Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs about Honors

1. Isn't my GPA likely to suffer if I take Honors Courses?
Statistics show that Honors students earn higher grades in their Honors courses than in their regular courses.

2. How do Honors courses differ from regular courses?
Most are smaller - with a few exceptions, Honors seminars are capped at 15 students. The typical Honors course takes a more "participatory" approach to learning - less lecture, more discussion, class projects, etc.

3. Don't Honors courses require more work?
The basic difference between Honors courses and regular courses isn't workload but the approach taken to the material. Overall, Honors course workloads are typical of good, solid courses university-wide.

4. If I leave Honors later, do my credits still count?
Honors courses remain on your transcript as Honors courses; they still satisfy other university requirements (e.g. Gen Ed requirements) that they satisfied when you took them.

5. Can I take Honors courses if I am not enrolled as an Honors student?
With rare exceptions, no. Access to Honors seminars is a privilege of membership in the Honors College. Students who want to sign up for courses but who are not enrolled are prevented from doing so. Contact Honors if you wish to request an exception to this enrollment policy.

6. Why should I take Honors courses?
The main reason, of course, is to get something valuable from them. We hope the subject matter and approach of the seminars are appealing. But another reason to take Honors courses is to challenge yourself. Honors students aspire to high achievement and make decisions that help them accomplish it. Additionally, there are these Benefits of Membership in the Honors College:

  • Priority Enrollment
  • General Education Seminars
  • Printing in the 24/7 Shocker Hall Honors Lounge
  • Experience-Based Learning
  • Specialized Advising and Networking
  • Honors Living-Learning Community
  • Graduation with Distinction

7. How do I graduate with Honors?
Visit the Honors Curriculum page to learn how to graduate with an Honors distinction. To begin planning a course of study in Honors, go to the Forms page and download the Honors Requirements Tracking Sheet.

8. If I transfer from another institutions' honors program, am I still eligible for the Cohen Honors College?
If you transfer from another institution, and you meet all requirements of the Honors Admission policy you are welcome to apply! Up to 12 credit hours of honors from another institution may be accepted as transfer honors credit with the Honors Dean's approval.

For specific advising questions, please check our Honors Advising page or email honors@wichita.edu. Can't find the form you need? Visit the Forms page.