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Undergraduate Catalog | 2017-2018 
Undergraduate Catalog | 2017-2018 Previous Edition

University Honors Program, Honors College

The University Honors Program (UHP) in the Honors College offers a unique undergraduate experience. UHP is designed to offer a balance of academic coursework, community engagement, and leadership experiences. Undergraduates and entering First-Year students in all majors who have a record of academic success and motivation to succeed may apply to UHP. The UHP curriculum emphasizes reflective practices through its courses, enrichment experiences, and service projects which culminate in the Honors senior project, a comprehensive capstone portfolio. The University Honors Program encourages its students to participate in Education Abroad programs, research symposia and conferences, and research opportunities. All students in UHP are also part of the UHP Student Association where students enjoy social events and service projects. UHP students graduate with University Honors Program distinction noted on their official transcripts.


To graduate with University Honors Program Distinction, students must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. HONR 1700 - Freshman Honors Colloquium  with a passing grade (if entering the program as a First-Year student in the Fall semester)
  2. LBST 2215 - Citizenship  in the Sophomore year or higher (Honors sections only)
  3. 15 hours of HONR courses and/or Honors sections of LBST courses
  4. Complete the Application to Candidacy process for graduating with Honors, as directed by the Honors College
  5. HONR 3791 - University Honors Senior Project , or an approved discipline-based honors thesis/project, with a grade of A
  6. Maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, and a 3.2 GPA in honors coursework
  7. Maintain good academic standing through participation in the UHP Student Association

Students may graduate with dual honors by completing all departmental/college honors requirements, in addition to UHP requirements. In this case, the departmental thesis will satisfy the UHP project requirement.

Students in dual honors programs may count one 3000-level honors course toward their 15 hours of honors electives.

Students studying aboard may request equivalency credits for honors coursework from the Director of the University Honors Program.


University Honors Program students are encouraged to live in the Honors College residence, Levine Hall, which provides an environment especially conducive to study and cooperative learning.

Student Association

Students in the University Honors Program are also part of the University Honors Program Student Association. The student-led organization organizes social events, special discussions, student mentoring, and community service projects. All UHP students are required to attend meetings and participate in two community service projects each semester in order to remain in good standing.

Merit Scholars Programs

The Albert Engineering Leadership Scholars Program, Crown Scholars Program, and Martin Scholars Program are housed in the Honors College; Albert and Crown Scholars are members of the University Honors Program; Martin Scholars are members of any honors program.