The goal of the curriculum is to provide students with a well-rounded education and, at the same time, to give them a chance to follow their own academic, professional or creative interests. Depending on the degree program, there are two tracks for the University Honors Program: bachelor's and associate.
Foundation courses are general education classes with an honors component. With the exception of Honors English 101 and 201, this component is usually fulfilled through small-group seminar work outside of the regular class with the faculty member and small cohort of UHON students. In these courses, students are exposed to additional concepts, ideas, and theories not normally addressed in an undergraduate classroom. For those with scheduling conflicts and for those entering the program after their first semester, arrangements can be made to satisfy this requirement by special contract with an instructor in a regular section of a class. Foundation courses count toward general education requirements for graduation.
Honors Intermediate Credits
To fulfill the intermediate requirements, University Honors students either contract with faculty members to complete honors-level work in upper-level courses in their majors or they complete two semesters of non-English language. For the sake of reaching a solid level of proficiency, students who pursue language are encouraged to take courses in the same language.
Designed as intensive seminars, these courses are unique to the University Honors Program. They are mid-level courses that assume no prior background in the area and generally require research, an oral presentation, and at least one major paper. Topics are selected by student vote and are announced at least a year in advance.
Honors Capstone Project
As an opportunity to direct their own research, creative activity, service project, or study abroad experience, students complete and defend a capstone project under the mentorship of a chosen faculty member and the honors director. The capstone proposal is approved by the Honors Advisory Council and the student scholar completes HON 498: Capstone Research. The project concludes with a traditional defense before graduation.
The program accepts all credits received by AP or dual-enrollment.