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. 

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This summary (last updated March 9, 2022) 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 HC University Requirements Substitution Request.

The Honors College deeply values diversity, equity, and inclusion as noted in our Statement of Values. In the spirit of University Diversity Distribution requirement, while not required for Honors College students at this time, we strongly encourage you to seek integrative studies substitutions that will broaden your understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Please review the DEI-specific IS Substitutions Sheet for possible substitutions and/or speak to your advisors about elective courses that explore national & international/multicultural diversity.

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
  • Women's Studies - most WS 201 & above
  • Linguistics - LIN 200, 225, 401 plus some 400-level
  • Music and Theater - *MUS/THR w/History, Literature or Culture focus: MUS 211, 212; THR 110N, 330, 350
  • History of Art - most HA, excluding HA100
  • Women's Studies - most WS courses 201 & above
  • English - ENG 204, 206, 210, 211H, 218, 231 & 280 and above
  • World Languages - only 3-400-level w/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 excluding 295, (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 & above excluding 201 and 202
  • Sociology – most SOC courses 131 & above
  • Criminal Justice – CJ 220, 275, plus some 300-400 level
  • Anthropology – most ANP excluding 205
  • Geography –  most GEO courses 200 and above excluding technical courses 221 and 324
2 courses in NATURAL SCIENCE area (replaces ISB/ISP)
  • Biological Sciences – BS, MMG, PSL, IBIO
  • MMG 141, 201
  • ENT 205
  • PLB 105
  • Physical/Earth Sciences - CEM, GLG, PHY
  • GEO 203, 206, 302 & 303


  • 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 three to four credits and above the introductory level.

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