University Integrative Studies Substitution Summary

Honors College members are required to complete the following courses in general education (each course must be 3-4 credits):

• 1 course in introductory writing
• 2 courses in the area of the arts and humanities
• 2 courses in the area of the social sciences
• 2 courses (lecture classes) in the area of the natural sciences

University Lab and University Diversity Distribution requirements linked to University Integrative Studies are eligible to be waived upon completion of all substitutions and approval by an Honors College academic advisor. Even so, the Honors College encourages students to engage in international/multicultural diversity opportunities via General Education coursework.

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This summary (last updated June 27, 2019) provides a starting point for planning substitution courses for IAH, ISS, ISB, and ISP, but is not an exhaustive list. All courses intended to meet Honors College University Integrative Studies substitutions must be approved via the Honors College Academic Progress Plan (HCAPP).

Only HONORS SECTIONS in IAH, ISS, ISB and ISP departments ARE acceptable in fulfilling University Integrative Studies requirements.

HONORS OPTIONS in Integrative Studies courses WILL NOT fulfill University Integrative Studies requirements.

1 course in WRITING (replaces WRA 101) - WRA 195H or an approved departmental course in consultation with an Honors College advisor. This should cover composition, critical reading and research skill development.
2 courses in ARTS & HUMANITIES area (replaces IAH)
  • Philosophy - PHL 130 and above
  • Political Philosophy - only PLS 170, 371, 372
  • Religious Studies - REL 150 and above
  • Linguistics - LIN 200, 225, 401 plus some additional 400-level courses
  • Music and Theater - *MUS/THR with history, literature or culture focus: MUS 211, 212; THR 110N, 330, 350
  • History of Art - most HA
  • English - ENG 210 and above
  • *World Languages - only 300-level with history, literature or culture focus
  • History - HST 140 and above (excluding 201)
  • Anthropology - ANP Archaeology courses only i.e. 203, 264
2 courses in SOCIAL SCIENCE area (replaces ISS)
  • Psychology – most courses PSY 200 and above (PSY 101H – Honors Section only)
  • Human Development & Family Studies – HDFS 211, 212, 225 plus some 300-400 level
  • Social Work – SW 200
  • Economics – most EC
  • Political Science – PLS 160 and above (excluding 201 and 202)
  • Sociology – most SOC courses 131 and above
  • Criminal Justice – CJ 220, 275, plus some 300-400 level
  • Anthropology – most ANP excluding 200 & 205
  • Geography –  most GEO courses 200 and above (excluding technical courses, i.e., 221, 324, etc.)
2 courses in NATURAL SCIENCE area (replaces ISB/ISP)
  • Biological Sciences – BS, MMG, PSL, IBIO
  • MMG 141
  • ENT 205
  • PLB 105
  • Physical/Earth Sciences - CEM, GLG, PHY
  • GEO 203 and 206


  • CJ 210
  • ANP 206
  • PSY 209
  • *Courses that are not acceptable: skill-based/practice-based (i.e. music performance, language-learning); research methodology; required on the primary degree.

  • Substitution courses must be 3-4 credits and above the introductory level.

  • A syllabus may need to be submitted to your Honors College advisor for “Special Topics” courses.