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 University Honors Program

Program Requirements

The Honors Program offers two designations for participation, University Honors with Distinction and  University Honors. Graduates of the program will be honored at commencement and will have an honors designation noted on their transcripts.

 

Distribution of Hours

University Honors with Distinction

 
Liberal Arts Core 12 hours
Honors Seminars 6   hours
Honors Electives 9   hours
Senior Honors Thesis 3   hours
  30 hours

University Honors                           

 
Honors Seminars 6   hours
Honors Electives 9   hours
Senior Honors Thesis 3   hours
  18 hours

The following is an example of the possible breakdown of required honors classes over 8 semesters. You will need to adjust this schedule to accommodate your major or minor requirements. All students should consider making an appointment with Jessica to talk about how to include Honors courses in your personal program of study.

 

University Honors with Distinction

University Honors

Year 1st Semester 2nd Semester Year 1st Semester 2nd Semester
1st Core (3) Core (3) 1st

 

2nd Elective (3) Elective (3), Seminar (3) 2nd Elective (3) Seminar (3)
3rd Seminar (3) Elective (3) 3rd Seminar (3) Elective (3)
4th Core (3), Elective (3) Thesis (3) 4th Elective (3) Thesis (3)

 

 

Maintaining Honors Status

There are two components to maintaining honors status:

1) GPA Policy:  To remain in the program, students must maintain a cumulative grade point of at least 3.30. Students who do not meet the minimum requirement will be placed on probation for one semester. During that semester a student must achieve a non-cumulative GPA of 3.30 to provide evidence of overall improvement. Such evidence of improvement, and a continued effort to raise the cumulative grade point above 3.30, will remove the student from probationary status. However, if no improvement is shown during the probationary semester, the student will be dismissed from the program. If a student wishes to re-enter the program, reapplication is necessary.

2) Active Student Policy:  To ensure sufficient progress toward an honors designation, students must maintain "active student status" by enrolling in a minimum of one honors course per academic year. Students who do not comply with this policy will be required to indicate their intent to a) enroll in future coursework, or b) discontinue program membership.

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