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General Information and Requirements

Program Description: The Honors Program is a 5-semester (each 2 sh) Great Books reading program with an optional senior project (1 or 3 sh). Classes meet once a week to discuss a major text of the Western world in a seminar environment. Grades for reading seminars are A, P, and F. With its emphasis on the liberal arts tradition, the Honors Program is designed to enhance students' knowledge of the Great Books, develop their critical thinking skills, and engage their sense of ethics. See the reading list posted on our website page.

Core Credit and Exemption: Students who successfully complete the 5 reading seminars (10 sh), take only 3 sh (typically one course) more than a student not in the program.

  • Reading Circles: Students who successfully complete 1r eading seminar are exempt from the IDS Reading Circle requirement.
  • Humanities: Students who successfully complete the 5 reading seminars receive 3 sh core credit in the Humanities section of the Core.
  • Social Sciences: Students who successfully complete the 5 reading seminars receive 3 sh core credit in the Social Sciences section of the Core.
  • Graduation: Students who successfully complete the 5 reading seminars receive 10 sh credit toward graduation.

Other Benefits: Our students regularly say that the program improves their reading ability and critical thinking, improves their academic "confidence," and improves their sense of the diversity of their "global world." Our alums in graduate programs often claim that the program helped prepare them for that endeavor.

Pre-registration: Students who are listed on an Honors Program reading seminar or senior project roster may pre-register with the seniors. Students should advise their advisors that they need early appointments.

Eligibility: The program recruits students who are recommended by Honors Program students, faculty, staff, and administrators; who attended UWC schools; and are Presidential Scholars. Students must pass each reading seminar. In addition, students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA to remain active in the program. Students with a lower GPA may continue in the program for one semester on probation at the discretion of the Co-directors. Students dismissed from the program may appeal in writing to the Honors Program Advisory Board.

Signing up for Reading Seminars: The HON 1010-2020 reading seminars may be taken in any order. However, HON 3010 is reserved for the 4th or 5th semester as it requires students to make comparisons with texts from the other seminars.

Non-reading Seminar Classes:

  • HON 200 SPECIAL TOPICS (1 sh or 3 sh): An elective course enriching the five-semester reading seminar program through selected events or additional readings. The precise content varies. The course can be repeated as the course title changes. This course is offered as needed. Permission of the course instructor is required.
  • HON 401 HONORS PROJECT (1 sh or 3 sh): Capstone project in which a student integrates the Honors Program, core, and major. The 3 sh version of the course is a research project and presentation; the 1 s.h. version of the course is a directed reading seminar accompanying the student's capstone project in his/her major. Prerequisites for the 1 sh and 3 sh courses are successful completion of the five reading seminars, permission of the program co-directors, and a 3.0minimum cumulative GPA. This course is offered as needed.

Success in the Program and Completing the Program: Students must pass each reading seminar. In addition, students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA to remain active in the program. Students with a lower GPA may continue in the program for one semester on probation at the discretion of the Co-directors. Students dismissed from the program may appeal in writing to the Honors Program Advisory Board. Students must successfully complete all reading seminars and the senior project to be designated "Honors Program graduates." (Students who successfully complete the seminars but not the senior project are recognized at graduation and on their transcripts as "Honors Program reading seminars graduates.")

Travel Abroad: Students who have successfully completed 3 of the reading seminars are eligible to apply for ½ funding for a $3000 (approximate) trip. Students who have successfully completed all 5 of the reading seminars are eligible to apply for full funding for a $3000 (approximate) trip. Travel must occur before graduation. Other restrictions and requirements may apply. Students should consult with a Co-director for more details.

Grading and Graduation Points:
A - carries 4 quality points per semester hour and is included in calculation of GPA
P - carries no quality points per semester hour and has no effect on GPA
F - carries 0 quality points per semester hour and is included in the calculation of GPA

 

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