Program Requirements

Requirements for the Commonwealth Honors Program

Participants in the Framingham State University Honors Program must complete a minimum of six (6) course credits bearing the honors designation, including a RAMS First-Year Seminar with an Honors designation (HNRS) and the honors capstone course HNRS 480 Honors Program Thesis/Project. All students must complete a minimum of three (3) courses with the honors designation at Framingham State University, including HNRS 480 Honors Program Thesis/Project. 

As a condition of continued enrollment in the Honors Program, a freshman or sophomore must maintain a GPA of no less than 3.00 overall; a junior or senior must maintain a GPA of 3.20 or greater. In addition, a student must earn a minimum grade of B (3.00) in each honors course (including the thesis) in order to count toward the program requirements. Students may not go more than one semester without taking an Honors course prior to the completion of first-year and program elective requirements, but may wait to take HNRS 480 Honors Program Thesis/Project without penalty.

Contract Course Information

Most honors courses are specially designed sections of regular 100 and 200 level general education courses that also may be applied toward general education requirements. However, Students may choose to substitute one (1) upper-division course in their major program of study (300- or 400-level) for one of the elective Honors courses by submitting an honors contract in which the student and instructor devise or enhance a project within the course emphasizing advanced, independent research on a particular subject.

The form below can be used for this substitution.

Link to Contract Course Request Form

 FSU Honors Sash