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Honors courses are offered in dozens of departments across campus.  For current offerings, visit with an Honors advisor or search for Honors courses here: https://classes.ku.edu (select 'Options' and filter by 'Only honors courses').  Here are a few courses offered directly by Honors on a regular basis:

HNRS 250. Citizen Philanthropy: An Introduction to the Nonprofit World

This interdisciplinary course explores the historical and economic roots of citizen generosity and the role of the nonprofit/philanthropic sector. This service learning course combines volunteer experiences and public service internships with research and exploration of the missions and ethical orientations of nonprofit organizations. The course is designed to explore the social and the ethical contexts of the nonprofit sector with opportunities to demonstrate social and civic responsibility.

HNRS 370. Personal Writing Seminar

This seminar helps students develop their personal writing abilities. Students analyze language and rhetorical choices in the genre of the personal essay. Students demonstrate rhetorical flexibility within the genre, considering audience, purpose, and application of the material. Requires permission of the University Honors Program.

HNRS 380. Critical Thinking and Advocacy Seminar

The focus of this class is on honing the two basic skills of critical thinking and advocacy. In this seminar, students develop a basic system for critical analysis that can be applied generally; test that critical analysis system in a series of practicums to develop the skills necessary to apply it; and develop a basic system for designing effective and ethical persuasive messages. Requires permission of the University Honors Program.

HNRS 492. Health and Health Care: The American Model from Origins to the Present

This course is intended to be an interdisciplinary analysis of both the historical origins and present currents within American Health and Health Care. This is an integrated study of historical, political, economic, and professional influences which underlie the character and nature of our current system. The course is modeled as a seminar and intended for potential health care professionals and others interested in the health care system and its effects on American society.

HRNS 492. The Professions in 2019

Wisdom, Duty, Ethics, and Empathy or Power and Money: An interdisciplinary look at what has happened in the last 4-5 decades within those entities we call the professions. This is intended as a mixed seminar of upper level students who are about to embark on careers in law/political science, health care, STEM, and/or education. The hope is for an honest interchange—to put their professional thoughts and goals out for discussion among differing peers. In this course we will also feature weekly outside experts from among practicing professionals.

HNRS 492. Exploring the American Legal System

In the United States, our courts play a unique role in resolving private and political disputes. In this tutorial, students will learn about the U.S. legal system and the role lawyers play in that system. Students will spend the first portion of the term learning the basic elements of legal reasoning and argumentation in a law-school, Socratic-method environment. During the remainder of the term, students will brief and orally argue several cases. Topics will range from constitutional law to legislation to the common law, providing the students with an introduction to the breadth of our legal system. Students not arguing in any given week will serve as judges of the court, asking questions of “counsel” and rendering judgments of the court. Readings will be almost entirely case-law based and delivered to students electronically after the first day of class.


Course offerings are “among the most comprehensive in the nation,” according to “A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs”
98% of University Honors Program graduates are employed or accepted to graduate school within six months of graduation
40% of students in the University Honors Program conduct research before graduation
9 to 1: Average ratio of KU honors students to faculty advisors
1 of only 7 programs nationwide to receive a top rating from “A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs” in 2014
60% of University Honors Program students study abroad
KU honors students select their advisors from top-ranked KU faculty
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