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 recommended, typically begun in the first year
• At least one Honors Introductory Seminar required (3 credits): these seminars fulfill USU’s General Education Breadth requirements.
• For remaining points, choose from additional Honors courses or sections, including additional Honors Introductory Seminars (see above), Honors Think Tank (3010/3020/3030), Honors 3900 (3-credit special topics), ENGL 2010(H), ENGL 2300(H), MATH 1220(H) or 2210(H), and ECON 1500(H) or 2010(H).
Practical Application Requirements—9–12 points recommended, typically in the second and third years
Students may complete any combination of the following:
• Honors Think Tank seminars (3 credits each), which fulfill USU’s General Education Depth requirements (these courses may count EITHER for core course requirements [see above] 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/Capstone 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: this course does not count toward Honors Core Course requirements.
• 3-credit thesis/capstone course, resulting in the Senior Thesis/Capstone Project.
Community Engagement Requirements—6 points earned by attending and reporting on co-curricular activities
• Students will earn 1/2 point per event attended and reported 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 department and Honors advising each term for first-year students, annually thereafter. Students get priority registration only if they have met with both their department advisor and the Honors program advisor before registration begins.
• Students must earn at least a B+ in ENGL 2010 or equivalent course.
• Students must earn at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA to graduate with Honors. In order to ensure success, the Honors Program issues an academic warning to students whose semester GPA falls into the 3.3–3.5 range; we remind these students of Honors graduation requirements and offer additional advising as necessary. Students who earn a semester GPA between 2.5–3.29 are put on Honors academic probation and have one semester to improve. Students who do not earn at least a 3.3 GPA during that probation semester become academically ineligible for the University Honors Program. Any student whose semester GPA drops below 2.5 immediately becomes academically ineligible for Honors. Academically ineligible students may petition to be readmitted to Honors by contacting Program Coordinator Amber Summers-Graham (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 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 documenting 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:
Credit for Past Work: Students should list on their extracurricular resumes previous college work in Honors courses, service projects, internships, research, and study abroad. Previous Honors course credits transfer directly; academic work outside the classroom typically earns 3 points per 20 hours (please indicate clearly on your resume the amount of time spent on each activity).
Credit for Present Work: Students may attend and report additional co-curricular activities during their final four semesters and/or complete additional contract work.
While it is possible to complete the program this way, the benefits of a four-year Honors experience are the regular opportunities to create social and professional connections with peers, professors, and alumni; the individualized academic attention 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.