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Because post-baccalaureate fellowships and similar opportunities often require students to apply during the Fall Semester of their Senior Year, the bulk of Honors programming occurs during students’ first three years on campus. Honors projects are completed by early June following the junior year.

Honors programming consists of three courses and a mentored project that follows the following sequence:

Honors 150 and Honors 151 are one-credit, seven-week Honors Seminars offered during Fall and Spring semesters of students’ first year. (Students admitted to the Honors program during Fall semester begin with Honors 151.)

Honors 250 is a two-credit, 10-week interdisciplinary research seminar taken in the student's second year. While students may choose which semester to take Honors 250, each section is enrolled to represent an intentional diversity of the student identities and interests.

Honors 350 is an up-to three-credit, yearlong collaborative capstone project. Students are enrolled automatically at the beginning of their third year, and form teams of no fewer than three Honors students in order to design and execute a practical or research project that speaks to the four criteria. Once each team has defined the nature and scope of its project, they solicit a project Mentor, who advises students on the design and execution of their project. This project should be suitable for presentation at the Butler Undergraduate Research Conference or EPIC Expo, and also may be designed to achieve external recognition, or designed in coordination with other programs, organizations or with non-Honors students.

Upon passing Honors 350 for the first time, Honors students become eligible for a Senior Honors EPIC Experience.

Honors 450 is a one- or two-credit, optional Teaching Assistantship tethered to Honors 150, 151, 250 or 350. Honors students mentor or advise junior students in coordination with the course’s instructor or the Honors 350 project mentor.

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