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:
• 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).
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)
• 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
• 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 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.