University Honors Program (UHP)
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The University Honors Program (UHP) is an academic experience for motivated undergraduate students who seek a challenging and intellectually enriched learning environment.  The program cultivates students in their academic development by providing small classes and seminars that are led by some of the university's most accomplished teachers and scholars. It also allows students to work one-on-one with their professors on customized H-Option projects. 

Further, through high-impact practices such as study abroad/ travel studyHonors conference participation, the Honors Advantage Learning Community and Honors Enrichment Learning Community, special field trips, service learning projects, and scholarship opportunities, the program supports Honors students to achieve their full potential as students, prospective professionals, and future civic leaders.  Finally, the program has fashioned fruitful collaborations with the Undergraduate Research Program and the McNair Scholars Program.


  • All Honors students who successfully complete a special H-Option Project are invited to convert their project into a conference poster or presentation at the Upper Midwest Regional Honors Conference (UMHC) in Spring 2019. The UHP will be sending out more details about the Honors conference later in the fall.
  • Consider signing up for one or more Honors 498 courses (1 credit, graded S/NC). These courses are designed to be community-building and personal-enrichment courses. Honors 498 courses are repeatable up to six times. Below are the three Honors 498 courses in 2018-19:
Honors Director Dr. Elizabeth Kim       Honors 498.01 Multicultural Events

Students attend several multicultural events on campus and report back to the class on their discoveries. The class will culminate in a dinner at the instructor's house. Offered in fall 2018. Instructor: Dr. Elizabeth Kim

       Honors 498.02 Honors Common ReadEric Compas

This year's book is No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process by Colin Beaven. This book follows Beaven as he and his family try, for one year, to make zero environmental impact on the Earth. The list of special components and more information to follow. Offered in spring 2018, 1st five weeks.  Instructor: Dr. Eric Compas

            Honors 291 Honors SeminarAlexandria Delcourt

This spring's theme will be the timely topic of U.S. Immigration. Students will learn the history, policies, and diverse experiences of U.S. immigrants through the centuries. This course will take place in weeks 6-9 of the spring semester and will culminate in a 4-day/3-night travel study to New York City during spring break 2019. Instructor: Alexandria Delcourt. Apply here for this opportunity!

  • Plan Ahead! Honors students may enroll in Travel Study 491: Sociology Honors to Ireland and UK (3 credits) which takes place from late May to mid June 2019. Honors students who have enrolled in this course have attested to the richness of the experience. Sign up for the course, and experience the wonders of the course for yourself! Learn more by visiting here! Apply here for this opportunity!
  • The UHP website features a section called "Honors Students in the Spotlight." If you would like to be included in the spotlight for a special achievement as an Honors student, please do let the UHP know. In addition, if you would like to contribute a video or written testimonial about how the UHP has enriched you academically or personally, you are welcome to do so.
  • Periodically check the homepage for UHP news and important announcements, including application deadlines for Honors scholarships/awards.