Academics is the core of the University Honors Program, and we offer courses designed to engage all Honors students actively in their academic choices and possibilities. All Honors students share a common Honors curriculum that enables all students from every major in every college to complete the University Honors Program requirements their way.
The following requirements apply to all students entering the Program in Fall 2015 or later:
- One Honors-only course (such as ENGL 2160 or CMST 1110 - these can be found by searching for section numbers in the 90s)
- Two Honors Colloquia courses
- A thesis/practicum/senior project course
Including the above, the student must earn 24 hours of Honors credit and have a GPA of 3.5 or higher in order to graduate with Honors.
Students take two Honors colloquia classes, and those interdisciplinary courses change every semester. Students are exposed, through a colloquium course, to many different perspectives, disciplines and theoretical and actual possibilities; being compelled to utilize such multi- and interdisciplinary viewpoints thus encourages students to see their own and other angles of visions anew. A colloquium class is thus broader, deeper, richer, and more learner-centered in its focus and investigation; it is central to a community of exceptional students and faculty. Colloquia classes are generally more seminar-like in their discursive and participatory structure than many college classes can be since Honors courses have lower enrollment limits. A list of recent colloquia offerings is available here.
Through taking a colloquium course, students have taught computer skills to inmates at a prison as a way to understand technology and its applications, while others have researched the history of buildings in an Omahan neighborhood and thus served the local Restoration Society as they continue to work to preserve history in Omaha.
Students are also expected to demonstrate their engagement on campus and in the community. See the Honors Rules and Requirements sheet for details. Portfolio Guidelines are available and a Box folder will be created just for you.
You can see examples of recent theses/capstones/creative projects here.The former curriculum (for students who started Honors coursework before Fall 2015) are outlined here.
Students can also earn Honors credits through the following:
- Internship weekly form (fillable PDF)
- Tutoring (under development)--Student Kess Packey notes that "tutoring was such a fun experience and it was something I never thought I would do. Tutoring gave me the chance to interact with many different people and I learned how to change the way I communicate, depending on the person. I will definitely be able to use those skills throughout the rest of my life and career. I want to continue helping people."
- Honors Contract Booklet
- Honors Contract Form for Calculus
- Honors Contract Form for Summer 2020