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Honors Program

Announcements: What's new with the Honors Program?

Many University Honors Program students traveled this summer to have exceptional experiences! Here are some pictures from their trips:

A Student poses in front of a mountain range

Two students hide in a cave in Canada

A student works in a hospital.

The Honors Program would like to congratulate all of our students who graduated in Spring, 2014!

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:

Fall 2014 Courses  

HON 320: Topics in Self and Society. Dr. Greg Spicer, Department of Communication Studies; T & TH 3:30-4:45pm. This course will focus on oral argument and rhetoric and will fulfill a “Public Speaking” Gen Ed requirement.

HON 270: Global Transitions Since 1300: This Land Was Ours: How and Why American Indians Lost a Continent. Dr. Clarissa Confer, Department of History; T & TH 9:30-10:45am. This course will examine native American culture since 1500 and this will fulfill an "Arts and Humanities" or a "Diversity" Gen Ed requirement. 

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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.

Honors Courses

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.

Honors Travel

Experiential, hands-on learning is an important part of Honors education at Cal U. Each year professors organize excursions, lectures, workshops and research 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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