Courses & Tutoring

The University Honors Program curriculum is the core of an honors education. It is designed to meet the needs of all our students, regardless of their major. Honors courses feature:


  • Broad and interdisciplinary focuses
  • Activities that delve deeply into intellectual traditions
  • Small class sizes
  • Distinguished instructors

Honors Courses

Honors Seminars are unique, discussion-based courses proposed by faculty on subjects within an area of their academic interest and expertise.


Departmental Honors Courses are offered by departments and colleges from across campus and take many forms.


NB: All Honors courses must be taken A–F. A grade of C- or better is required in order for the course to fulfill an Honors course requirement.

Other Courses That Fulfill Honors Experience Requirements


Honors Course Contracts

At the recommendation of an honors advisor, a student may fulfill an Honors Experience course requirement through an honors course contract. Course contracts outline additional work for a student to complete in a non-honors course—work that is qualitatively different from the regularly-required course assignments. Students may complete one honors course contract per academic year. (This information on course contracts applies only to students who began UHP prior to Fall 2018. Students beginning Fall 2018 or later should consult the "Course Add-On" section of the Current Honors Requirements.)


Grand Challenge Curriculum

The Office for Undergraduate Education has collaborated with deans and faculty to develop Grand Challenge Curriculum (GCC) courses. These courses address important global issues through a solution-driven, interdisciplinary approach to learning. Cross-disciplinary instructors bring unique perspectives to the Grand Challenge being explored. Each GCC course fulfills one Honors Experience course requirement.


Graduate Level Courses

By virtue of its graduate education mission, the University offers advanced classes at the 5xxx through 8xxx level that may be especially appropriate for Honors students to take as they seek to broaden and deepen their knowledge of their fields of interest.


Any class taken at the 6xxx, 7xxx or 8xxx level will fulfill honors course requirements. Students seeking access to a graduate-level course will need permission from the faculty member teaching the course. Students should be prepared to demonstrate their preparation when requesting permission from the instructor; they should not assume that access will be granted. Courses offered at the 5xxx level, which do not require special permission to register, may also fulfill an honors course requirement without an Honors course contract or any other verification, unless the course is regularly taken by non-Honors students to fulfill requirements in the student’s major (and selected emphasis area). Such a course, like any other undergraduate non-Honors course, can be the subject of an Honors course contract.


Completion of a sequence of two semesters of single-credit 5xxx-level music performance classes shall count as one non-course Honors experience, a reflection of the fact that music is a language. (This applies only to students who began UHP prior to Fall 2018. Students beginning Fall 2018 or later should consult the Current Honors Requirements.)


Please consult with your Honors Academic Advisor before enrolling in a graduate level course to be sure the course is appropriate.


Tutors are available in the areas of chemistry, math, and physics. Honors students in both honors and non-honors versions of these courses are encouraged to participate in these groups! All Fall 2020 tutoring will take place via Zoom. Clicking a session on the calendar below will expand the session to show details such as the Zoom link and password. You must be logged into your UMN Zoom account to join.