New Students: Students graduating from high school
are invited to join the Honors College on the basis of a holistic review of
an application, which includes their high school record, composite entrance
examination scores and an essay. New transfer students are generally eligible
for admission to the Honors College if they have at least a 3.6 grade point
University of Utah students are
admissible to the Honors College with a cumulative grade point average of
3.5 or higher.
Students should apply for admission to the Honors College only after they
have been admitted to the University of Utah. The application form is
available on the Honors web site.
Early Assurance Program:
The Early Assurance Program at the University of Utah is a four-year
undergraduate program that provides guaranteed admittance to one of the U’s
participating graduate or professional school programs upon successful
completion of a Bachelor’s degree and program prerequisites at the
University of Utah. This unique open-track program allows students to dive
into coursework and explore a wide variety of subjects before declaring
their graduate intentions. Students are immersed in the Honors College
experience, and receive faculty mentoring and guidance before embarking on
graduate studies. Students must apply as incoming freshmen and have a
rigorous high school record of a 3.8 high school GPA. Top Utah students
admitted to Early Assurance may be selected for the Eccles Distinguished
Scholars Award, a prestigious four-year full financial award package.
For more information visit the website www.earlyassurance.utah.edu.
Honors Degree Requirements
The Honors baccalaureate degree has a two-tiered structure – the Honors Certificate
and the University Honors degree.
Students admitted to the Honors College
need to maintain a 3.5 cumulative grade point average to earn the Honors
Honors Certificate: The
requirements for completing the Honors Certificate are as follows:
Two semesters of the Honors Core in
Intellectual Traditions (Honors 2101, Honors 2102, Honors 2103, Honors
One semester of Honors Writing (either
Honors 2211 or Honors 3200). The Construction of Knowledge course can
be substituted for the Honors writing requirement for those students with
an AP score of 4 or higher.
Two additional Honors courses (Honors Core in Social Science, Honors Core
in Fine Arts, Honors Core in Physical and Life Science, Construction of
Knowledge, Honors Calculus for Non-technical Majors, American Institutions,
or any of the Honors seminars) .
Students who complete these requirements
will receive the Honors Certificate designation on their transcript.
University Honors Degree:
The requirements for the second tier of the Honors baccalaureate degree
consist of: Two additional Honors courses and completion of an Honors
thesis, creative or capstone project in their major.
Students who complete these requirements
- 24 Honors credits including the Honors thesis course - will graduate with
the University Honors degree designation on their transcript and degree.
Honors Courses and University General
Education/University Graduation Requirements
The Honors College offers many courses that can also be used to fulfill the
University’s general education and graduation requirements. These courses
are so marked on the curriculum page of the Honors College website (www.honors.utah.edu/curriculum.html).
Special Considerations and Policies
AP: Many Honors students enter the College
with AP credit, concurrent enrollment credit, or an IB diploma. These
credit hours satisfy General Education requirements and proceed toward
graduation but do not satisfy Honors requirements.
Transfer Students: Students
who transfer to the University of Utah with 59 or more transfer hours or an
Associate Degree 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 may
receive Honors credit for two LEAP courses if they receive an A- or A in those
Departmental Honors Courses and Colleges:
enrolled in University Honors may also take departmental Honors classes if
they have met the prerequisites for them. The departmental Honors courses
count as electives toward the Honors Degree.
Several departments have established a
Departmental Honors degree allowing students to take a combination of
University and Departmental Honors courses or to follow a curriculum of
Departmental Honors courses and Honors research activities.
The following departments and colleges
currently offer Departmental Honors tracks:
College of Architecture and Planning
David Eccles School of Business: Finance and the ASAP Freshman College
College of Education
College of Engineering: All departments and the School of Computing College
of Fine Arts: Art, Art History, Ballet and Modern Dance
College of Humanities: Philosophy & English
College of Health: Exercise and Sports Science
College of Science: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics
College of Social & Behavioral Science: Political Science
Detailed information on Departmental Honors tracks including contact
information on departmental Honors advisors is available on the Honors
College website at www.honors.utah.edu.
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. Students who fall below this
minimum are placed on probation for one semester and may be dropped from
the College if they are unable to raise their grades to the required
minimum. Students can be reinstated in the College only if they
subsequently raise their grade point average to the 3.5 level and reapply
to the College.
Application for Graduation: Students who plan
to graduate with an Honors Bachelor’s Degree should inform the Graduation
Office (250 SSB) of their intent no later than the end of the junior year.
Students must specifically state on their graduation application that they
are completing an Honors Degree.
There are three ways that students can
graduate with an Honors degree - the University Honors degree, the
Departmental Honors degree, and both (i.e., the University and the
Departmental Honors degree).
Honors Thesis/Project: The
Honors thesis/project is the capstone of students’ academic efforts in
earning the University Honors degree. In the thesis/project students will
demonstrate their intellectual independence and apply research methods of
their discipline in preparation for graduate or professional work.
The nature of the thesis/project and its
presentation varies from discipline to discipline, such as a lab project
with a final report presented in a seminar or a performance evaluated by a
jury. Regardless of the form of the thesis/project, students must submit
their capstone project in a form that can be archived in the University’s
library (e.g., an audio, video, electronic, film or written product).
A faculty member in the student’s major
department and the Departmental Honors advisor will supervise the student’s
Students working on their thesis/project
sign up for a 3 credit thesis course in the department of their major
(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.
Pre-thesis Interview: Before beginning the senior Honors
thesis/project, students must arrange for a pre-thesis interview with the
Associate Dean in the Honors College. This should be done at least three semesters
before students intend to graduate.
The Honors Community
Being an Honors student means more than just completing the curricular
requirements of the Honors degree. The Honors College has created many
opportunities to enhance the educational experience of Honors students.
Students are expected to be engaged community members, and to take
advantage of these opportunities in their pursuit of excellence. The
Honors website includes a more detailed description of these programs.
Mentor Program: Honors
students from all disciplines and professional areas have the opportunity
to participate in a mentoring/mentee program. Each participant acts as both
mentor and mentee, both creating and benefiting from a strong supportive
Study Abroad: The
Honors College offers several opportunities for students to spend the
summer in a culture other than their own and take courses for Honors
credit. A description of each program, application forms, and scholarship
information can be found on our website.
Honors Tutorial: The
Honors Tutorial is an opportunity for students to work on an individual
basis with a faculty member for Honors credit, usually in the context of
their major. Students can use the Honors Tutorial to begin research on
their Honors thesis/project or in conjunction with the experiential
programs described below.
Honor Internships and Apprenticeships:
This program provides Honors students with the experience to work alongside
a community leader in a real world situation to bring about change in the
community. This internship, based on availability of funds, includes a
$1,000 stipend for a 16-week time commitment. Students have the option to
receive credit for the internship.
The Honors Think Tank: This
is a two-semester experiential program that gives a group of Honors
students from various majors an opportunity to work collaboratively on a
contemporary societal challenge under the guidance of faculty. Students
receive a $1,000 stipend for the two-semester long program and sign up for Honors
3700 each semester. The themes for the Think Tank change from year to year.
For example, previous Think Tanks focused on topics such as revitalization
of downtown Salt Lake City, bioethics, land issues
in Southern Utah, immigration issues, and higher education.
are available on the website at the end of each spring semester.
College Scholars Program: The Honors College Scholars Program creates
a learning community around themes and are
intended to help students explore a major, a career and develop
interdisciplinary knowledge, skills and perspectives. Members form networks of relationships in
an environment in which they feel comfortable to express their thoughts and
ideas. Scholars have increased contact with faculty mentors, fellow
students and greater integration with the greater university community. Themes
for Honors College Scholars cohorts include social justice, sustainability,
global health, law and community leadership.
Scholarships For Honors Students
The Honors College offers a broad range of scholarships for students. A
detailed description of these scholarships, deadlines, and the application
form are available on the Honors College website. Students should
periodically check the Honors website for updates in scholarship
Advisors in the Honors College assist students from the time they enter the
College until they graduate. Students should call the Honors office at
581-7383 to schedule an appointment. First year students are encouraged to
visit with an academic advisor every semester 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.
Students pursuing a departmental Honors
track should also contact the Honors advisor in the department in which the
College is housed. A list of departmental Honors advisors and contact information
is available on the Honors website.
Life—A Living and Learning Community for Honors Students:
Honors College offers students a residential experience in the company of
other motivated and talented 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. Students can enjoy an Honors residential experience until
they time they graduate.
CORE Experience provides first-year students an
opportunity to participate in a cluster of Honors classes taught at the
Honors Center in Ft. Douglas and join in a series of community building
activities, discussions, and collaborations. Students take five Honors
courses over the course of the first year.
First-Year Floor is a good choice for first-year students who plan to
study in lockstep majors or majors that leave little room for the required
cluster of Honors classes taken by the Honors Living and Learning
students. This option gives the flexibility necessary to take
required major courses and still be part of the Honors community.
The Poulson House is part of the elite row of
houses located at the top of Officers’ Circle at Fort Douglas where 12
Honors students live together in an historic
sandstone, Victorian house.
Honors Innovation House provides students who lived on the Living
and Learning floor a continuation of that experience. Only students
who lived on the floor are eligible to live in the Second-Year House.
students live in the S.J. Quinney Law House where
law students mentor them. Honors students can also participate in law
school events and meet with faculty and other students from the law school.
The Honors Student Advisory Committee
(HSAC) HSAC is an independent student
organization that serves primarily as liaison between students and the
Honors College. The student organization has considerable input in the
selection of courses and faculty. HSAC members also mentor incoming
freshmen throughout their first year to help new students become familiar
with the Honors College and engage in service activities.
Honors Policy Board
The Honors Policy Board consists of faculty representatives from
undergraduate colleges and is chaired by the Associate Vice President for Academic
Affairs. The Board is responsible for overseeing the operations of the
Honors College and for approving the policies and procedures governing the
Departmental and College Honors Advisors
Each undergraduate college and each 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.
Honors College Curriculum
The Honors curriculum includes individual courses, sequence courses,
seminars, and workshops. No Honors course exceeds an enrollment of 30
students, and the average student/faculty ratio is 17 to one. Class
instructors are chosen on the basis of their demonstrated teaching
excellence and include the regular faculty as well as highly selected
adjunct professors and lecturers. Most of these scholars actively publish
research in their field, and courses are frequently designed by the professors
to coincide with their current research activity. Occasionally, individuals
from the community, who have distinguished themselves in their profession
and who are proven good teachers, are invited to teach in the Honors
College. Teaching assistants and teaching fellows never teach Honors