2018-2019 General Catalog 
    Apr 26, 2018  
2018-2019 General Catalog

Honors College

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Honors Center (HC)
1975 DeTrobriand, Building 619
Marriott Residential Scholars Community (MHC)
250 S Mario Capecchi Drive
Phone: 801-581-7383
Website: www.honors.utah.edu

Dean: Sylvia Torti, Ph.D.
Associate Dean: Monty Paret, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean: Patricia Rohrer, Ph.D.

The Honors College at the University of Utah: the power of ideas to shape the world.

At the Honors College, dedicated teachers and motivated learners collaborate to build an innovative education environment where everyone is challenged to think, ask questions, take risks and explore the full scope of the world around them. The work is demanding, the standards are high, but here students acquire the intellectual tools that will enrich their lives and enable them to thrive in a rapidly changing global community.

The Honors community includes students from every discipline on campus.


New Students

Students may apply to the Honors College within their general admissions application to the University of Utah. Each applicant is reviewed holistically. Admission is competitive. Incoming students may apply for Summer or Fall term admission.

Continuing Students

University of Utah students may apply to the Honors College if they have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or greater at the U. Students may apply for Fall, Spring or Summer term. Applications include an essay and are reviewed holistically. Admission is competitive. For more information visit: http://honors.utah.edu/admissions/admission-process/

Honors Degree Requirements

The Honors curriculum provides a way for Honors College students to efficiently complete the majority of their General Education requirements while working toward their Honors Degree and connecting with the Honors community. The Honors Degree requires successful completion of the following courses: 

  1. Honors Core
    • Two semesters of the Intellectual Traditions series - HONOR 2101-2110, 3900-3920
    • One semester of Honors Writing - HONOR 2211, 2601, 3200, 3210, 3850, or 3860
    • 1 HONOR Course fulfilling SF/QA General Education requirement (e.g., Planets and Pedagogy, History of Physics, Global Environmental Change, Science and Storytelling)
  2. Three Honors Elective Courses
    • HONOR Courses (e.g., American Institutions, Honors Calculus, Honors Praxis Lab, etc.)
    • Departmental Honors Courses
    • Honors Internship (Partnership with Hinckley Institute, Clemente Teaching Fellows)
    • Study Abroad (with approval from the Honors College)
    • NOTE: Departments with Honors tracks have specific or additional course requirements. Check with your Honors Faculty Advisor for more details.
  3. Thesis Work
    • Honors Thesis Course - 4999 in your major
    • Completion of your Honors thesis or project.

Students who complete the Honors Degree requirements and maintain a 3.5 cumulative gpa will be awarded an Honors Degree (H.B.S., H.B.A., etc.) in their major.

Special Considerations and Policies

  • Honors students may not AP or IB out of any of the Honors requirements.
  • Honors students who have passed the AP English or English Literature exams, therefore fulfilling the lower-division writing requirement, may fulfill the Honors writing requirement by taking Honors 3200, 3210, 3850, or 3860.
  • Students enrolled in the Honors College may take classes offered through Departmental Honors if they have fulfilled the pre-requisites to do so. These Departmental Honors courses count as electives.

Honors Certificate: Honors students who complete 5 required courses (2 Intellectual Traditions, 1 Honors Writing and 2 Honors Electives) and maintain a 3.5 cumulative gpa can apply for the Honors Certificate.

Honors Courses and University Graduation Requirements: The Honors College offers many courses that can also be used to fulfill the University’s General Education and Bachelor’s Degree requirements.

Transfer Students: Students who transfer to the University of Utah with 59 or more transfer hours or an Associate Degree (earned post high school graduation) will receive credit for two courses in the Honors College. After admission to the College, students will take five additional Honors courses (rather than seven) and complete a thesis for the Honors Degree.

LEAP: LEAP students who are accepted into the Honors College may receive Honors credit for two LEAP courses if they receive an A- or better in those classes.

DIVERSITY SCHOLARS: Diversity Scholars students who are accepted to the Honors College may receive Honors credit for ETHNC 2500 if they received an A- or better. Students participating in LEAP and Diversity Scholars will receive credit for a total of two courses, instead of three. 

Minimum Grade Point Average Requirement: Students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 to remain eligible to participate in the Honors College.

Graduation Policies

Application for Graduation: Students who plan to graduate with an Honors Bachelor’s Degree should inform their major advisor of their intent and be declared as an H.B.A. or H.B.S. Students must verify they are declared as an Honors Degree at the time they submit their online graduation application.  

Honors Thesis/Project: The Honors thesis/project is the culmination of the student’s academic efforts in earning the Honors Degree. Supervised by a faculty member in the student’s major department and the Departmental Honors advisor, students apply research methods in their discipline and demonstrate their intellectual independence.

Students working on their theses/projects sign up for a 3 credit thesis course in their major department (course #4999). For example, a student majoring in Chemistry would sign up for CHEM 4999. Students must earn at least a “B” grade in the 4999 thesis course in order to graduate with an Honors degree.

Engaged Learning

Our commitment to Engaged Learning reflects a strong belief in students’ abilities, and in our mission to empower them to use their considerable talents for the greater good. These transformative experiences demonstrate individual abilities and the power of teamwork.

Praxis Labs: Honors College Praxis Labs are year-long, for-credit courses that draw students from all disciplines to collaborate on innovative, project-based solutions to pressing societal challenges. Under the guidance of distinguished faculty and community leaders, students analyze their topic through in-depth classroom and field research such as lectures, panels, one-on-one interviews, readings and off-campus trips. After problems have been identified and solutions developed, students work to put their ideas into action in the community. Praxis topics vary each year, but fall under our three focus areas of Health & Society, Energy & Environment, and Social Justice. Space is limited to 12 students and is competitive, with juniors and seniors given preference. In addition to 9 credit hours (3 Honors electives), successful participants receive a $1000 scholarship.

Scholars Groups: In Honors College Scholars Groups students explore interests, passions and possible professional directions in a non-classroom setting. Scholars Groups fall under focus areas of Health & Society, Energy & Environment, Social Justice, and Leadership & Mentorship. Space is limited to 20 students and preference is given to first and second year students.

Learning Abroad: The Honors College offers several opportunities for students to spend the summer in a culture other than their own while taking courses for Honors credit. A description of each program, application forms, and scholarship information can be found on the Honors College website.

Scholarships For Honors Students: The Honors College offers a range of scholarships for students. A detailed description of these scholarships, deadlines, and the application form are available on the Honors College website.

Academic Advising: Advisors in the Honors College assist students from the time they enter the College until they graduate. Students easily book an appointment with Honors advisors through our online portal. Students are encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure they are making progress toward the Honors Degree as well as to discuss any academic difficulties they may encounter. Seniors meet with an Honors advisor in their major who will guide them through the thesis process.

Living and Learning Communities for Honors Students: The Honors College offers students a residential experience in the company of other motivated and talented honors students who take their education seriously and who represent different backgrounds and interests. Students join together for courses, monthly lectures, social activities and community service.

Honors Faculty Advisors: Each undergraduate department within a college designates a faculty member to serve as advisor to Honors students. A current listing of college and departmental Honors advisors is available on the Honors College website.

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