What It's Like

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So, what's it like to actually be part of the USA Honors Program? Here's a brief guide to what to expect to do, and what we'll expect of you, in each year of your time here.

Freshman Year

Attend Honors Retreat at Start of Year

Complete 24-30 hours of Coursework (12-15/semester), including at least 9 Hours of H-designated General Education courses and HON101 (or alternate equivalent)

Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA

Attend all Mandatory Meetings (1/semester) and as many major Honors Events - Ghouls for Good, 12th Night, Symphony Night - as possible

Attend other Honors events - Movie Nights, Speakers/Symposia in the Bethel, Tailgating - as possible.

Identify potential faculty mentors

Arrange/begin volunteer research experience (OUR) if possible.

Work with Drs. Hamilton and Steadman to identify relevant competitive scholarship opportunities.

Join HPO

Join at least 1 non-honors activity/interest-based campus organization

Summer- Participate in Volunteer Research or Study Abroad or Service project


Sophomore Year

Complete 24-30 hours of Coursework (12-15/semester), including HON 102

Maintain at least a 3.25 GPA

Attend all Mandatory Meetings (1/semester) and as many major Honors Events as possible

Attend and help out with other Honors events when possible.

Declare a Major and Minor if you haven't already

Identify your faculty mentor if you haven't already

Begin volunteer research experience (OUR) if you haven't already

Begin application process for competitive scholarships as appropriate

Summer - Participate in Study Abroad or Research Experience (OUR/REU) or Service Project

 

Junior Year

Complete 24-30 hours of Coursework (12-15/semester), including HON 103, at least one Upper-Division Honors Seminar, at least 3 hours of XXX499 Thesis Research, if possible.

Maintain at least a 3.5 GPA

Attend all Mandatory Meetings (1/semester) and as many major Honors Events as possible

Attend and help out with other Honors events when possible.

Start volunteering for leadership roles within Honors program and other campus organizations you're involved with

Continue working with mentor on OUR research

Begin Planning/Conducting Thesis Research

Apply to at least one competitive scholarship

Summer - Participate in Research Experience (OUR/REU), Domestic or International Internship, Study Abroad, or Service Project

 

Senior Year

Complete 24-30 hours of Coursework (12-15/semester), including finishing up both of your required Upper-Division Honors Seminars and all 6 hours of XXX499 Thesis Hours.

Maintain at least a 3.5 GPA

Attend all Mandatory Meetings (1/semester) and organize major Honors Events

Organize and attend other Honors events as possible.

Assume leadership positions within and beyond the Honors Program

Finish Thesis Research

Write and Defend Thesis

Graduate with Honors