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University Honors Program (UHP)
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences University Honors Program (CLAS UHP) seeks to provide opportunities for development and engagement for exceptional students interested in interdisciplinary studies. The goals of the CLAS UHP are: (1) to recognize students who have distinguished themselves in the classroom and through other areas of engagement, such as research, service, international engagement, or leadership, (2) to provide opportunities for these students to share experiences, perspectives, and expertise and to apply these to complex multidisciplinary problems, and (3) to prepare students for graduate or professional pursuits within their field of study.
Any CLAS student with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 may apply to the University Honors Program in the spring semester of his or her second year. The application requires students to outline their academic and professional plans as well as their involvement with at least two areas of extracurricular engagement, which include research, service, international studies, and leadership. Students should indicate how their involvement is above and beyond the requirements of their major. The most promising students will be called for a personal interview. Those with a strong written application and a successful interview will be offered acceptance into the CLAS UHP. Admission to the program will be announced by the CLAS Honors Director by the end of March of the spring semester. Students selected for participation in the CLAS UHP will be highly encouraged to apply for significant scholarships, fellowships, and post-graduate opportunities.
Successful completion of the CLAS UHP requires that students:
Complete HON 395 and HON 495 with a minimum combined 3.50 GPA.
Maintain a minimum 3.50 cumulative GPA throughout their time in the CLA UHP.
In consultation with the CLA UHP Director, identify two courses completed in their program(s) of study and reflect upon how those courses have influenced their scholarship or engagement.
Develop a culminating scholarly work. The final product may be part of an ongoing project or a work developed in the HON 495 course, but it must be distinct from any other required product (a requirement of the major/minor or departmental honors, for example).
Present the culminating scholarly work publicly, in a forum to be determined in consultation with the CLAS UHP Director.
Students who fall below a 3.50 cumulative GPA at any point in their time in the CLA UHP may be allowed to continue in the program for a limited period on a probationary basis at the discretion of the Director of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences University Honors Program.