Honors-in-Major Requirements

  1. Students are required to maintain an overall 3.40 grade point average and a 3.40 in major coursework.
  2. Students will complete a total of 16 credits including the Honors Senior Thesis to meet Equine Studies B.S. Honors-in-Major requirements. Usually 8-12 credits come from course work and 4-8 come from the completion of the Honors Senior Thesis. Many courses required for the Equine Studies major can be designated as Honors courses, with the consent of the course instructor. In order to justify the Honors designation, the instructor will likely implement additional assignments such as readings, writing, laboratory or field experiences or classroom presentations. In order to receive credit for an Honors designation, the student must achieve at least a B- grade in the course.
  3. Students must choose 2-3 courses from the following courses and designate them as Honors (8-12 credits):
    • ANSC 504H Equine Science
    • ANSC 620H Equine Diseases
    • ANSC 640H Principles of Riding Instruction
    • ANSC 641H Principles of Dressage Instruction
    • ANSC 642H Principles of Jumping Instruction
    • ANSC 643H Principles of Therapeutic Riding Instruction
    • ANSC 724H Reproductive Management & AI
    • ANSC 725H Equine Sports Medicine
    • KIN 798H Equine Facilitated Mental Health

    Additional courses may be considered for Equine Studies Honors-in-Major requirements with the approval of the Honors-in-Major coordinator.

  4. Students must complete ANSC 799 - Honors Senior Thesis. 4-8 credits total are required over the course of two semesters.

    Thesis work must encompass two consecutive semesters of 1-4 credits each semester, and the student should expect to spend 2-3 hours per week for each hour of course credit. Students will receive a grade for the course. A “B” or better on the thesis is required for completion of Honors in Major.

    The student (through their own initiative) must identify a faculty mentor to supervise thesis work, which will involve investigation of some aspect of Equine Studies that considers and applies the student's classroom education and potential career opportunities. A written thesis and public presentation of the thesis work are typically expected for successful completion of this requirement. It is strongly recommended that the student identify a faculty mentor and begin planning the thesis work by the end of the junior year.

In order to enroll in ANSC 799, students must obtain a permission slip from the Equine Honors Program Coordinator (Sarah Rigg).