University of Iowa

Honors classes at Iowa allow you to build a strong foundation of knowledge through honors coursework while building relationships with your peers and faculty. Students engage in focused discussion and hands-on activities with excellent faculty and staff. In your honors classes you can expect to learn with your peers, be challenged by your instructor, and have the flexibility to approach the material in new and exciting ways.


  • New members must enroll in at least one honors class by their first fall semester in the program.
  • Entering first-years typically enroll in an Honors First-Year Seminar (HONR:1300) and/or Honors Primetime.
  • Current and transfer students can browse our offerings or look for options offered by their major. They may also contract a class for honors credit.
  • A minimum of 12 semester hours are required. These must be completed in your first four semesters in the program.*

*If students are enrolled part-time, each 12sh of coursework earned is equal to one "semester" for honors coursework deadlines.

Please note: Often courses contain the word "honors" in the title but do not count for University Honors. These are often courses that may be used towards honors in a major. University Honors courses are designated in MyUI as explained below and will typically appear on your grade report with an "H" next to the number of credits. They will also appear on your University Honors degree audit.

Find Honors Classes

On MyUI, click on "Courses" at the top, then select "Honors Courses" on the right-hand side. The page will list all honors classes available for that given semester. You can also search previous semesters to see how often a specific class is offered.

View Honors Classes

Regular Honors Offerings

You can explore regular Honors course offerings at the Univerisity of Iowa General Catalog.

View Regular Honors Offerings