Components of the Program:

Honors Component Courses:

Honors modules embedded in regular courses allow students to study selected topics in more depth than would ordinarily take place.  Students elect in conjunction with the professor, which courses they wish to enhance in this way.

Honors Seminar Courses:

The Honors Program launches students’ undergraduate careers with a sequence of two credit, discussion-based courses that connect students to the tradition of liberal studies and to each other.  In these courses, taught by faculty from throughout the university, students get to know their instructors and their classmates.

In their freshman year students get acquainted with the university honors program and set up a plan for academic success while exploring several topics under the Theory of Knowledge.

In their sophomore year students get prepared to design a capstone project and reconnect in weekly seminars where they discuss a particular theme.

In their junior and senior years, Honors students reconnect in weekly seminars where they discuss a particular topic and share perspectives shaped by their work in their majors.  Students get to elect if they wish to complete this last course in their junior or senior year.

Capstone Project: 

A project, inquiry, or investigation conducted by a student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.  This project is completed with advising and collaboration of a faculty mentor advisor, an outside department faculty committee member, and an optional outside the university committee member.  Deadlines for a preproposal and a full proposal of the capstone projects are set by the student’s junior year.

Academic Requirements:

Honors students must maintain a 3.4 GPA/Composite Score

Internship/Study Abroad/Fieldwork Requirement

Honors students must fulfill this requirement by completing an internship, study abroad program, or fieldwork at a minimum of 75 hours.

Honors Community Service

80 hours total/(20 per year) minimum

Honors Opportunities:

Offers a sense of community among highly motivated student scholars.

Personalized educational experience.

An opportunity to work closely with a research/capstone mentor.

Honors students are future leaders.  Opportunities are available to be involved in Tutoring, Campus Leadership, University Ambassador Program and University Honors Committee.

Priority Registration.

The social side of the Honors Program includes a variety of semester events and cultural activities, a student run club, and a student ambassador program.

Honors-related academic advising.

Grant Opportunities.

Honors designation on Transcript, Diploma, and Graduation announcement.

Honors credentials, including excellent grades, leadership skills, and a capstone/thesis project can make students more desirable to employers, as well as an excellent springboard into graduate programs, law school, and medical/veterinary school.