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Relevance of a Liberal Arts Education:

  •  Graduate school admissions committees and human resources search committees seek distinguished undergraduate candidates:  individuals who engage in cross disciplinary thinking, who have a knowledge pool which is wide and deep and who have substantial writing abilities.
  •  Graduate schools and employers value individuals with a breadth of knowledge – a holistic education – blending humanities, social sciences, science, technology, math and engineering, along with possessing a passionate integration of academics, self-development, empathetic and engaged citizenry – hence our Honors Program Learn, Lead, Serve focus.
  • Yes, there has been a growing broad emphasis on career-ready academic programs, particularly in computer science, engineering, business and finance. 
  • However, employers identify flexibility, creativity, communication (especially written), problem solving and critical thinking as highly valued attributes of their new hires. 
  • Furthermore, liberal arts attributes are seen as essential for success today and in the future.  Challenges we face are becoming more global, internationalization and innovation are gaining momentum in order for us to succeed within the shrinking world stage. 
  • “Just as mathematics is considered to be a good exercise for the brain even for those who will never use calculus in the future, so the study of great books, history, languages, music and many other non-science fields is likely to hone a scientist’s ability to perceive and interpret the natural world.”
  • “Scientists need the same skills as humanists to cut through misleading observations and arrive at a defensible interpretation.”
                Nobel Laureate Thomas R. Cech
                President, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
                Distinguished Chemistry, Biochemistry Professor
                University of Colorado – Boulder


UHON351 seminars are the heart of the Honors Program and are small, special seminars on interesting topics. Better yet, your peers actively participate in class alongside you! They won't be sleeping, texting, or coming to class late. Courses change every semester with at least 50% new courses on the roster; a current list can be found below.

Listed below are the types of courses which may be taken to earn credit in the University Honors Program:

UHON 351: The Honors Curriculum

Honors courses substitute for University Core Curriculum requirements, and are numbered to correspond to the UCC categories, as follows:

  • 351F: Fine Arts
  • 351I: Interdisciplinary Studies
  • 351L: Human Health
  • 351M: Multicultural Diversity in the U.S.
  • 351O: Social Science
  • 351S: Laboratory Science
  • 351U: Humanities

University Honors Courses (UHON 351)

Designed especially for University Honors Students, these small classes are taught by faculty of recognized excellence and substitute for Core Curriculum requirements. Reservation cards are required for registration in these courses; the cards are limited in number and available only at the Honors Program office. The reservation process is explained here

Fall 2018

Spring 2019 

Departmental Honors Recognized courses

Designed for outstanding students in specific departments, these courses may be counted toward the Honors Program certificate or degree. Download a complete listing of courses.

Contract courses 

The Honors Contract allows the student to receive honors credit in a regular course. Students should approach their professor within the first week of class, ideally; if possible, the student should also come with ideas. Some possible examples of Honors contracts include, but are not limited to:

  • A paper on a more challenging topic than those required of other students
  • More sophisticated experiments or problems
  • Extra problem sets or experiments in an area not heavily explored in class
  • Extended readings on an author or historical figure not thoroughly covered in the class
  • Viewing films or documentaries related to the subject matter and writing response papers
  • Leading a class discussion on a topic thoroughly studied and prepared by the student
  • Translating a short work into English (in a basic foreign language course)
  • Meetings with the instructor to discuss additional readings

The contract form is submitted to the Director of the UHP for approval. The deadline is Friday of the third week of classes; during the summer term, the deadline is the Friday of the first week of classes.

(Download the contract form)

Independent Study

An independent project (readings, field study, creative projects), approved in advance by the Director. Complete a UHON 399 form.

Internships and Travel/Study Programs

Honors credit may be given for a faculty-directed paper based on some internships and travel/study programs, if approved by the Honors Director before the internship or travel.


Required of all students pursuing the Honors diploma; an option for students pursuing the Honors certificate.