Honors Baccalaureate

The Honors Baccalaureate (HB) degree is conferred by the Dorothy and Bill Cohen Honors College. The degree is designed for students with diverse interests in academic areas across campus. It can prepare students for careers such as university teaching, medicine, law or management. A student who wishes to receive the HB degree works closely with a Cohen Honors College advisor or dean to select two or three academic disciplines from at least two of the six other colleges on campus. The Cohen Honors College advisor coordinates with faculty and advisors from the colleges and major departments to select a program of study that provides the student with a rigorous academic experience.

Admission Requirements

  • For students with fewer than 24 college credit hours: a minimum high school GPA of 3.700, or a composite ACT score of 271 or better.
  • For students with 24 or more college credit hours: a minimum GPA from college credit hours of 3.500, or a composite ACT score of 271 or better.

Students who have a passion for learning but do not meet the admission requirements may petition the Cohen Honors College for special admission. For more information, contact the Dean of the Cohen Honors College office by email (honors@wichita.edu), or phone 316-978-3375.

Program Requirements

To receive the Honors Baccalaureate, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.250 and complete the following 63 credit hours:

College Requirements
Complete 24 honors credit hours to earn the following honors track distinctions:
Emory Lindquist Honors Scholar Program12
HNRS general education seminar (HNRS-prefix course) for 3 credit hours
Honors Research and Creative Activity Seminar
Honors Collaborative Research and Creative Activity Seminar
Electives chosen from honors seminars (HNRS-prefix courses) or departmental honors courses (6 credit hours)
Honors Interdisciplinary Track12
Interdisciplinary track topics include leadership and law and public policy. Students may petition to create their own interdisciplinary track course requirements. Each track must include a core course and electives as well as a service activity, internship, exchange/study abroad, or research/creative project.
Total Credit Hours24
Major Requirements (39 credit hours)
Select one of the following:36
Complete at least 18 credit hours in each of two departmental majors/disciplines from at least two colleges (for a total of at least 36 credit hours)
Complete at least 12 credit hours in each of three departmental majors/disciplines from at least two colleges (for a total of at least 36 credit hours)
HNRS 491Honors Thesis (The student works with a faculty mentor who supervises a capstone thesis project during the student’s last year. The faculty mentor must approve the final thesis and submit approval to the Honors College dean. The dean reviews all theses before submitting certification to the registrar's office, and the honors thesis is kept in the honors library archive with permission of the student and faculty supervisor.) 23
Total Credit Hours39

Electives: To fulfill the 120 credit hours required for an undergraduate degree at WSU, the HB student completes elective courses selected with the help of the Cohen Honors College advisor or dean.