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The Honors Experience

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The Honors Program offers students the opportunity to participate in innovative courses and special honors activities. In addition, Honors Scholars are conferred membership into the Honors Scholar Association, a student led group that plans enrichment and social activities.

Honors coursework emphasizes learning experiences that elevate student engagement, expand academic and personal experiences, and enhance the educational program of study. Students should expect an emphasis on meaningful class discussions; student led activities, presentations and field trips, rather than lectures; and a collaborative experience between faculty and the honors community of students. Students should expect to be challenged, but honors coursework is different, not necessarily more difficult. In other words, it should not be harder to earn an A in an honors section than in a non-honors section of the same course. While many students can easily schedule honors coursework into their program requirements, some students who have a great number of transfer credits and/or are enrolled in career programs, may need to take honors coursework as an overload.

Honors Scholars should take a minimum of six credits of honors coursework to satisfy program requirements; however, they are free to take as many honors courses as they wish. Each semester, Honors Scholars will have a choice of honors coursework, including special sections of courses that satisfy general education requirements in areas such as art and history; innovative seminars that allow small groups of students to explore academic topics; and individualized learning experiences, which allow students to perform formal research or to delve more deeply into their major or another area of interest.

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Honors Scholars should expect to complete a minimum of four enrichment experiences to satisfy program requirements. Enrichment experiences allow students to engage in informal learning experiences, and are designed to provide service, leadership and/or international experiences. Each experience is a minimum of fifteen logged hours in the student’s choice of predesigned experiences or individually designed experiences.

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