Honors College Program Learning Outcomes:

  1. Integration: Honors students will be able to integrate concepts and methodologies from multiple disciplines and diverse viewpoints in Honors seminars
  2. Research: Honors students will engage in research, using appropriate disciplinary and scholarly skills, resulting in a senior thesis
  3. Critical thinking: Honors students will continually develop their ability to think critically and independently by actively engaging in discussions of complex issues throughout the Honors curriculum
  4. Communication: Honors students will communicate clearly and precisely in multiple formats including written prose, verbal exposition, and audio/visual projects.
  5. Community Engagement: Honors students will engage in activities that promote civic mindedness, global citizenship and the stewardship of our natural environment.

Honors seminars are capped at sixteen students, thus permitting close interaction with faculty and peers. There are also special sections of departmental offerings in chemistry, computer science, earth science, economics, mathematics, music, psychology, sociology, engineering, 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 researchers in their laboratories or pursue independent studies with acclaimed scholars and artists in a variety of fields. 

Extending the dynamic energy that is 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 College.

The Honors College 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 an Honors Baccalaureate degree, which they receive, along with a distinctive medallion bearing the President's seal, during the Honors College commencement ceremony.

Watch the video below for Dr. Lee's advice on applying to the Honors College!