The Honors Program allows students to expand their abilities at a pace that challenges without frustration and also connects them to their social world in order to overcome intellectual isolation. Students with intellectual curiosity, demonstrated aptitude, and a concern for how academic pursuits inform social change will find a home in the Honors Program.
As an Honors student, you experience specially designed Liberal Arts Curriculum courses populated with peers. You share an honors seminar. You select a capstone experience that allows you to explore novel ideas on a sustained basis. The innovative nature of these capstone experiences offers you a unique Honors Program.
Honors students take three one-credit honors seminars within four years, four honors selections of liberal arts courses, and other designated courses. Honors students are required to successfully complete a minimum of 3 credits in an honors-designated course in each academic year unless all Honors course requirements (except SHP 301 ) have been met. Three options for the honors capstone experience offer a variety of choices. All capstone experiences require evidence of scholarly research and a public presentation.
Students in the Physician Assistant (B.S.M.S.), Engineering (3 plus), Osteopathic Medicine (3+4), Pre-Law, and Pharmacy programs are not eligible for the Honors program.
The three options for the honors capstone experience are:
Project Capstone, an independent study under the mentorship of two faculty. Most capstone projects include field work.
Travel as Text Capstone, entails two alternatives: Study Abroad and City Study Experience. Study Abroad requires a semester abroad with all course work; City Study Experience involves an intensive city travel experience, with study preparation before travel and identified assignments.
Certification Capstone. This option allows the student to identify an area of study commonly offered in the community, e.g., earning a black belt in a martial art or completing a certificate in mediation. The Director of the Honors Program must approve the project, and the student must fulfill all requirements of the certifying body.
Students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.30 to remain in the Honors Program and graduate in honors. Failure to maintain the required grade point average will result in probation or dismissal from the Honors Program.
Failure to successfully complete a minimum of 3 credits in an honors-designated course in each academic year will result in dismissal from the Honors Program.
Honors Program Curriculum