Honors Program

Rick Davis, Director
TAY 240
Brigham Young University-Idaho
Rexburg, ID 83460-1525 (208) 356-1253 /Academics/

Only two credits in Honors Religion may be applied toward graduation. As noted above, you need 12, not 11, credits to graduate. Three “regular” classes and a religion class will not be enough. Plan accordingly.


1. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5, ongoing. 2. Complete 12 or more credits of Honors classes, including at least one of the following core classes: HON 200 or 201; HUM 201H or 202H; PHIL 201H or 202H

The Honors Program is designed to stretch those who want to be stretched. Classes are limited to those with a GPA of 3.5 or higher, are smaller than the normal class, and topics and discussions go further and probe deeper than what might be encountered in a beginning course. Students who have taken AP courses in high school will find familiar ground in an Honors class. Expect to be challenged. Expect some extra readings. Your reward will be that sense of accomplishment and personal satisfaction that comes from going the extra mile and knowing you could do it.

If you have a 3.5 GPA (your most recent GPA, be it high school or college) you are automatically qualified to register for any course giving Honors credit. There is no official "sign up" for the Honors program-enrolling in a Honors class does this for you. We assume you won't enroll unless you have your required GPA, and such will be verified at the start of each semester.

There is a $5 per class fee to belong to the Honors Program.

We love to reward excellence: a $50 scholarship is given each semester to those who: (1)are enrolled in an Honors class that semester, and (2) who maintain a 3.5 GPA or above. Your account is automatically credited and you can use the money toward tuition, Bookstore purchases, or ask for a cash payment.

You need not be planning to graduate in Honors in order to attend an Honors class nor do you need to attend an Honors class each semester to be in the program and take part in Honors activities. Each semester will see outings, symposiums and other group activities that will allow you to rub shoulders with your peers.

Students who graduate in the Honors Program will (1) have an edge when moving on to their next university, (2) have an Honors seal applied to their diploma, (3) have Honors Program noted on their transcript and be named as such in the graduation program, and (4) be permitted to wear at graduation and keep a distinctive Honors medallion.


Honors classes are designated in two ways: either with an HON prefix (HON 202) or any regular course followed by an H (HUM 201H).

All courses being offered during a given semester will be found under the Honors section of the Class Schedule, but not all courses in this catalog are offered every semester.

There are no Honors courses offered during Summer School.

AmHer 170H* American Heritage (3:3:0)
A one semester course presenting the fundamental principles of the American Constitution, the strengths of the American free market economy, and the historical events that have shaped America’s political and economic heritage.
Note: This class fulfills a Utah State Core requirement.

BIO 100H* Principles of Biology (3:3:0)
Offered Winter semester only, so plan accordingly. A general biology course intended for non-biology majors in the honors program.This course is designed around the areas of cell chemistry and metabolism, cellular structure and function, laws of heredity, and ecology. Throughout the course students will examine scientific methods and the means through which our current body of biological knowledge has been obtained. (W)

BIO 102H* Laboratory (1:0:2)
Lab Fee: $5
Offered Winter semester only. Lab course designed to accompany BIO 100H. For Honors students only.This laboratory will examine topics covered in the BIO 100H lecture, by the use of hands on and/or inquiry based experiments and exercises. Concurrent registration in BIO 100H is mandatory. (W)

Chem 105H* General Chemistry (4:4:3)
Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in or completion of Math 110 or equivalent
High school chemistry or Chem 101 recommended
A course designed to meet the general chemistry requirements in technical fields such as engineering, life sciences, agriculture, pre-professional, etc.

Chem 105L* Chemistry in the Modern World Lab (1:0:2)
Concurrent registration in Chem 106 is mandatory, Registration is by Professor’s signature only.

Chem 106H* General Chemistry (4:4:3)
Prerequisite: Chem 105 and completion of Math 110
A course designed to meet the general chemistry requirements in technical fields such as engineering, life sciences, agriculture, pre-professional, etc.

Chem 106L* Chemistry in the Modern World Lab (1:0:2)
Concurrent registration in Chem 106 is mandatory, Registration is by Professor’s signature only.

Comm 220H* Interpersonal Communications (3:3:0)
Explores the many facets of the interpersonal process with emphasis on improving relational skills. Designed especially for the student who will only take one communication course.

Econ 111H* Principles of Macroeconomics (3:3:0)
Using a historical approach, this course examines societies' attempt to deal with the economic problem of scarcity. Particular emphasis is placed on the Keynesian, Classical, and Neo-Classical models.

Eng 111H* College Writing (3:3:0)
Requires eight expository and argumentative essays. Emphasis on learning to manage the composing process and to write proficiently on a college level.

Eng 311H* Advanced Writing and Argumentation (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Eng 111 or 111C and 22 credit hours or sophomore standing
Requires six analytical essays including summaries, resource papers, critical analyses, and arguments. Emphasis on writing expository and argumentative essays and the literal, analytical, and critical interpretation of college level reading.

Eng 373H* Shakespeare (3:3:0)
Read seven of Shakespeare's famous plays; write, discuss, and dramatize scenes as you discover for yourself why he is considered the greatest writer in the English language.

Faml 210H* Child Development (3:3:0)
A theoretical, academically oriented course focusing on the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development of the child from conception through adolescence. Influences of family, peers, and social institutions on the child’s development will be discussed. Observations in the child lab may be required.

Hist 300H Writing and Research in History (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Word processing skills
Introduction to the nature and philosophy of history with emphasis on developing the research and writing skills needed for various types of historical studies.

Hon 200* Readings in Western Culture: Ancient World (3:3:0)
An examination of selected primary works of the Hebrew, Greek, Roman, and Medieval periods with historical setting and thematic structure provided by three lectures per week. Areas considered include literature, history, and philosophy.

Hon 201* Readings in Western Culture: Modern World (3:3:0)
A continuation of Honors 200 Renaissance to the present.

Hon 206F* Arab-Israeli Conflict (3:3:0)
What are the underlying problems in the Middle East and can they be solved? Can a *true and lasting* peace ever be achieved? The course will investigate the social, political and cultural roots of conflict in this region, with emphasis on current events.

Hon 207E* Behavior and Society (3:3:0)
(Family & Culture emphasis)
In order to understand the complexities of family life today, one must be aware of the diversity of family structure and function in the global community. This course will investigate how culture, religion and gender impact on family systems both historically and cross-culturally.

Hon 220* Philosophy/Ethics (3:3:0)
A deep probing of selected moral and ethical dilemmas in today’s society. The course will examine the ethical standards of other societies and compare them to our own. Readings will focus on philosophy and law as statements of ethical policy. What lies behind the choices we make?

Hon 221 C. S. Lewis (3:3:0)
An extensive overview of the man, his writings and his philosophy.

Hon 222 C.S. Lewis and C. Terry Warner (3:3:0)
This course will explore the writings of C. S. Lewis and philosopher C. Terry Warner to understand how contemporary views about thinking and feeling influence men and women to "betray themselves" by seeking to justify self-centered motives.

Hon 241 Biblical Hebrew I (3:3:0)
Beginning Biblical Hebrew emphasizing reading and grammar. This course assumes no prior knowledge of the Hebrew language.

Hon 242 Biblical Hebrew II (3:3:0)
The study Biblical Hebrew through reading and translating various chapters from the Hebrew Bible. This course assumes some knowledge of the Hebrew language.

Hon 243 Latin I (3:3:0)
An introduction to Latin. Beginners and students with less than one year of high school Latin should register for this class. Vocabulary building, grammar, reading, and basic composition. (F)

Hon 244 Latin II (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Hon 243 Latin I or equivalent first-semester Latin course, or one year of high school Latin
Second-semester Latin. Reading Latin prose writers and study of Roman culture. (W)

Hon 245 New Testament Greek I (3:3:0)
An introduction to Classical and New Testament Greek. Includes readings from the Greek New Testament.

Hon 246 New Testament Greek II (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Hon 245 or equivalent first-semester Greek course
Second semester classical and New Testament Greek. Includes readings from the Greek New Testament and an introduction to scholarly resources for New Testament study.

Hon 248 Arabic Language and Culture I (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: none
Beginning Arabic. Introduction to the Arabic alphabet and grammar, plus extensive discussions of the culture.

Hon 249 Arabic Language and Culture II (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Hon 248 or equivalent
Intermediate Arabic
Continued study of the alphabet and grammar. Selected readings and an in depth look at the culture.

Hum 101H* Introduction to Humanities (3:3:0)
Designed to give the students a broad overview of painting, sculpture, music, literature, architecture and film. The course shows how the arts reflect mankind’s attempt to find meaning and fulfillment in life.

Hum 201H*Western Culture: Greeks to Renaissance (3:3:0)
NOTE: Taking both HUM 201 and 202 will count as Arts and Letters, completing your requirement at BYU-I
An in-depth study of the development of Western civilization, examining both the arts and thought of Greece, Rome, and Medieval Europe within historical, religious, and philosophical contexts.

Hum 202H*Western Culture: Renaissance to Modern (3:3:0)
No Prerequisite
A continuation of Hum 201, with examination of the development of Western thought as expressed in both the arts and intellectual viewpoints of the day. Covers from the Renaissance to the present.

Math 110H* College Algebra (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Two years of high school algebra or Math 101
Functions, polynomials, theory of equations, exponential and logarithmic functions, matrices, determinants, systems of linear equations, sequences and series and their applications. The Honors section will have a special emphasis on using functions to model change and will use a modern text produced by the Consortium for Calculus Reform based at Harvard University. A graphing calculator is required (HP 48G or TI 86).

Phil 110H* Introduction to Philosophy (3:3:0)
An introduction to philosophic thought through careful reasoning on such topics as reality, knowledge, truth, religion, self-identity, mind, body, freedom, ethics, justice, and beauty. Students will practice articulating, assessing, and rationally defending positions on philosophical issues. Includes careful examination of ancient and modern philosophical texts.

Phil 201H* Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (3:3:0)
History of western philosophy from Greek antiquity through the Middle Ages. An examination of its historical development and leading texts.

Phil 202H* Modern Philosophy (3:3:0)
History of western philosophy from the Renaissance to the present. An examination of its historical development and leading texts.

Phil 213H* History of Religious Thought (3:3:0)
Introduction to and evaluation of major ethical theories and their application to contemporary moral issues. Emphasizes practice in moral reasoning.

Phil 215H* Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion (3:3:0)
Introduction to reasoning on philosophical issues regarding the existence and nature of God, religious experience, faith, religious knowledge, and the religious life.

Rel 121H* Book of Mormon (2:2:0)
A complete overview of the first half of the Book of Mormon, taught chronologically, not topically.

Rel 122H* Book of Mormon (2:2:0)
A complete overview of the second half of the Book of Mormon, taught chronologically, not topically.

Rel 201H* Old Testament (2:2:0)
From Genesis to 2nd Samuel, covering the major events and the prophets and their teachings.

Rel 202H* Old Testament (2:2:0)
Second half of Old Testament, from 1 Kings through Malachi, covering the major events and the prophets and their teachings.

Soc 112H* Modern Social Problems (3:3:0)
This course is designed to acquaint the student with current social problems and suggests possible means of prevention and/or solution. Examples of possible study areas are population, poverty, crime, family breakup, suicide, war, extremism, racial problems, mental illness, etc.

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