Students must earn a minimum of 28 Honors points by successfully completing course credits or documenting extracurricular contracts and co-curricular activities, as outlined below:
• Honors Core Course Requirements — 9 points, typically begun in the 1st year
• At least one Honors Introductory Seminar (3 credits). These seminars fulfill USU’s General Education Breadth requirements.
• Two additional Honors sections of introductory courses, including additional Honors Introductory Seminars (see above), English 2010(H), Math 1220(H) or 2210(H), or ECON 1500(H) or 2010(H)
Practical Application Requirements — 9 points, typically in the 2nd and 3rd years
Students may complete any combination of the following:
• Think Tank Courses (3 credits each) that fulfill USU General Education Depth requirements (these courses may count EITHER for core course requirements or practical application requirements, depending on need)
• Contracts with faculty for academic work outside the classroom (3 points each for approximately 20 hours of work)
• Study Abroad or Internship (up to 6 points/credits for experiences taken for credit; up to 6 points as contract work for non-credit experience)
Thesis Requirements — 4 points completed through coursework in the final 3 semesters
• 1-credit pre-thesis/capstone HONR 3900 class that results in a polished Thesis/Capstone Proposal
• 3-credit thesis/capstone course, resulting in the Senior Thesis/Capstone Project
• 6 total points earned by attending and reporting on co-curricular activities. Students will earn .5 point per event that they attend and report in Canvas. Honors requires students to attend and report on at least three events per year (one each semester plus one more either term).
• Mandatory college and Honors advising each term: students get priority registration only if they have met with both their college advisor and the Honors program advisor before registration begins.
• Students must earn at least a B+ in ENGL 2010 or equivalent course. Students must also maintain a 3.25 cumulative GPA at USU to remain in the program and a 3.5 cumulative GPA to graduate with Honors. Students may not register for pre-thesis or thesis credit unless they have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA.
Transfer or existing USU students may apply to the Honors program if they have time remaining at USU to complete all Honors requirements (usually 4 semesters). There will be time during those four semesters to earn the 9 Practical Application points, 4 Thesis/Capstone points, and at least 3 Co-Curricular points (16 points total). In addition, these students can earn 3 of the Honors Core Course Requirements by proving that they have passed ENGL 2010 (or equivalent) with at least a B grade. They must make up the additional 9 points through a combination of the following options:
• The student’s extracurricular resume is extremely important. Students should list previous college work in Honors courses, service projects, internships, research, and study abroad; previous Honors course credits transfer directly; academic work outside the classroom earns 3 points per 20 hours (please indicate clearly the amount of time spent on each activity).
• Students may attend and report additional co-curricular activities during their final four semesters and/or do additional contract work.
While it is possible to complete the program this way, the benefits to a four-year Honors experience are the regular opportunities to create social and professional connections with peers, professors, and alumni; the individualized academic attention received in smaller general education classes; and the special programs that allow Honors students to pursue Service-Learning Scholar, Global Engagement Scholar, and Undergraduate Research transcript designations.