Baccalaureate degrees require a minimum of 48 (54 for Bachelor of Arts) hours of general education courses (Honors Concentration and General Concentration) in the total of 128 hours.

For a full description please view the academic bulletin.


48-56 hours

Honors Concentration―28 hours
Core―12 hours
HONS 125 Western Culture I 3
HONS 126 Western Culture II 3
HONS 215 Self and Society 3
HONS 325 Science and Religion or BIOL 477 3
Seminars―9 hours
Select three of the following seminars: (One seminar will be taken abroad the United States. Students may take no more than one Topics course to fulfill this requirement.)
HONS 246 Freedom and Responsibility 3
HONS 265 Conflict and Peacemaking 3
HONS 287 Topics 3
HONS 335 Wealth and Poverty 3
HONS 345 The Global Environment 3
Research―7 hours
HONS 112 Research and Composition 3
HONS 398 Research Methods 2
HONS 498 Honors Thesis (152 KB PDF) 1-3
General Concentration―20-28 hours
CORE 108 Core and Connections--1 hour Required for all freshmen and transfer students with less than 24 hours. 1
Communication―3-5 hours  
ENGL 111 College Writing I 3
COMM 105 Public Speaking 2
Religion―6 hours
RELT 205 Developing the Christian Mind or RELT 141 Christian Beliefs 3
One RELB course or HONS 360 3
Science―4 hours
Select a science laboratory course from
BIOL 111, BIOL 151, CHEM 151 or PHYS 151 4
Mathematics―3 hours
MATH 121 or above  3
(MATH 122 recommended)
Health and Human Performance―3 hours
HHPA 155 Concepts of Wellness 2
One HHPA Activity course 1
Foreign Language―6 hours
(Required for B.A. degree only)
Beginning foreign language 3, 3
Students who have completed two years of a foreign language in high school have also completed this requirement.

Honors Thesis

Honors Thesis (152 KB PDF)
Graduates will employ critical thinking and/or creativity to pursue in-depth study in an area of their choice. Each Union Scholar, in consultation with the director, will choose a study advisor for his or her field. A proposal for the thesis must be submitted to and approved by the Union Scholars Advisory Committee. Evaluation of the project will be done by a committee consisting of the director and the student's advisory committee

Union Scholars Service Component Projects- 80 Hours

The Union Scholars honors program is centered on learning
about global issues and seeking solutions to major problems the world faces. Learning to serve is a major component in finding solutions, so each Union Scholar will be involved in at least 10 hours of community service each semester for a total of 80 hours during their four-year tenure at Union College.

Application Requirements

· Completion of Union Scholars Application.
· A minimum high school cumulative GPA of 3.50 for entering freshmen.
· A minimum composite ACT score of 24 or equivalent.
· A minimum college cumulative GPA of 3.33 for transfer students and current Union College students.
To earn an honors diploma from Union College, students who transfer into the Union Scholars program must complete a minimum of ten hours in the Union Scholars Honors Concentration.

Maintaining Membership

To continue as a Union Scholar a student must fulfill the following:
· Enroll in the appropriate honors sequence courses and receive a B average (3.00) or higher in these.
· Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.33.
· Report all volunteer service prior to final exams each spring.
A student who receives a notification of discontinuance in the program may reapply to Union Scholars after these membership conditions have been fulfilled.

Transfer Policy

Students may transfer into the honors program at the director's discretion in a manner that is in agreement with the honors concentration. Transfer students will enter into the program via academic petitions to accommodate completion of honors requirements.