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Honors

Department

  Name:

 Honors Program

  Location:

 LC 202 - LC 204

  Telephone:

 801-863-6262

  Email:

  kmcpherson@uvu.edu

  Web Address:

  uvu.edu/honors

  Chair:

  Kate McPherson

 
 

Mission Statement

The UVU Honors Program seeks out highly motivated and diverse students who exhibit curiosity, creativity, passion, initiative, and flexible thinking. Admitted students receive specialized academic and social opportunities beyond the typical collegiate experience. We promote student success through intensive advising, inclusive experiences, classes with outstanding faculty, and sustained peer-group interactions during cultural events, outdoor adventures, and research endeavors. Through imaginative and intellectual engagement, Honors students build on their personal, professional, and civic potential.

Eligibility

We encourage any student with curiosity, talent, and drive apply for admission to the Honors Program through a competitive application process that assesses them holistically based in part on two short admissions essays. The Honors Program welcomes applications each January and October. There is no minimum GPA or test score required to be admitted. We support students from all backgrounds seeking any face-to-face baccalaureate or associates degree.

Program Description

All students are welcome to apply. Most admitted students do have strong GPAs and ACT scores above 24. Honors offers both a lower-division entry point (for students with fewer than 50 college credits) and an upper-division entry point (more than 50 credits). The Honors Program can accommodate students from any on-campus major, using both General Education courses and majors courses at an Honors level to enhance students’ undergraduate experience.  Please visit and apply at www.uvu.edu/honors.

Program Benefits

  • Challenging and engaging coursework
  • Small class sizes
  • Priority course registration
  • Specialized advising and personalized mentoring
  • Residential and academic scholarship opportunities
  • Motivated collegiate peer group
  • Access to cultural, outdoor, and academic events paid for by the Honors Program
  • Access to the Honors Study Commons and compute
  • Regular opportunities for undergraduate research
  • Excellent graduate and professional school preparation
  • Special recognition on transcript and diploma
  • Specialized graduation regalia

Honors Scholarships

The Honors Program offers access to competitive, merit-based tuition scholarships to Utah residents. It also offers access to competitive merit-based housing scholarship at a designated apartment complex near campus and is available to both resident and non-resident students. Application to the program and for these scholarships occurs each October for Spring semester and each January for Fall semester. Students earn scholarships based on criteria that include academic achievement, creativity, innovative thinking, and intellectual potential. Two application essays serve as the primary method of assessing applicants.

Honors Courses

Through Honors, students complete a series of small classes with other highly motivated students, guided by faculty invested in their students’ intellectual potential. Students grapple with texts and ideas that have fascinated the world’s great thinkers, writers, artists, and scientists as they gain the courage to try out new and challenging ideas, places, and experiences. Students use Honors Contracts in their major to complete required or elective courses at an Honors level. The Program concludes with each baccalaureate student completing a two-semester senior thesis or project that demonstrates commitment and skill within the student’s selected major. Through Honors, highly motivated students can chart a customized program of study most suited to their post-baccalaureate plans.

Honors Graduation Requirements

Students must have a 3.4 cumulative GPA when applying for graduation to become an Honors Program Graduate.

Lower-Division Requirements for Associates Degrees: 20 credits

2 credits of Honors Colloquium: HONR 100R
3 credits of Ancient Legacies: HONR 2000
3 credits of Modern Legacies: HONR 2100
3 credits of Honors Ethics and Values: PHIL 205H
3 credits of General Education math or science, e.g., GEO 101H, BIOL 101H, MAT 103H
6 credits of any other General Education course at an Honors level, e.g. ENGL 201H, MUSC 101H

Lower-Division Requirement for Baccalaureate Degrees: 30 credits

2 credits of Honors Colloquium: HONR 100R
3 credits of Ancient Legacies: HONR 2000
3 credits of Modern Legacies: HONR 2100
3 credits of Honors Ethics and Values: PHIL 205H
3 credits of General Education math or science, e.g., GEO 101H, BIOL 101H, MAT 103H
6 credits of any other General Education course at an Honors level, e.g. ENGL 201H, MUSC 101H
6 credits of upper-division courses 3000+, completed at an Honors level within student's major using an Honors Contract
1 credit of Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar: HONR 300R
3 credits of Honors Thesis or Honors Project: HONR 498R or 499R

Upper-Division Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees: 24 credits

2 credits of Honors Colloquium: HONR 100R
3 credits of Ancient Legacies: HONR 2000
3 credits of Modern Legacies: HONR 2100
12 credits of upper-division courses numbered 3000+, completed at an Honors level within student's major using an Honors Contract
1 credit of Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar: HONR 300R
3 credits of Honors Thesis or Honors Project: HONR 498R or 499R

  Program Requirements

The Honors Program is designed around intensive, face-to-face interaction. Honors students typically complete at least one Honors course per semester; scholarship students are required to do so, but may petition for exceptions. In their first two semesters, all Honors students must complete Ancient Legacies (HONR 2000) and Modern Legacies (HONR 2100), as well as Honors Colloquium (HONR 100R). Course descriptions for the Legacies courses, which vary in focus each semester, are available under the Curriculum section of the Honors homepage. Colloquium is a 1-credit course that includes on-campus lectures on a wide-range of topics combined with cohort building activities emphasizing cultural, outdoor, and academic activities. These include trips to premier arts venues, guest lecturers from the academic and professional communities, outdoor recreation activities, and community or campus service projects

 
 

Honors Program Director: Kate McPherson, PhD

Professor McPherson directs all aspects of the program and mentors students at every level.

Honors Program Coordinator: Allen Hill

Allen Hill assists with program operations, experiential learning trips, and advises Honors students with last names A-L.

Honors Program Coordinator: Tiffany Nez

Tiffany Nez assists with program operations, Honors scholarships and housing, and advises Honors students with last names M-Z.

 
 

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