts education prepared me for life and work? To build their answers, students complete a final curating of their Honors Portfolios, using it to shape a professional web presence and a public presentation. (2 credits)

EXP-1101: President’s Seminar on Life Skills

The President’s Seminar on Life Skills course is taught by Dr. Nido Qubein, President of High Point University. (1 credit)

“…this course gives students a hefty dose of Real World pragmatism as they enter HPU. The skills they learn are meant to help them succeed in all aspects of life-academic, professional, and personal.  By taking the course as freshmen, the rest of their course work is often experienced through the lens of practical application.  It sets the tone for developing an intentional life plan.” ~ Dr. Nido Qubein

World Languages

Honor Scholars are asked to study a world language other than English. They can complete this requirement by completing one of the following options:

  • One world language course at 1020 level or at placement (whichever is higher); or
  • Study abroad in a country with a home language other than English and with one course in the home language; or
  • Participation in an approved language-intensive program; or
  • Students who place at or above the 1020 level in a world language may elect to take EDU 1020: American Sign Language II (note EDU 1010 is a prerequisite) OR CSC 1710: Introduction to Programming.


For a useful curriculum tracker, check out this Honors Curriculum Checklist.


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