Honors Courses


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In an honors course, you'll get the facts and something more - an invitation to dig deep and think critically. Honors courses tend to be smaller, more in-depth and designed to spark individual exploration of a topic. In your first year or two you'll have the opportunity to take honors sections of core courses in math and science and in the humanities, such as the highly regarded Honors Humanities program (H2P), a three-semester seminar on world civilizations taught by an interdisciplinary team of professors.

Signature Seminars

In these interdisciplinary seminars top professors and campus leaders  invite a select group of students into their world of amazing research. Past and current offerings include:


We will soon be accepting applications for our Fall 2019 Signature Seminars. For future seminars, we're considering a wide range of topics, from hunger to resilient design.

Retro Readings

In these courses students receive a “Great Books” experience, the hallmark of a liberal arts education. Faculty experts partner with honors students from all colleges in a 75-minute, seminar-style discussion in which they view classic works through a contemporary lens. Courses may focus on an author, an artist, a composer or even a revolutionary idea. Past and current courses featured the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and Charles Darwin, and in fall 2018 we offered courses on the Bible and Fulbright Internationalism. Next spring students will be able to choose from three course offerings, on Angling in literature, Presidential Speeches, and the Quran.


This series brings star faculty and top administrators together with honors students to discuss trending issues, from the 2016 presidential election to leadership roles at a flagship university. In fall 2018, students explored the rich world of Arkansas business with the help of executives from across the state, including Governor Asa Hutchinson. More recently we guided students through the intricacies of the first year of the Trump presidency in our Trump 365 course, and this fall we are taking a close look at Midterm Elections and Arkansas' Entrepreneurs. Next spring, we are partnering with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art to offer a forum on how to run a Museum. We will also be offering a timely and intricate course on Climate Change, as well as a course examining the creation of a Smart Campus.

Honors Passport

This signature faculty-led Honors College study abroad experience engages students with world history, art and culture in its natural habitat. Each course coincides with one of the university's intersession terms, providing students with an immersive two-week experience that won't interfere with their busy regular academic schedule. Past trips have focused on opera and the Hapsburg Empire in Vienna and Prague, the intertwining of history and tourism in Peru, and the legacy and mystique of medieval pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago in France and Spain. Future Honors Passport trips to Sicily, Mexico and India are in the planning stages.

Interdisciplinary Courses

In the past 10 years, we have helped to develop 30 interdisciplinary courses with more than $500,000 in startup funding. Topics range from the drug development process to music, language and thought, and give you a great opportunity to consider big issues from several points of view. 


The U of A also offers a diverse range of colloquia: you can develop hands-on expertise managing a $5 million portfolio, participate in an oral history project or broaden your perspective with a course on space exploration.

Courses change from year to year.

 Among the recent offerings: 

  • Entrepreneurship/New Venture Development 

  • Quantum Reality and the Spiritual Quest

  • Chemical Engineering Design II (students develop environmental projects, for example production of butanol fuel from algae, and enter them in national competitions)

  • The South in History, Literature and Film

  • Mathematical Design and Manufacturing

  • Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy and Culture

  • Health Coaches

  • Rivers in Peril

  • Leadership in Food Policy

  • Cool Books about Stuff that Really Happened (Creative Nonfiction)

  • Sustainable Logistics and Supply Chain Management

  • Nanotechnology Lab

For more information on courses offered in your major, talk to your honors program director.