Overview of the Program
The University Honors Program emphasizes four modes of learning: Interdisciplinary, Research, Experiential and Leadership. Over the course of the program students will practice and attain proficiency in each mode of learning.
Honors students will practice interdisciplinary learning through coursework. All honors courses are interdisciplinary in scope and in practice.
In their senior year, Honors students will complete a senior thesis. The project will be guided by a faculty mentor in the student's chosen field of study. Each project will be student designed and will be publicly disseminated.
Honors students will engage in and seek out experiential learning opportunities. In applying their knowledge to practicable situations, students will develop their leadership skills.
Admission into the Program
All incoming students with cumulative ACT score of 28 or higher and a GPA of 3.5 or higher will be invited to participate in the Honors Program for their first year.
After the first year of study, students may apply for full admission into the program. This is a competitive process. An invitation to participate for the first year does not guarantee full acceptance. Students will complete their application at the end of their first year.
Students whose test scores and/or GPA did not qualify them to participate in the Honors Program for their first year may still be invited to apply through faculty nomination.
Students will track their progress in electronic portfolios.
In the portfolio, students will document their progress with each mode of learning; this should include examples of the work they are carrying out. At the end of four years, students will have a complete portfolio that will serve as evidence for their competency in each of the modes of learning.
Included in the portfolio will be a narrative of progress. Students will contribute to a narrative of their progress yearly; they will discuss their progress with each of the modes of learning. The essay will be submitted to the honors advisory council. The council will use the essay as a means of evaluating students' progress in the program and areas where they need improvement.