Definition of honours course in English:

honours course

(US honors course)


  • 1(in the UK) a course of degree studies more specialized than for an ordinary pass.

    ‘a BA Honours course in Art and Design’
    • ‘Some subjects also offer you the option to specialize in your final year, and single honours courses are also available.’
    • ‘Having made her decision to complete the mathematics honours course, she was fortunate to meet fellow student V C Morton.’
    • ‘He helped to establish an honours group in history by offering an honours course in his own subject of constitutional law.’
    • ‘The university said it planned to set up some three-year honours courses.’
    • ‘He despaired of getting any intellectual stimulus from the hired coaches who crammed undergraduates for the two traditionally prestigious honours courses.’
    • ‘She registered for the honours course in the School of Zoology.’
    • ‘Though ineligible for admission to the honours courses, he applied for the BA programme and was accepted.’
    • ‘He has just ended his estimable academic career teaching an honours course on Lear.’
    • ‘He prepared editions of some of the texts newly introduced as set books for university honours courses.’
    • ‘His reorganization of the academic year and establishment of a division between pass and honours courses lasted for over a century.’
    1. 1.1 (in the US) an academic course reserved for students meeting certain advanced requirements.
      ‘the junior improved his GPA from 1.5 to 3.3 and now takes honors courses’