Opportunities for Freshman

Honors 101: Modes of Inquiry

  • All first-time entering freshmen are required to take a one-credit hour general studies course during the first 30 credit hours of their undergraduate career.  The required course in the College of Arts & Sciences is GEN 101, which is offered by the Honors Program as HON 101. Although there are a number of similarities between the two courses, HON 101 is quite distinct. In particular, the Honors version presents a significant amount of the course material in a two-day experience the week before classes start. Eight regularly scheduled classes follow the two-day event during the first few weeks of the semester. GEN 101, by contrast, is offered twice a week, over seven weeks (14 classes).
  • The College of Education and Human Development also encourages its Honors students to participate in HON 101. An Honors section of CAMP 100, Business Campus Culture, which includes the two-day Honors format, is offered to Honors students enrolled in the College of Business. Additional meetings with Business faculty and staff are scheduled at the beginning of the fall semester.
  • The two-day format provides an early opportunity for you to familiarize yourself with the campus, meet future classmates, and work individually with a faculty member who will advise and mentor you during the semester. Further, seasoned Honors students who assist with the course will share their wisdom. You will have time for socializing with the instructors and Honors staff during meals and other activities. Our statistics show that students taking the Honors version of these courses have a much higher retention rate and adapt more quickly to the university setting.
  • Incoming freshmen who have been invited to the Honors Program and completed the Intent to Participate Form by the May 1 deadline will be sent an invitation to apply for HON 101: Modes of Inquiry.


Honors Learning Communities

  • Honors Learning Communities are composed of grouped classes in a specific cluster, allowing students to take two or more courses with the same group of peers throughout the semester.
  • Students participating in an Honors Learning Community enroll in all components of their selected cluster. It is not possible to pick and choose components from different communities.
  • Participation in an Honors Learning Community helps to develop shared interests among the cohort of students and to promote additional learning opportunities.


Living Learning Communities (LLCs)

LLCs are academic and residential communities dedicated to a specific theme that creates purposeful links among academic, residential and social components of the college experience.  Members of an LLC usually live together on the same floor or wing of a residence hall, enroll as a cohort in thematic seminars each semester, and participate in group co-curricular activities. Visit the UofL Housing website for more information.