Jun 22, 2024  
Fitchburg State University 2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
Fitchburg State University 2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Fitchburg State University Honors Program

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Catherine Buell

Assistant Director

Emma Downs

Objectives for the Honors Program

The Honors Program provides an enriched, stimulating set of courses for the best-prepared and most qualified students. Students will be admitted to the program in the freshman year.  Students may also apply for admission into an Honors minor in the freshman or sophomore years.

The Honors Program emphasizes the following skills and areas of expertise: conceptual and applied knowledge; communication, collaboration, and organization; problem solving and synthesizing; initiative and creativity; ethical reasoning, and citizenship and service. Students are expected to apply their learning in both the college and the larger community. A GPA of 3.3 must be maintained to continue in the program.

Criteria of Invitation to the Honors Program

Freshmen students are invited to join the Honors Program based on their high school preparation, SAT scores, or documented evidence of leadership potential.

Students may also apply for entrance into the Honors Minor. Students applying for the minor must have completed at least one semester at Fitchburg State University with a GPA of at least 3.3 and must apply for admission to the Honors Director.

Curriculum for the Honors Program

Students in the Honors Program satisfy a portion of their General Education curriculum by taking at least six Honors courses (non-thesis courses), two semesters of a language, and two semesters of an Honors Thesis for a total of 30-31 credits.

Students must take at least six courses from the list below to satisfy a portion of the general education requirements.


Additonally, Honors students take two semesters of a world language and complete a two-semester Honors Thesis.

  • World Language 1 3 cr.
  • World Language 2 3 cr.
  • HON 4990   - Honors Thesis/Project I 3 cr. and
  • HON 4991   - Honors Thesis/Project II 3 cr.

Honors Minor

The minor consists of four Honors courses (1000 or 2000 level, at least two of these classes must be at the 2000 level), HON 4990  - Honors Thesis/Project I, and HON 4991  - Honors Thesis/Project II.

Honors Transfer Students

Honors students at Massachusetts public community colleges, colleges, or universities may substitute honors courses that they have taken when joining the Honors Minor.

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