Honors College

"Being a freshman in a small major like Financial Counseling and Planning, there weren't a lot of people with a similar course of study with whom I could connect. The Honors College provided me with those connections — being surrounded by people who shared similar goals and courses like HONR 199 gave me a group of people that I could go to with frustrations, ideas, and questions. HONR students and teachers are such great resources that are there to help you succeed. It's an awesome community to be part of."
— Ally Ylo, Financial Counseling and Planning student

Purdue University's Honors College is an interdisciplinary college that brings together students from across the university. Their goals are to nurture intellectual and personal development, to create opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and independent research, and to produce students who will one day change the world. HHS students in the Honors College will take courses both in the Honors College and in their major. All HHS academic units provide support for their students who are part of the Honors College.

Completing Honors College requirements as an HHS Student

Honors College (HC) students have several options for completing the scholarly project that is required for an Honors College diploma.  HC students in the College of Health and Human Sciences who choose to complete a departmental honors thesis or honors capstone project should follow the guidelines listed below for the unit of their major.  For further information about these guidelines, HC students may contact the faculty member in their unit who is listed at https://www.purdue.edu/hhs/students/undergraduate/honors/index.html.

 

HC Students in Consumer Science

- May complete an honors thesis while enrolled in CSR 49700, Honors Research Project. 

 

HC Students in Health & Kinesiology

- May complete an honors thesis while enrolled in HK 49800H, Directed Research for Undergraduates – Honors, for two consecutive semesters totaling 6 credit hours.

 

HC Students in Health Sciences

- May complete an honors thesis by enrolling in HSCI 19501H, Honors Research Seminar (taken in the fall of the sophomore or junior year), HSCI 49601H, Honors Research Project (taken in the fall of senior year), HSCI 49601H, Honors Research Project (taken in the spring of senior year), and HSCI 49501H, Honors Research Seminar (taken in the spring of senior year).

- Alternatively, HC students may complete a thesis as part of the School of Health Sciences Honors Program. Students who choose this option will also receive a notation on their transcript that they have earned departmental honors. 

 

HC Students in Hospitality and Tourism Management

- May complete an honors thesis by enrolling in HTM 29700, Intro to Honors Research (recommended); HTM 39700, Directed Honors Research; and HTM 49700, Honors Research Project, in sequence. The thesis will be completed in HTM 49700.

 

HC Students in Human Development and Family Studies

- May complete an honors thesis while enrolled in the HDFS Honors Program. Students who choose this option will also receive a notation on their transcript that they have earned departmental honors. 

 

HC Students in Nursing

- May complete an honors capstone project while enrolled in NUR 41801, Clinical Capstone and Professional Issues, with an honors contract. The scholarly project must be presented at the facility where it is completed.

 

HC Students in Nutrition Science

- May complete an honors thesis while enrolled in the Nutrition Science Honors Program. Students who choose this option will also receive a notation on their transcript that they have earned departmental honors. 

 

HC Students in Psychological Sciences

- May choose to complete an honors thesis while enrolled in PSY 49800, Senior Thesis. 

- Alternatively, HC Students may complete a thesis as part of the Research-Focused Honors Program. Students who choose this option will also receive a notation on their transcript that they have earned departmental honors. 

 

HC Students in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

- May complete an honors thesis while enrolled in SLHS 49800, Undergraduate Research Experience.

Joining the Honors College

Freshmen Beginners: Incoming first-year students will be considered for the Honors College if they have completed an application to Purdue University by November 1. The Honors College extends invitations to some incoming first-year students each year.

Current Purdue and Admitted Transfer Students: Current and admitted transfer students may apply to the Honors College. To be considered for the Honors College, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above and have at least four semesters of study remaining at the Purdue West Lafayette campus before graduation. Applications are due by Friday of the second week of the semester.

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