Fall 2020 Curriculum Overview

CHC Disciplinary Courses    Colloquia    Introduction to the Liberal Arts   Quantitative  

Research and Writing     Second Language      Thesis    UO Disciplinary Courses

The Fall 2020 curriculum incorporates greater disciplinary balance, increased flexibility in scheduling and use of AP/IB/transfer credits, more support in the early stages of the thesis process, and a new first-year course that introduces students to the intellectual culture of liberal arts scholarship in the context of an engaged seminar class. Only the first two years of the CHC’s core education requirements (courses at the 100-, 200- and 300-levels) are affected by these changes. The 400-level curriculum remains the same.  

The Rule of Thirds 

The Clark Honors College curriculum replaces university core education requirements. Students take approximately 1/3 of their classes in the honors college, another 1/3 in their major, and the last 1/3 as university electives. Generally, you will take one or two classes in the honors college each term. 

Required Courses

Introduction to Liberal Arts 

  • HC 101H  

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Second Language Requirement 

  • Two years or completion of second year, third-term proficiency, or demonstration of proficiency by examination. 

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Quantitative Requirement 

  • One course in Quantitative Reasoning or Mathematics (Area of Inquiry >4 or >5) 

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CHC Disciplinary Courses 

  • HC 221H: Arts and Letters Inquiry 
  • HC 231H: Social Science Inquiry 
  • HC 241H: Scientific Inquiry 

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UO Disciplinary Courses 

  • One UO Arts & Letters course (Area of Inquiry >1) 
  • One UO Social Science course (Area of Inquiry >2) 
  • One UO Science course (Area of Inquiry >3) 

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Research and Writing 

  • HC 301H: Research and Writing 

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400-Level Colloquia 

  • HC 421H: Arts & Letters Colloquium 
  • HC 431H: Social Science Colloquium 
  • HC 441H: Science Colloquium 
  • Two additional elective colloquia 

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  • HC 277H: Thesis Orientation 
  • HC 477H: Thesis Prospectus 

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Your Degree Guide - An Important Resource 

Your Degree Guide is found in DuckWeb and tracks your progress toward graduation. The guide monitors the university requirements, Clark Honors College requirements, and the requirements for your majors and minors, all in one place. 

The Degree Guide is a resource to assist you in course planning and degree tracking, but it is not an official guarantee of degree completion. You should always consult with your CHC and major advisors to discuss your progress and verify that you are satisfying the necessary requirements. 

Grades and Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) 

Unless pass/no-pass is the only option available, you must complete all CHC requirements with a grade of C-minus or above and maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA across all courses you take at the university. 

If your GPA slips below 3.0, you will be placed on honors college probation, and your CHC advisor will work with you to develop a plan to get you back on track. Students on probation will still be able to enroll in CHC courses and work toward completion of graduation requirements.