Small Honors sections provide students the opportunity to participate in personal classes and to engage in intensive and challenging study. Honors classes promote discussion, in-depth research and writing and close relationships with faculty and peers. Honors students may major in any undergraduate program in the university and are required to take at least one Honors course per year as well as maintain a 3.35 GPA. Eligible students are advised by the University Honors Program staff and are encouraged to participate in the University Honors Scholars Program, which requires a minimum of 24 hours Honors credit.
Honors Scholar Seminars are interdisciplinary courses open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Often team-taught, these seminars tend to focus on topics of immediate interest to students. Some recent courses include "Urban Water," "Tocqueville & the Shaping of American Politics," "Womens Memoirs & Self Portraits," "Devotion and Demons: Medieval Popular Religion," "What it Takes to be a CEO" and "Environmental Law." Additionally, the Overseers International Seminars combine semester-long, in-depth study with substantially subsidized travel to locations outside the United States. These seminars have traced the footsteps of Charles Darwin in the Galapagos Islands, Ancient ruins of Greece and J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy in New Zealand. Seminar topics change annually. Specific descriptions are posted online each semester with qualified students invited to participate.
Honors coursework is noted on a student's transcript, and college honors is awarded on the basis of grade point average and other factors determined by each undergraduate unit. The University Honors Program works closely with those students who intend to graduate summa cum laude from the College of Arts and Sciences, helping them to develop and complete appropriate senior honors projects.
Active Honors students choose to get involved in many of the extracurricular offerings of the University Honors Program such as peer mentoring, , career mentoring with experienced professionals in the local area, attendance at regional and national honors conferences and undergraduate research related to senior honors projects. As freshmen, many Honors students choose to live on scholars' floors in the freshman residence halls; after the first year, Honors students may request space in Kurz Hall.