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Freshman Honors Seminars

In their first year, all students are required to enroll in a 1-credit hour First Year Honors seminar (HNRS 190) that serves as an introduction to the Honors Program, the resources offered by the University of Kansas, and a specific academic topic.

While closely examining a specific topic, students develop their skills in research, reading, writing, and in-depth discussion. The instructor of the seminar serves as the Honors Faculty Mentor for the enrolled students.

Students must enroll in the seminar in the fall semester of their freshman year; seminars are required for students to complete their degree with University Honors.  Transfer students will enroll in a transfer seminar (HNRS 195) during their first semester in the Honors Program.

Check back later this Spring for a listing of Fall 2019 seminars!


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
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