Benefits & Advantages
Threlkeld Hall is the Honors residence facility on campus. Threlkeld also houses the Etscorn Honors Center (the administrative offices of the Honors Program), as well as a classroom, and study lounge. This Honors hall is located in the heart of campus, near the Student Activities Center and a short walk from the University Library and many academic buildings. Honors housing provides you with the opportunity to live in environment that supports the academic, social, and personal development of Honors students. Our goal is to foster a stronger sense of community within the program, while also encouraging academic success.
Freshman through seniors choose to live in Threlkeld Hall, which provides an opportunity for upperclassmen to mentor new students throughout the first year on campus. Space is limited in Threlkeld Hall, so if you are interested, please visit the university’s Housing page for more information.
Ensure you get the best schedule you can. As a student in the University Honors Program, you register for classes first. Honors students are eligible to take advantage of this perk, which allows them to be among the very first students on campus to register for courses. Honors students are awarded this benefit during their first full semester of enrollment as a member of the Honors Program.
Honors 101: Freshman Seminar
Honors 101 (Honors Modes of Inquiry) is a freshman seminar course that provides an opportunity for Honors students to orient themselves to campus prior to the first day of classes. This is an early chance to meet your fellow students, Honors faculty and staff members, and Honors upperclassmen serving as course assistants. Beginning the Wednesday before university classes commence, students attend a welcome banquet and other social events, as well as classes taught by Honors faculty members and advisors. By participating in Honors 101, students get a jump-start on their university career.
Honors Modes of Inquiry is strongly recommended to all Honors students in the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Business (where it is called CAMP 100: Honors Campus Culture), and the College of Education & Human Development. If you are an entering freshman enrolled in any of these academic units, you will receive an invitation to participate in this course via both e-mail and letter.
Honors courses are designed to promote engaged discussion, personalized study, in-depth research and writing, and close relationships with faculty members and peers. The majority of Honors classes are capped at 25 students, with an average class size of 18 students. Honors courses are offered that will fit any program of study. Students are provided with the opportunity to enroll in the Honors courses that are most appealing to them.
After completion of the first academic year, Honors students are eligible to enroll in courses known as Honors Scholars Seminars. These courses provide an opportunity for students to take small special topics courses that encourage interdisciplinary perspectives and, often, field experience outside the classroom. Typically, the Honors Program offers between 24-30 seminars each academic year. Topics differ from semester to semester. Some previous examples include: The Era of Lincoln, Madness & Medicine in Literature, Personal Creativity & Innovation in Business, Science Literacy & Pop Culture, and International Environmental Issues. For a complete list of previous seminar topics, go here (link & info to be provided).
National & International Travel Opportunities
Each year, one or two Honors Scholars seminars will conclude with a field experience. Students, faculty, and Honors staff members will travel, as a group, for one to two weeks to a national or international destination related to the seminar topic. The Woodcock Society National Seminars focus on topics of national relevance. Previous seminars and their destinations have included: The Broadway Theater Experience (New York City); Immigration & Ethnicity (San Francisco); and Urban Waters (canoeing the Everglades). The Overseers International Seminars provide Honors students with the opportunity to travel abroad for up to two weeks as part of an international field experience. Honors students have traveled to the townships of South Africa, the sanctuaries of the Galapagos Islands, and the film sites in New Zealand depicting Middle Earth as seen in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Other examples of international seminars and their destinations include: International Environmental Issues (China & Taiwan); International Criminal Justice Issues (Turkey); and South Asian Culture & Society (India).
Students are also given the opportunity to attend Honors conferences at the state, regional, and national levels. These conferences provide students the opportunity to develop valuable presentation skills through a discussion of research or exchange of ideas, while also networking with Honors students from other institutions around the country. Participation in these conferences is open to all Honors students, from freshmen through seniors. The University Honors Program subsidizes costs associated with these conferences.
This year-long program, sponsored by the university’s Board of Overseers, provides students the unique opportunity to be mentored by a local professional in the student’s area of interest. Through participation in this program, students gain professional insight and experience while still at the undergraduate level, which helps forge a link from classroom to career. Junior-level students in the Honors Program are invited to apply for this mentoring program during mid-summer.
The University of Louisville boasts an Honors Student Council that is incredibly active both on-campus and throughout Metropolitan Louisville. The council is committed to the development of a cohesive and thriving Honors student community, focused on academics, service, leadership, and social development. Throughout the year, the council sponsors a variety of events, including: picnics, social events on campus and throughout the city, a dining club, a series of academic lectures (including The Last Lecture Series), and fundraisers for local charities. Additionally, Honors Student Council houses the Honors Volunteer Program (HVP) and The White Squirrel Literary Magazine. HVP is an entirely student-run organization devoted to community service within the university and greater Louisville communities. The White Squirrel, published twice annually, is the university’s only student-run literary magazine.