HON 1000 - Freshman Honors Seminar I: Beginning Honors

This seminar introduces students to the college, and the honors program, experience. With a focus upon developing writing proficiency and through the interdisciplinary investigation of a specific topic, the course is designed to orient students to higher-level academic work and to examine the relationship of the life of the mind to the world outside college. All honors students must take this course in the fall of their freshman year. Topics vary depending upon the instructors.

Credit: 4


HON 1100 - Freshman Honors Seminar II: Exploring Hawai‘i and the Pacific

Prerequisite; HON 1000.

Through an interdisciplinary seminar students will deepen their understanding of Hawai‘i and Pacific community and environment, experiential learning, and the transfer of theory to problem solving outside of the classroom. All honors students must take this course in the spring of their freshman year.

Credit: 4


HON 2000 - Sophomore Honors Seminar I

Prerequisite: HON 1100.

This interdisciplinary seminar is specifically targeted to develop important analytical skills through the practice of quantitative analysis and formal symbolic reasoning. Courses focus on the presentation and evaluation of evidence and argument and the understanding of the use and misuse of data. All honors students must take this course in the fall of their sophomore year.

Credit: 4


HON 2100 - Sophomore Honors Seminar II

Prerequisite: HON 2000 or permission of Honors Advisor. Students must enroll in HON 2200 concurrently.

Honors 2100 takes skills developed in freshman honors courses and applies them in an interdisciplinary analysis of critical and enduring issues. Students will grapple with important texts and ideas which require careful analysis and reflection. Courses are team taught by faculty from differing disciplines and topics will vary depending on the instructors. This is a companion course to HON 2200.

Credit: 4


HON 2200 - Sophomore Honors Seminar III

Prerequisite: HON 2000 or permission of Honors Advisor. Students must enroll in HON 2100 concurrently.

Honors 2200 takes skills developed in freshman honors courses and applies them in an interdisciplinary analysis of critical and enduring issues. Students will grapple with important texts and ideas which require careful analysis and reflection. Courses are team taught by faculty from differing disciplines and topics will vary depending on the instructors. This course is taken as a companion course to 2100.

Credit: 4


HON 3000 - Junior Honors Colloquium

Prerequisite: HON 2200 or permission of the Honors Program Advisor.

The key component of the Honors Program is its emphasis upon interdisciplinary knowledge. The Junior Honors Colloquium develops skills necessary to enable students to initiate, plan, and complete an interdisciplinary senior honors project. This course is the first step in a learning experience culminating in a successful interdisciplinary senior honors project and formal presentation. In the colloquium we will examine the process of producing and communicating interdisciplinary knowledge and learn how to critically evaluate both one’s own and other’s scholarship. The colloquium draws upon the experience of faculty and students to broaden exposure to a variety of disciplinary research methodologies.

Credit: 3


HON 4900 - Senior Honors Project I

Prerequisite: HON 3000 and permission from the Honors Program Advisor.

This course is the first of two capstone courses for students in the Honors Program, or it may supplement the students’ capstone experience within the major. In conjunction with a mentor and a reader, students will develop ideas for their Senior Project and write a project proposal consistent with standards in their selected field(s) of study. This course should be taken in a semester prior to HON 4901 Senior Seminar II, either alone or in conjunction with a course in the major that requires a written proposal for the capstone project. In all cases, students defend their proposals orally.

Repeatable for up to 6 credits.

Credit: 1 to 3


HON 4901 - Senior Honors Project II

Prerequisite: HON 4900 and permission from the Honors Program Advisor.

This course is the second of two capstone courses for student in the Honors Program, or it may supplement a student’s capstone course within the major. Students conduct their planned project and write a thesis or otherwise document artifacts of a creative or other endeavor. Students present their completed work at a HPU honors symposium and defend their thesis to their mentor and reader. For projects undertaken in the major, students will typically enroll in at least 1 credit of HON 4901, working with a reader to provide guidance and assessment on the interdisciplinary aspects of the project.

Repeatable for up to 9 credits.

Credit: 1 to 3