The University Honors College provides students of high academic ability in all majors an opportunity to enhance their college educational experience with challenging and provocative courses as well as opportunities for cultural enrichment, semester internships, and study abroad programs. Honors faculty, the honors dean, and the honors assistant dean, comprise the Honors Advisory Council, which plans and executes extracurricular activities, including luncheons, service projects, and cultural events. Selected alumni and friends of the Honors College comprise the Honors College Advisory Board, which provides strategic advice and feedback about the program.
Applications for the Honors College must complete the online Honors College Application. Acceptance in the Honors College is based on the following criteria:
Honors applicants who meet these criteria are reviewed by a faculty committee and may be offered admission into the Honors College. Scholarship amounts for Honors College students are determined after a review of the complete honors application package.
Qualifying students from any major can be admitted into the Honors College. Honors students select from two academic tracks in the Honors College curriculum.
Honors College Graduate (24 hours)
Honors College Scholar (30 hours)
To graduate as an Honors College Scholar, students must complete the Honors Thesis Program. Students must apply and be accepted to the Honors Thesis Program before earning 90 credit hours or one year prior to graduation.
The Honors Thesis Program requires students to complete HON 1154 (Freshman Honors Seminar), HON 3154 (Junior Honors Seminar), and HON 4182 (Honors Thesis). HON 3154 and 4182 are taken concurrently.
Students who enter the honors program will receive advanced standing credit as follows.
Only courses that are accepted as honors credit will apply toward the 24 hour honors course requirement. Students with 60 or more hours of credit must complete a minimum of 12 hours of honors courses offered at the university to be named Honors College Graduates. Students with 60 or more hours of credit must complete a minimum of 12 hours of honors courses offered at the university and the Honors Thesis Program to be named Honors College Scholars.
The Honors Studies Minor is interdisciplinary. Students from outside the Honors College may pursue this minor. Lower level courses must be Honors (HON or (H)). Upper level courses must be Honors (HON or (H)) or contracted as Honors courses. See Honors College personnel for more information.