Frequently Asked QuestionsHow are Credo courses different than other courses?
Credo courses are generally team taught by two faculty members and designed for high-ability, highly motivated students. Credo faculty do not assume you will be experts on the course subjects, but do expect active participation. These honors courses do not cover more material than other courses, nor are they advanced major courses for non-major students.
How will Credo courses affect my grade point average?
Credo faculty do not wish to penalize you for being part of an honors program. Work is evaluated by the same standards that apply in non-honors courses.
Can I take a Credo course if I’m not in the Credo program?
Only Credo students can register for Credo courses. If after the first day of class there is space available in a Credo course, non-Credo students may enroll with the permission of the faculty.
Are Credo courses “instead of” or “in addition to” my regular course work?
As a Credo student, you can fulfill many of your Core Curriculum requirements, including four exploration courses and one foundation course, by taking Credo courses. In some special cases, you may need to take one or two additional courses in order to complete your major and fulfill the Credo requirements.
Will I receive any recognition for completing the Credo program?
A permanent notation is placed on your academic transcript indicating you successfully completed the Credo Honors Program. Credo graduates receive special recognition during Commencement and the Honors Convocation.
How many Credo courses are required?
A total of five Credo courses are required, including four exploration courses and one foundation course, along with a capstone project that is typically the seminar course in your major.
Do I have to take a Credo course during my freshman year?
Yes. You must register for a Credo Inquiry Seminar. Inquiry Seminars are required courses for Concordia freshmen that offer them unique opportunities to explore topics they are interested in. The Credo Inquiry Seminars are also designed to introduce you to the Credo Honors Program.
Am I required to spend a semester abroad with the program?
No. The study abroad component to Credo is optional.
What are the requirements for the capstone project?
The Credo program is designed to encourage honors work not only in the courses outside of your major but also within your specific area of study. Credo students are consequently required to satisfactorily complete a capstone project during their junior or senior year. This project is typically the seminar course in your major, but could be another project as approved by the Credo program director. The project must be significant honors work at the junior or senior level.
Can I complete my major and the Credo program in four years?
Most students can complete their major(s), minor(s) and the Credo program in their four years at Concordia. Nevertheless, it can require some careful planning, especially if you choose to study abroad through the program.