How the Program Works
The Honors Program is designed to challenge students academically and also to engage them in a community of student-scholars. In order to help build this community, incoming honors students live together in Bergstrom Hall.
Incoming honors students also enroll in one of several special “honors” sections of a common course (HONR 101). This class satisfies a core curriculum requirement, as well as serving as a foundational course for the honors students. As students continue in the program, they enroll in special sections of core curriculum courses that are designated as honors courses. These sections have an even smaller enrollment than traditional classes, and only honors students may register for these courses. An honors student normally completes six courses designated as honors courses. As seniors, honors students are encouraged to complete an honors thesis/project.
For detailed information on program requirements and scheduling, including a four-year paradigm, review the academic requirements.
Co-Curricular Activities & Events
Honors students are required to attend honors events as specified. Events include the annual welcome picnic, a team-building/leadership event, Life Raft! and all honors meetings.
Honors students receive priority registration, meaning they are able to register before other members of their class. Students’ registration times reflect this privilege. Honors students in the same class may receive different registration times because of the different numbers of credits they have earned (AP, transfer, etc).
Honors students are encouraged to study abroad. They are not required to do any extra projects while abroad and the semester abroad counts as one of the six required classes as part of the program.
Honors Program Recognition
Those who complete this special course of study receive the designation “Graduate of the Honors Program” on their diploma and transcript. Each honors student is required to maintain a cumulative 3.5 GPA or better to receive this citation.