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Honors Program in Engagement & Scholarship (HOPES)

Honors Program Mission
The Honors Program in Engagement & Scholarship (HOPES) will empower student scholarship and encourage active citizenship, leadership, and devotion to the common good.

Honors Program Description
The Honors Program in Engagement & Scholarship (HOPES) is a concentration program that encourages motivated students to explore challenging and personally-tailored programs of advanced study. Coursework emphasizes the complex relationship between individuals and their communities (local, regional, national, and global) through creative seminars and independent research opportunities.

Honors Program Goals & Outcomes
Goal: To promote critical, reflective, & independent thinking

Goal: To nurture a commitment to community awareness, involvement, and service

Goal: To foster excellence in verbal and written communication skills

Goal: To cultivate awareness of global issues and cultural diversity

Admission and Retention To be eligible for admission, first-year students (freshmen) must have a minimum composite ACT score of 25 or a high school GPA of 3.50 or higher (on a 4.00 scale). Students seeking admission after at least one academic term at the university must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.30. The program is open only to baccalaureate students taking eight or more credits each term.

To be retained in the Honors Program, students must have a minimum 3.00 GPA in honors courses and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher. Students whose honors or cumulative GPA falls below the required minimum will be placed on probation status. Students whose GPA falls below the required minimum for two consecutive semesters will be dropped from the program. Students must meet minimum GPA requirements and complete Honors Senior Essay project (HON 451H) with a grade of B or above in order to fulfill the requirements of the concentration and graduate with the Honors Program designation.

Coursework The Honors Program earns a concentration, and students take a minimum of 27-29 semester hours within the program. Course requirements for most majors permit enough “open” electives to accommodate the addition of honors coursework.

Students in the Honors Program participate in lively seminar discussions, conduct independent study and research, produce and present an advanced-level writing project, participate in community service projects, and earn public recognition for their achievements.

Honors Program Required Coursework (27-29 cr)
Two honors ("H") classes that satisfy general education or diversity requirements*

Two semesters of foreign language, including the option of American Sign (6-8)

HON 191H The Honors Community            (1)
HON 252H Visionaries of the Past         (2)
HON 254H Information in the Digital Age  (2)
HON 264H Thinking Outside the Box        (3)
   or study abroad                       (3)
   or an honors elective course          (3)
HON 351H Integrity & the Examined Life   (3)
HON 391H Community Problem-Solving       (3)
HON 395H Global Citizenship & Service    (3)
HON 450H Project & Portfolio Design      (1)
HON 451H Senior Essay & Seminar          (3)

*Some academic majors may require completion of specific General Education or Diversity courses and may not be able to accept Honors Program substitutions. Students should routinely consult with their academic advisors.