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Barrett Online Curriculum

The Barrett Online curriculum

The Barrett curriculum is designed to help students develop habits of mind that enable them to be lifelong learners, creative problem solvers, and participatory citizens in a democratic society. The unique honors curriculum integrates seamlessly into any ASU Online degree program. Barrett Online students work closely with their honors advisor to devise a plan for Barrett graduation that works best with their schedule and educational goals. 

Honors courses are mindfully designed to:

  • Improve the student’s ability to reason critically and communicate clearly
  • Cultivate the student’s ability to engage in intellectual discourse through reading, writing and discussion
  • Broaden the student’s historical and cultural awareness and understanding
  • Deepen awareness of the diversity of human societies and cultures
  • Instill academic breadth and discipline in preparation for more advanced study

Barrett Online curriculum requirements

Students who join Barrett Online are required to complete The History of Ideas (HON 370), defend and submit an approved honors thesis, and earn a total of 21 honors credits with a minimum 3.25 ASU cumulative GPA upon graduation.

Barrett students meet with a Barrett Honors Advisor each year to discuss an individualized plan for earning honors credit and completing honors curriculum requirements.

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