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UNO - College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media
HONORS PROGRAM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Admission Requirements
Incoming freshmen are invited to participate in the Honors Program with an ACT score of 26, an SAT score of 1950, or by recommendation of their high school faculty or staff.
Application may be made at any time before a student earns 65 credit hours (junior year).The admission requirements are:


  • For entering freshmen:
    ACT comp score of at least 26; SAT score of at least 1850, or departmental/school recommendation on the basis of creative ability.
  • For entering transfer students: 
    A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.30 for the two previous semesters at their former college and at least 26 accepted semester transfer credit hours.
  • For current CFAM students: 
    A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30 for at least fifteen credit hours at UNO, and an average GPA of 3.30 in all courses taken in student’s major department.
  • For All
    A student must earn a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30 to maintain membership.* 

* If the student’s GPA falls below 3.30, s/he will be placed on Honors probation for the next semester of enrollment.  If the student raises his/her GPA to 3.30, s/he will be reinstated as a member; if not, the student will be dismissed from the program, Reapplication for admission may be accomplished at a later time. The requirement for membership may be waived for a student who has demonstrated high ability but fails to meet the stated norms.  This action requires approval by the Honors Program Committee and the Dean of the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media.

CFAM Honors Program Coordinators

Art, Music, Theatre & Writers Workshop Majors
Chantel Crockett, (402) 554-2563, ASH 108, ccrockett@unomaha.edu

Broadcasting, Journalism & Speech Communication Majors
Chantel Crockett, (402) 554-2563, ASH 108, ccrockett@unomaha.edu
Dr. Marshall Prisbell, (402) 554-4848, ASH 107Q, mprisbell@unomaha.edu

UNO Honors Program Office
(402) 554-2696, ASH 105

UNO - College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media
HONORS PROGRAM GUIDELINES for CFAM

Students in the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media must:


  • maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher AND
  • maintain a major GPA of 3.50 or higher AND
  • maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher in honors coursework
  • complete at least 6, but no more than 12 credits of honors colloquia

Continued Eligibility
Students must maintain a 3.30 GPA in Honors courses and a cumulative GPA of 3.30 as required by CFAM.  Specific Scholarship GPA requirements supersede college GPA requirements (Distinguished Scholarship Competition and World Herald Scholarship, for example).

Program Options
Students in the University Honors Program can opt for one of the following three options:

Option l - University Honors with Distinction (with thesis)

To earn University Honors with Distinction, a student must complete 30 credit hours of Honors work, including a thesis or creative project. The recommended curriculum is 6-9 credit hours per year in the first and second years, and 6 credit hours per year in the third and fourth.
These credits are to include:*


  • at least 6 credits of honors colloquia (two courses)
  • 3-6 credits of Senior Thesis OR Creative Activity OR Departmental Capstone with contract
  • Presentation of Senior Thesis/Activity at the Honors Symposium the semester of graduation

Option ll - University Honors (no thesis)

To earn University Honors, a student must complete 24 credit hours of Honors work. The recommended curriculum is 6-9 credit hours per year in the first and second years, and 6 credit hours per year in the third and fourth.
These credits are to include:*


  • 6 hours of colloquia (two courses)
  • Presentation of Senior Project at the Honors Symposium the semester of graduation

Option lll - University Honors (thesis substitution)

Requires completion of 30 credit hours of Honors coursework. The recommended curriculum is 6-9 credit hours for the first year, and 6 credit hours per year in the remaining three years. These credits are to include:*


  • 6 hours of colloquia (two courses), no waivers
  • 6 hours of honors ONLY coursework (preferably in first year)
  • Presentation of at the Honors Symposium the semester of graduation

Instead of the thesis/creative activity required in Option I, the student may substitute one of the following:

  1. A  study abroad experience of at least one semester with a minimum of 12 credit hours earned and a written paper submitted which would be the basis of the required presentation;
  2. A two-semester off campus Internship at the middle management or above level and a written paper submitted which would be the basis of the required presentation;
  3. Two service learning courses and submission of a written paper that would be the basis of the required presentation may, with the approval of the College Coordinator and the University Honors Committee, substitute for the thesis in Option I;
  4. A School/departmental senior level capstone course and presentation may, with the approval of the College Coordinator and the University Honors Committee, substitute for the thesis in Option I;
  5. Education students may substitute student teaching and presentation, for the thesis in Option I.

Transfer Students & Junior Entrants
Students who enter the Honors program with more than 50 transfer hours from outside of UNO must complete 15 credit hours of Honors work to include:


  • 6 hours of colloquia (two courses). College coordinators and committee may grant exceptions to this requirement.
  • 6 credit hours of Senior Thesis OR Creative Activity OR Departmental Capstone
  • 6 credit hours of honors coursework OR 35 hours of verified and supervised community service, volunteerism or relevant work experience.
  • Presentation of Senior Project the semester of graduation required
    (Students earning K-12 certification may also select their Plan “B” option and present findings of selected project based on student teaching experience in lieu of the Senior Thesis/Capstone.)

CFAM will accept all Honors credit articulated from another National Collegiate Honors Council institution provided student transfers “in good standing”. Credits will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Honors Credit Hours
Honors Program credit may be earned in four categories:

1)   Core Colloquia
Designated as Honors 3000, these courses are multi-disciplinary in scope.  The subject matter will change each semester, and a student may enroll twice in each. Six (6) colloquia semester hours are required*; a maximum of twelve hours are permissible. All count as non-major credit in the Program, even if the course is offered within a student’s major.

* Colloquia Hours Exception:
With written recommendation of the CFAM Coordinator and approval of the Honors Program Committee students may be eligible to substitute an additional 3 credit hour Honors course for one of the colloquia.

2)   University Courses Carrying Honors Credit
These are designated by section number (097, 098, 099) and often combined with non-Honors sections of the same course.

3)   Contracted Independent Study
A student may contract for Honors credit in any course not designated as Honors.  The contract must be approved by the Honors Program Coordinator and may be earned to count towards the 30 hour Honors requirement. Contracts can be obtained through the Honors Program Office or the CFAM Honors Program Coordinators.

4)   Honors Senior Project/Creative Activity/Thesis
During a student’s final semester, s/he will submit a proposal for a 3-6 credit hour Honors Project for approval to a CFAM Honors Program Coordinator and the Honors Program Director (in consultation with appropriate faculty).  The student may receive credit either within or outside of his/her major department.

**   Acceptable Honors Credit


  • Up to 9 credits of high school AP credit with grades of “5”.
  • Up to 6 credits of internships, tutoring or similar activity

Honors Faculty
All members of CFAM faculty are eligible to teach in its Honors Program. The CFAM coordinators are appointed by the Dean and have responsibility for CFAM Program oversight, as well as reporting to the Dean, Educational Policy Committee, and the College faculty as a whole.