Announcements: What's new with the Honors Program?
On Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 7:00pm at the McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center (MRHHC), students and faculty will discover more about the history of our region – the region that we all call home – western Pennsylvania. Together they will explore the rich and wonderful history of Brownsville, California (Pennsylvania of course), Donora, Dormont, and McKeesport. Over the past semester a number of have been working with Dr. Christina Fisanick, Associate Professor of English, the 14 Honors 150 students collaborated with the staff at five HCAP sites to produce their videos. Below are the five HCAP sites and the students who worked with such sites.
-California Area Historical Society:
Andrew Sontag, Roman Toth, and Jacquelyn Peddiford
-Dormont Historical Society:
Tyler Harclerode, Brandon Mohney, and Aaron Morgan
-Brownsville Area Revitalization Corporation:
Emily Ritchie, Laura Owens, and Ali Steiner
-McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center:
Clair Harris, Julianna Aguirre, and Shannon Chilcote
The Honors Program would like to congratulate all 2013 graduates! We are proud of your accomplishments!
Social Media Connection:
The link to the UHP Facebook social media page is https://www.facebook.com/calu.honors
Honors Students Supercharge Cal U Education
The University Honors Program (UHP) provides an enhanced educational experience for some of Cal U's most talented students. Honors students work with faculty to explore scholarly, professional and artistic exercises outside the classroom and engage in community service activities that complement their studies. The benefits of the University Honors Program are many:
- Enhanced educational experience
- Challenging Honors coursework
- Honors addendum
- Thesis project
- Honors Travel
- PASSHE summer Honors scholarship
- Honors Residence Hall
- Priority registration
Fall 2013 Courses
HON 320: Topics in Self and Society. Dr. Holiday Adair, Department of Psychology MWF 12:00-12:50. The goal of this class is to examine in a variety of ways, three fundamental human experiences that have emotional, physiological and social components. Students will explore attraction, sexual and emotional, how and why people fall in love, and the formation and continuance of long-term relationships. It will satisfy a social science general education requirement.
HON 270: Global Transitions Since 1300. Dr. Laura Tuennerman, Department of History and Political Science T& TH 9:30-10:45. This class will look at comparative women's history, focusing on topics such as sexuality, marriage, beauty and motherhood. Examples will be drawn from all over the world. It will satisfy a humanities or multicultural general education requirement.
Autumn 2013 Newsletter
The last Newsletter published by the California University of PA Honors Program is here!
Who Gets Accepted?
Each year, Cal U reviews the applications of incoming first-year and transfer students. Those with the very highest indicators of past and future academic success are invited to apply to join the University Honors Program. Typically, students must have acquired at least a 1200 score on the SAT or a combination of 3.00 high school GPA and 1100 SAT.
What are the Course Requirements?
Honors students have the privilege of priority registration. That means they are likely to register for the classes they want, at the times they want, with the professors they want. UHP students are required to complete 24 honors credits in order to graduate from the program. Students accumulate honors credits, or HON credits, two ways:
1. Take honors courses, which are reserved for UHP students only.
2. Transform many Cal U 3-plus credit courses into honors courses through the honors addendum process.
Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and demonstrate ability in all honors courses and progress throughout the UHP curriculum.
A Scholastic, Family-Like Environment
Students have the opportunity to live in the state-of-the-art Honors Residence Hall, Smith Hall. The hall provides easy access to the UHP offices and computer labs and study rooms reserved exclusively for UHP members. Some residents find they can fully participate in the UHP community by living here because first-year students live and socialize with honors upperclassmen. But regardless of where they live, all honors students receive the program's many benefits.
Experiential, hands-on learning is an important part of Honors education at Cal U. Each year professors organize excursions, lectures, workshops and reserach projects related to our course offerings. As a result, students have visited, free of charge, organic farms, the Flight 93 Memorial, and New York City.
Summer Honors Program
Cal U honors students also have the opportunity to compete for a PASSHE summer honors program scholarship for study at a PASSHE university and abroad. Selected students participate in two weeks of study at the host institution, then study abroad for two weeks.
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