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Honors Program

If you are seeking academic challenge beyond normal course offerings, you'll want to participate in the Honors Program. A student completing the requirements of the Honors Program is designated a "Graduate of the Honors Program" on his or her diploma and transcript. By participating, you'll have the opportunity to:

  • Take courses with a focused topic or innovative approach to the material or a specialized reading list.
  • Engage in learning with other students seeking academic challenge.
  • Enhance your preparation for admission to graduate schools or finding a job.

Requirements of the Honors Program

Honors students are required to take Honors courses and participate in certain extra-curricular activities. Several courses designated "Honors" are offered each semester according to a two-year rotation. These specially-designed and innovative courses fulfill the Foundations of Human Learning degree requirements. Students also participate in one event or activity each semester, such as a cultural event, a campus speaker, concert or film, or a field trip.

Participants in the program will:

  • Complete at least five courses designated "Honors."
  • Take an advanced section of ENG 110 College Writing
  • Participate in an approved extra-curricular event during each semester and write a reflective report.
  • Complete an "Honors Scholarship Contract" in an upper-level major or minor course.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3.

Admission to the Honors Program

New freshmen are placed into the program based on these requirements:

  1. A minimum high school GPA of 3.5.
  2. A minimum ACT composite score of 26.
  3. Rank in the top 15% of high school graduating class.

Continuing and transfer students may apply to the program with:

  1. An application that includes letters of recommendation from instructors who can assess the student's academic potential.
  2. A GPA of at least 3.3.

Honors Program Contact Information

Students with interest in or questions about the Honors Program should contact the Honors Program Director:

Bonnie Sierlecki, PhD
Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
(608) 663-4303

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