The University Honors Program promotes honors-as-experience. University Honors provides an honors experience in academics, community, and leadership. It allows students to follow their respective degree plan and does not require additional credits. University Honors employs a points system that is designed to encourage student participation and develop students as described in the program mission statement. The points system does not exclude honors course contracts; instead, it allows students other options to customize their honors experience (See table below).
|Course Contract||1-2||10||1-2 cr: 1 pt; 3-4 cr: 2 pts|
|Service||1||1||Service-Learning Course or 15 Hours Service/Semester|
|Presentation||1-2||1||Local: 1 pt; Regional/National: 2 pts|
|Thesis||5||5||Honors Capstone or Thesis|
|Elective||4||Contract, Service, and/or Presentation|
|Total||22||Required for graduation with Honors|
First-Year Honors Experience
The First-Year Honors Experience (FYHE) is a year-long leadership development program designed specifically for first-time freshman in the University Honors Program that allows students to develop their leadership style through application and experience. The FYHE consists of two phases: professional development and a leadership project.
University Honors Scholarship
The University Honors Scholarship (UHS) Program promotes honors-as-excellence. The goal of UHS is to increase the number of students graduating with Latin honors in four years.
The UHS is awarded, at the beginning of sophomore year, to first-time students with a minimum GPA of 3.2 and 30 credit hours, with no previous merit scholarship(s) and is renewable up to three years. Students are awarded $750/year. (Note: This award is independent of the University Honors Program - Honors Experience.)
Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society
Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society (Rho Beta Chapter) National general scholarship honor society open to juniors/seniors in all academic areas to promote high scholarship; to encourage sincere and zealous endeavor in all fields of knowledge and service; to cultivate a high order of personal living, and to develop an appreciation for scholarly work and scholarly endeavor in others.