Social/Enrichment

You are invited to participate in the many opportunities for social and intellectual enrichment that the University Honors Program offers. Below is a list of activities or organizations. Please come and join us!

Honors Student Association (HSA) is the social aspect of the University Honors Program. HSA creates opportunities for Honors students to build community and have fun outside of the formal classroom setting. In addition to monthly meetings, students can engage in social events such as HSA fundraisers, movie nights, sporting events, and more! There are also leadership positions available on the HSA E-Board for those who are looking to serve in a leadership role within a student organization.

Although students are strongly encouraged to participate in HSA-sponsored events, participation is not required in order to stay active in the UHP. For more on the HSA, go here.


Honors 498 courses are 1-credit courses, graded Satisfactory or No Credit (S/NC), and capped at 20 students. These smaller seminar-size classes are intended to build community among Honors students and to engage participants in timely, socially compelling topics while offering experiential learning opportunities.

There are currently three Honors 498 courses: Multicultural Events (fall semester), the Honors Common Read (spring semester) and the Honors Seminar (spring semester). Since the specific topic of each course differs from year to year, students may repeat these courses up to six (6) times. Successful completion of an Honors 498 course earns an Honors student one Honors credit (which also counts as one University credit).

For more information on Honors 498 courses, go here.


Honors Advantage LC:

Honors Advantage LC students live together in Arey Hall and enroll in three Honors classes during their first semester: ENGLISH 105 Freshman English Honors, GENED 130 Individual and Society, and INTRAUNV 104 New Student Seminar.  In the second semester they may choose to enroll in the Honors Section of GENED 120 Historical Perspectives (tentative), and INTRAUNV 124 Service Learning and Leadership.

View the Honors Advantage Learning Community, and sign up today!

Honors Enrichment LC:

Honors Enrichment LC students live together in Arey Hall and enroll in three Honors classes during their first semester: ENGLISH 105 Freshman English Honors, GENED 140 Global Perspectives, and INTRAUNV 104 New Student Seminar.  In the second semester they may choose to enroll in the Honors Section of COMM 110 Inro to Human Communication (tentative), and INTRAUNV 124 Service Learning and Leadership.

View the Honors Enrichment Learning Community, and sign up today!

Honors LC members will feel connected--often developing lifelong friendships--with other inquisitive, creative, and high-achieving students.  Joining the LC is the only way you can be absolutely sure of enrolling in some Honors-only sections of required GENED courses.  In addition, a faculty member who is the LC coordinator organizes regular fun social activities for LC members.


The UMHC Conference is hosted each spring by the Honors Program of a college or university in the Upper Midwest Regional Honors Council. Conference participation offers Honors students a formal setting to share their best work—whether it’s a favorite H-Option Project or a research project for an Honors course that is converted into a conference presentation OR an innovative project that enhances the University Honors Program. If your application for the UMHC is accepted by UW-W’s Honors Council and UMHC conference officials, then all expenses related to your conference participation will be paid for by the University Honors Program. Up to ten (10) participants will be supported each year. Honors students may work on a conference presentation by themselves or in a team. For the Spring 2018 UMHC conference description and application, click here (The application for the 2018 UMHC Conference is currently being updated).


Honors students with an interesting H-Option Project or a research project originating in an Honors course may wish to convert their project into a presentation (panel or poster) at UW-Whitewater’s Undergraduate Research Days, usually in late September and mid-March.


The University Honors Program sponsors (on average) one day trip per semester to a special regional locale that has high educational and personal enrichment value. Typically, the field trips are tied to an Honors 498 course, but all Honors students are invited to attend. The admission fee for most field trip destinations is covered by the UHP.

The proposed field trip for fall 2017 is the Urban Ecology Center (Riverside Park) and Milwaukee Public Market in Milwaukee, WI. 

Past field trips included the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, WI; Aldo Leopold Center, Baraboo, WI; Eco-Justice Center, Racine, WI; Growing Power Community Garden, Milwaukee, WI; the Hmong American Peace Academy and the Hmong American Friendship Association, Milwaukee, WI.


In March, the UHP holds a banquet open to all UHP students, their loved ones, faculty, and administrators to celebrate its achievements in the past year. A special recognition is given to graduating seniors and Honors Scholarships winners.

2017 Honors Reception Presentation 

 
2015 Honors Banquet Presentation

2016 Honors Banquet Presentation 


Japanese Studies instructor Kasumi Kato, a yoga and meditation expert, leads a workshop on practical meditation techniques at the end of fall and spring semesters to help participants better relax, de-stress, and focus for finals week.