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USU Honors Program Requirements

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 of the Honors Seminar Courses (3 credits), which fulfill USU’s General Education Breadth requirements. Students may take additional seminars to satisfy these GE requirements, if desired.

• Two additional Honors sections of introductory courses, including courses such as 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

Any combination of the following options:

• 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 (3 points each)

• Study Abroad or Internship for credit (up to 6 credits)

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  Formal Proposal

• 3 credit Thesis/Capstone course, culminating in the Senior Thesis/Capstone Project

Ongoing Requirements

• 6 total points earned by attending and reporting on co-curricular activities. Students will receive .5 point per event that they attend and report. Three events/reports (at least one each semester plus another) are required per year.

• Mandatory College and Honors advising each term:  students receive priority registration only if they have met with both their college advisor and the Honors program advisor.

Students must earn at least a B+ in ENGL 2010. Students must also maintain a 3.25 cumulative GPA at USU to remain in the program and achieve a 3.5 cumulative GPA to graduate with Honors. Students may not register for pre-thesis or thesis credit until they have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA.

Transfer or Existing USU Students

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, the 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:

• Students may list on their applications 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.

• 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.