honors curriculum



Honors Curriculum

In general, students entering the program as freshmen are encouraged to take at least one Honors course per semester. Students entering the program as juniors are encouraged to speak with the faculty director. Honors-recommended sections of General Education can be identified in the class schedule by the letter “H” in the fourth position of the course number. Honors core classes and cross-listed sections carry the HONR prefix. Courses change each semester based on student needs and departmental resources.

Please check with the Honors Program for details on changes to courses and additional offerings. Previous courses have included Cross-Cultural Psychology, International Human Rights, History of Scientific Thought, and many more.

Also, Honors Contracts offer students additional opportunities to earn Honors credit for upper-division courses.

Honors Contract

Due Jan. 27 for Spring 2014


All students in the UVU Honors Program need Honors Contracts in several upper-division courses (less frequently in lower-division courses) to earn a baccalaureate degree with Honors. In consultation with the student, faculty design appropriate measures to ensure the student performs at an identifiably high standard. This may take the form of challenging a student with more work; but it may also ask the student to take more qualitatively substantive or advanced approaches to course content and assignments.

An Honors Contract should ensure students engage required and/or supplementary course materials at a high level. Faculty whose courses are already extremely rigorous might consider choosing 2-3 major concepts, projects, assessments, or other course aspects and stipulate at what level the students should achieve in order to earn Honors credit; this approach may be taken in lieu of adding additional work to the course.

The following suggestions provide some guidance for faculty who are approached by students who need to complete Honors Contract. Select the suggestions (or design others) most appropriate to your course and discipline to support the student's ambition of graduating with Honors:

1. Ask the Honors student to attain, for instance, scores of at least a 90% on two or three of the most challenging aspects of the course.

2. Require more advanced supplemental reading, especially of primary sources

3. Assign more opportunities for writing, assessed at a higher standard

4. Ask the student to demonstrate enhanced skills in critical thinking, analysis, and interpretation

5. Ask the student demonstrate synthesis of different perspectives or points of view

6. Require use of resources or consultants from beyond the campus itself (such as other university libraries, archives, research sites, interviews or interactions with business or industry personnel)

7. Ask the student to generate community-based experiences: field trips, interviews, cultural events

8. Offer opportunities for Honors student leadership in the classroom: leading study groups, leading class discussion, assisting faculty in preparation and delivery of instructional material

9. Assign the student to investigate an area of the discipline not covered in depth in the regular course, either through a literature search, an annotated bibliography, or a conventional research paper

10. Ask the student to apply the information/expertise learned in the course in a creative or entrepreneurial way

Faculty with questions about Honors Contracts should contact the Honors Program Director: Kate McPherson, PhD; kmcpherson@uvu.edu; 801-863-8055

Honors COntract



Sample Honors Classes

• BIOL 101H: General Biology
• ENGL 101H: Introduction to Writing
• ENGL 201H: Intermediate Writing
• ENGL 202H: Intermediate Writing
• ENGL 230H: Shakespeare
• ENGL 225H: Creative/Imaginative Writing
• GEOL 101H: Introduction to Geology
• GEOG 130H: Survey of World Geography
• HIST 170H: American Civilization
• HIST 270H: US History to 1877
• HIST 271H: US History since 1877
• HONR 100A: Fall Honors Colloquium
• HONR 100B: Spring Honors Colloquium
• HONR 2000: Ancient Legacies
• HONR 2100: Modern Legacies
• MATH 121H: Calculus I
• MATH 122H: Calculus II
• MATH 221H: Calculus III
• PHIL 100H: Introduction to Philosophy
• PHIL 205H: Ethics and Values
• PSY 101H: Introduction to Psychology
• SOC 101H: Introduction to Sociology
• ZOOL 232H: Human Anatomy
• ZOOL 242H: Human Physiology