keystone Honors Academy curriculum

The Keystone Honors Academy, like the University, takes a holistic approach to student development, and seeks to graduate students with the habits of mind, practice, and heart to be visionary leaders and responsible citizens of this globalized 21st century. As the University strives to compete in a highly competitive market for high academic achievers, the Honors Academy Curriculum is designed to meet the needs, engage and prepare these talented students. The Honors Curriculum at CU is grounded in our understanding that high achievers among the millennial generation expect and demand the fullest academic honors experience and associated perquisites possible in order to compete for advanced graduate study and for professional placement.

The Honors Curriculum at CU follows a hybrid model, including a core of required honors courses, addendum courses that allow students to take an upper-level course (additional assignments beyond those ordinarily required in the course), a senior thesis/project and a service requirement. Students must maintain a minimum of a B average each semester. A total of 20 credit hours in honors courses and completion of an honors thesis/project are required for receipt of honors designation on the diploma. Students transferring to Cheyney from honors programs may be evaluated to determine if coursework satisfies Cheyney’s honors curriculum requirements.


Required Honors Core
Honors students seeking honors designation on the diploma are required to complete the following honors core courses. The required honors core courses will be used as the free electives that each academic major allows, and all satisfy the requirements of the general education curriculum. Six credit hours are within the student’s major, and are taken as addenda courses. These courses result in a senior honors thesis or project.

First Year:
(1) Honors First Year Seminar I
(1) Honors First Year Seminar 2
(3) Honors English II – H-HEN113
(3) Honors Critical Thinking – H-HPH110

Sophomore Year:
(3) Honors African American Experience in the Global Context
(3) Honors coursework in a discipline which incorporates service learning components

Junior Year:
(3) 300 or 400 Level Writing Intensive Course within Student’s Major (Addendum)
Addendum Contract - Junior Year

Senior Year:
(3) Capstone Course with Honors Thesis/Project (Addendum)
Honors Curriculum Rubric 
Thesis Proposal Form