Requirements for the University Honors Program
Admission to the University Honors Program is highly selective. Because of the special benefits awarded to Honors students, there are a number of requirements that must be met in order to participate in the UHP.
Completion of the Honors Curriculum
The UHP curriculum, which is roughly the size of a minor, must be completed before graduation for a student to be recognized as an Honors graduate.
However, unlike a minor, your Honors requirements will also count toward your graduation requirements. With careful planning, Honors classes will not be be "extra"; in fact, they have added value because of their ability to satisfy both general education and/or degree requirements.
The Honors curriculum includes three Core Courses and Honors Elective(s):
THE HONORS CORE*
- HNRS 175: The Honors Seminar
- HNRS 275: Culture Connection
- HNRS 475 / XXX 474: The Senior Capstone (choose either a Thesis project OR Senior Seminar)
The number of Honors Electives required depends on a student's level of progress at the time he or she joins the UHP.
*More information about the curriculum, including details about the Honors Core Courses, can be found HERE.
Note: Students must earn a grade of C or higher in each Honors course to receive credit toward their UHP requirements.
Grade Point Average Requirement
To remain in good standing, all students who participate in the UHP must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.2. Those students whose GPAs fall beneath the minimum requirement will be contacted by the UHP and must meet with the Director individually.
Students who complete the Honors curriculum and graduate with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 to 3.49 are designated University Honors Program Associates, which is is noted on their transcripts. They are awarded Honors Certificates at the Honors Graduation Ceremony.
Students who complete the Honors curriculum and graduate with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher are designated University Honors Program Graduates, which is noted on their transcripts. They are awarded Honors Medallions at the Honors Graduation Ceremony.
Students are required to incorporate at least one Honors course into each semester until all their Honors requirements other than the Senior Capstone are met; however, if there are scheduling conflicts or circumstances that require a student to be away for a whole semester (e.g., study abroad program, job opportunity, or personal reasons), it is the student's responsibility to contact the UHP. Students who do not contact a staff member or schedule a meeting to develop a plan to address their lack of progress will be dropped from the Program.
If you are unable to complete an Honors course during a particular semester, please complete this form.
It is also highly encouraged for all Honors students to make an appointment with the Advisor every semester before the early registration period to ensure course selections are adequate to guarantee completion of all UHP requirements by graduation.