Lower and Upper Division Credits

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Barrett accepts high performing, academically engaged students and works with them in collaboration with all of the units at ASU to contribute to student success. Below is a minimum set of guidelines for Barrett students. We do not expel students from Barrett for poor performance or for falling behind on requirements, but work with them to meet the requirements. We wish to work with all of the units to help students meet their requirements, as well.

Barrett students can run an Honors DARS to check the status of their honors credits. Honors credits can be accumulated in a number of ways, including independent study credits, Honors enrichment contracts, and more (see flowcharts below). Students will consult with their Barrett advisors about their progress during advising meetings. Advising appointments are mandatory for Honors students once per year.

Guide to Running Honors DARS (36)

Students who begin Barrett in their first year of college are required to complete The Human Event sequence, defend and submit an approved thesis/creative project, and earn a total of 36 honors credits (18 of which must be upper-division (300+ level courses) including 6 credits from upper-division courses outside of the major) with a minimum 3.25 ASU cumulative GPA upon graduation.

Guide to Running Honors DARS (21)

Students who begin Barrett mid-way through their undergraduate career are required to complete The History of Ideas, defend and submit an approved thesis/creative project, and earn a total of 21 upper-division honors credits (from 300+ level courses including 6 credits from upper-division courses outside of the major) with a minimum 3.25 ASU cumulative GPA upon graduation.

Please note: Transfer students who join Barrett after graduating from an Arizona Community College Honors Program are required to earn a total of 18 upper-division honors credits rather than 21. The History of Ideas and thesis/creative project remain required components of the curriculum.

Questions and Answers

Who are my advisors?
When are my mandatory Honors Advising Appointments?
Who do I talk to about my status in Barrett?
How do I get honors credit for an internship?
What resources are there for me if I'm struggling in HON 171/172 or HON 370?
I'm struggling with other courses, what can I do?

 

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Who are my advisors?

You have three different advisors. They are your Honors Advisor, your Faculty Honors Advisor (FHA), and your Major Advisor.

 

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When are my mandatory Honors Advising Appointments?

We require that you schedule an appointment once per year, but feel free to make additional appointments if you feel you need to talk to us.

 

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Who do I talk to about my status in Barrett?

Please schedule an advising appointment with your Honors Advisor and we'll be happy to talk to you about this.

 

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How do I get honors credit for an internship?

This information can be found on the Honors Credit page of this website. Please check the deadlines in the right column of the page.

 

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What resources are there for me if I'm struggling in HON 171/172 or HON 370?

Barrett has its own writing center with locations on the Tempe and Downtown campuses. Barrett students can schedule appointments and see their drop-in hours on the Barrett Writing Center webpage. Through the Colloquium, upper division students at the Polytechnic campus are trained as tutors and mentored by faculty to assist first year students with designing and implementing an effective thesis in the Human Event's signature papers. You can also use the ASU Writing Center. Services offered at these writing centers are free of charge.

 

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I'm struggling with other courses, what can I do?

ASU offers many types of free tutoring support. In addition to those resources, you should also speak with your instructors about ways that they might be able to help you succeed.

 

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