University Honors Program
University Academic Programs
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Graduate and Undergraduate Programs
Library West (LBW), Room 213
The University Honors Program exists to provide a selected group of qualified students with a unique educational experience. It unites the committed student and faculty member in a learning relationship in which each has the highest expectations of the other. The Program seeks to accomplish these goals in two ways: first, it broadens students’ intellectual horizons by encouraging them to explore areas of thought not closely related to their major fields of study; and second, it allows students to work in their major fields in greater depth than would be possible in a conventional course pattern. The work of the first two years satisfies, in part, the University’s General Education Requirements and is directed toward the first objective. The work of the Junior and Senior years, which includes independent study experiences and a senior thesis, is directed toward the second objective.
The University Honors Program is designed so that students will not only master a substantial amount of knowledge, but will also develop the capacity for balanced intellectual judgment and the powers of abstraction and conceptualization. Students will be immersed in the learning process and therefore must have both the ability and willingness to do intense and often self-directed intellectual work as well as a desire to make the most of the opportunities available in the University.
Students who successfully complete the requirements of the University Honors Program will receive a Certificate and an annotation on their transcript which mark the graduate as a person of intellectual accomplishment, one who has demonstrated a disciplined curiosity and dedication to the pursuit of knowledge.
Available within the University Honors Program are three alternatives designed to meet the varying needs of students.
1. General Honors;
2. Honors in the Major;
3. Combination of the above for which coursework prescribed for General Honors and departmental requirements for Honors in the Major are successfully satisfied.