The mission of the Honors Program is to create an intensive learning community that will foster academic excellence, encourage civic action, and inspire the University's top students to become strong leaders on campus and in our community.
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- They take tougher classes.
- They thrive on being part of a close-knit intellectual community.
- They embrace leadership roles on campus and in the community.
- They have more opportunities for experiential learning.
- They enjoy close interaction with faculty mentors and advisors.
Courses in the Honors Program are more challenging and move at a faster pace than courses offered elsewhere in the University. In Honors courses, faculty emphasize not only mastery of the subject matter but also three essential intellectual skills that distinguish Honors students:
- critical and creative thinking
- clear and concise writing
- confident and coherent public speaking
Many of the most important learning experiences on a college campus take place outside of the classroom. The Honors Program fosters a climate of curiosity and intellectual engagement by sponsoring a variety of programs designed to develop a sense of identity, camaraderie, and shared purpose among Honors students and faculty.
Honors students and faculty are expected to use their knowledge and skills to give back to their community and make it a better place to live. Through service-learning courses, community action projects, and a variety of civic activities, students spend hundreds of hours involved in campus activities and working in community organizations.
Experiential learning gives Honors students the chance to apply their classroom knowledge, develop valuable skills, and represent the University in a variety of settings. Honors students have the opportunity to pursue:
- internships and job shadowing
- research and publications
- international education
As the University's top students, Honors students are ambitious, talented, and motivated. The Honors Program offers a strong advising and mentoring component to help them take advantage of campus opportunities and challenge them to live up to their full potential.