MaconCatalog : Academic Information : University Honors Program (UHP)
 
University Honors Program (UHP)
The University Honors Program (UHP) for traditional Mercer Macon undergraduates provides academically advanced students with the supportive environment needed to pursue their intellectual interests through engaged-learning coursework and experiences.
The specific goals of the program include:
Cultivating students who ask questions, think critically in answering those questions, make interdisciplinary connections in answering those questions, and can construct creative analytical responses when engaged in collaborative or independent problem solving.
Cultivating students who obtain the distinctive characteristics necessary to compete successfully for graduate and professional school entrance, for national and international fellowships and scholarships, and for leadership roles in the student’s chosen profession.
Cultivating a community of scholars who are interested in sharing cultural, research, and leadership experiences.
The University Honors Program consists of a number of distinct programs. These include the First-year Honors Experience, the Mercer Service Scholars, and University Honors Programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Engineering, the College of Education, and the College of Health Professions.
General Requirements of the University Honors Program
Completion of college or school-specific or Service Scholars coursework and requirements;
Successful completion of a culminating project appropriate to the program;
Presentation of work at BEAR Day, Engineering Expo, or a regional/national conference appropriate to the program;
Maintenance of a minimum GPA appropriate to the program.
First-Year Honors Experience
Exceptional entering students are accepted into the UHP through the First-Year Honors Experience. Students selected for the First-Year Honors Experience take a two-course sequence that introduces them to a range of engaged-learning experiences available at Mercer. This program is open to students of all majors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering, the School of Business, the College of Education, the School of Music, and the College of Health Professions. Students must successfully complete the following requirements:
Course Requirements:
HON 110. University Honors Program Seminar I (1 hour)
HON 115. University Honors Program Seminar II (1 hour)
 
Students with satisfactory mathematical skills may be invited to begin the Engineering Honors Program in their first year. If so, they will take the following courses in lieu of HON 110 and 115:
EGR 101. First Year Engineering Honors (1 hour)
EGR 102. First Year Engineering Honors (1 hour)
 
GPA Requirement: Students in Honors 110 and 115 are required to maintain a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA during their first year in order to remain in the First-Year Honors Experience. Students who fall below 3.5 will be subject to suspension and/or removal from the program. Such cases will be handled on an individual basis in consultation with the UHP director.
Upon completion of HON 110 and HON 115, students are eligible for the Mercer Service Scholars or the UHP specific to the college or school in which they are enrolled. Students cannot participate in both the Mercer Service Scholars and a college-specific UHP. Acceptance into any of these later programs is not guaranteed, even if all first-year program requirements have been met.
School and College-Based Honors Program
After their first year of study, exceptional students may apply to the Honor Program offered by their school or college. These programs are offered in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering, the School of Business, the College of Education, and the College of Health Professions. Students who complete the requirements for their school’s or college’s University Honors Program will graduate with the University Honors distinction.
Mercer Service Scholars (Service-Learning and Leadership)
Dr. Amy Nichols-Belo, Director/Assistant Professor of Global Health and Anthropology
 
Each Spring, 14-18 Honors students are selected to join the Mercer Service Scholars. They come together as a cohort of academically talented and service-oriented students and undertake 9 hours of coursework together, including a Mercer On Mission component in the summer between the sophomore and junior years. After completing the required coursework, all Mercer Service Scholars implement a culminating project that showcases service and leadership geared to problem solving. It may take the form of community outreach or community-based research and demonstrates planning, implementation, and evaluation skills.
By completing the Mercer Service Scholar Program, a student receives an enhanced experience in leadership and service with emphasis on collaboration and team building. Careful analyses of community needs (domestic or international) and sustainable responses are goals that arc through the course work. The curriculum is designed to advance social consciousness evidenced through a record of engagement on campus and in the community. The program offers participants unique service opportunities that add value to their Mercer education. By receiving training and participating in diverse experiences, students should develop skills needed to be highly effective leaders in any career trajectory. In particular, students completing the program are encouraged to consider applying for national scholarships or careers in public service. This track is open to students of all majors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the College of Education, the School of Music, the School of Engineering and the College of Health Professions.
Course Requirements:
HON 231. Local Needs Assessment (2 hours)—Second Year
HON 232. International Needs Assessment (2 hours)—Second Year
HON 331. Project Implementation in an International Context (3 hours)—Summer between Second and Third Years
HON 332. Action and Vocation (2 hours)—Third Year
 
These course requirements, along with the successful implementation of a culminating project, lead to completion of the Service Scholars Program and the opportunity to graduate with University Honors.
GPA Requirement: Students are required to maintain a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA throughout their undergraduate career at Mercer and at graduation. Students who fall below a 3.5 at any point in their undergraduate career will be subject to suspension and/or removal from the program. Such cases will be handled on an individual basis in consultation with the track director.