The mission of the University Honors Program is to prepare academically motivated students to think for themselves and become their own best teachers, all within a challenging and supportive community. To this end, Honors provides students with opportunities to take unique interdisciplinary seminars designed and taught by Montana State University's most distinguished faculty members. Seminars are capped at fifteen students, thus permitting close interaction with faculty and peers. There are also special sections of departmental offerings in chemistry, economics, English, mathematics, music and physics. These courses are restricted to Honors students and are considerably smaller than regular departmental classes. Additionally, Honors students are routinely invited to join outstanding scientists in their laboratories or pursue independent studies with acclaimed scholars and artists in a variety of fields.
|Honors Graduation Class of 2011|
Extending the dynamic energy that are at the core of all Honors classes, students also engage in social activities that further personal and intellectual growth. Each academic year begins with a two-day excursion for incoming freshmen to beautiful Hyalite Canyon, during which students participate in vigorous hikes, book discussions and faculty presentations.
Special lectures and symposia are also featured throughout the year. Service opportunities within the campus and local community are both encouraged and made available through the Honors Program.
|Hike & Read 2011|
Located in the historic "Quads," Honors residence halls provide an ideal setting for the study sessions and spontaneous discussions that are characteristic of our commitment to fostering a "living and learning" environment. The Quads also serve as a communication hub for students in the program who choose to live elsewhere.
The Honors Program provides assistance and guidance to students applying for major national and international scholarships. Our students enjoy an exceptional record of achieving such awards, and have experienced equal success with research grants and fellowships to major graduate, medical, veterinary and law schools.
Students may graduate from the university with a degree in their major field plus a separate degree in Honors, which they receive, along with a distinctive medallion bearing the President's seal, during the University Honors Program commencement ceremony.
|Honors Quads D and E|