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Advising

Honors College Advising

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The Honors College offers supplemental advising that helps students develop a cohesive and comprehensive plan for completing their degree and engaging in meaningful experiences and research at UW. 

All students at UW are assigned an advisor in their major college/department.  This primary advisor helps students plan their courses each semester and helps them monitor progress towards their degree.  Students are required to meet with their primary advisor at least once per semester in order to review their planned schedule for the next semester and to receive their Personal Electronic Registration Code (PERC).  Students cannot register for Fall or Spring classes without meeting with their primary advisor. 

Honors Advising supports the work that students do with their primary advisors.  We instruct students on Honors curriculum requirements and help students select their Honors courses.  We can assist students in creating four-year (or five- or six-year) graduation plans.  We also coordinate transfer credit, study abroad opportunities, and substitutions within the Honors College.  Furthermore, we support the Honors Senior Thesis Coordinator in helping students develop their senior projects. Additionally, we can assist students with study skills and getting connected on campus.

Individual advising with Honors is optional.  Advising with your primary advisor is required.  This means that most Honors students will attend at least two advising sessions per semester: One session with their major/primary advisor and one optional advising session (group, walk-in, or individual) with Honors.

Year-Round Advising

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Honors offers year-round advising services.  Ann Stebner Steele, the Honors Advising Coordinator, is available to meet with you through an individual appointment or during walk-in hours from 1-2pm Monday-Thursday year round.  Schedule an appointment with Ann with this link: https://bquplounchxzkkjsxzxsw-free.10to8.com.

Have senior thesis questions throughout the academic year? Please contact Dr. Joslyn Cassady, Senior Thesis Coordinator, to set up a meeting: jcassady@uwyo.edu.

Peak Advising for Course Registration

Each semester prior to Advising Week and course registration, we offer additional advising resources to help students prepare for their appointments with their primary advisors and for course registration. These resources include increased availability for walk-in hours, group advising/senior thesis information sessions, individual advising, email and phone advising, and dissemination of Honors curriculum requirements, course offerings, and other information through email and other digital channels.

Honors College Advising Learning Outcomes

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Students who engage in advising with the Honors College will be able to do the following:

  • Explain the requirements for completing the Honors curriculum
  • Explain the requirements for maintaining good standing with the Honors College
  • Create a tentative course schedule to share with their primary advisor each semester (using the WyoCourses Plan Ahead feature or other methods)
  • Demonstrate competency using the WyoRecords registration system
  • Utilize Degree Works and Four-Year Degree Plans to map and monitor progress towards their degree
  • Articulate their educational and experiential goals at UW
  • Develop a plan for completing their senior thesis project for Honors

Honors Curriculum Requirements

First Year Students

All first year students will complete the following requirements within the Honors curriculum.  A first year student is any student who begins at UW with fewer than 30 post high school college credit hours.  Students who earn an associates degree while completing their high school degree are still considered first year students. 

  • Two-semester First Year Colloquium Sequence: All first-year students are required to complete the First Year Colloquium Sequence. This sequence is the foundation of the Honors College Curriculum.
    • HP 1020 OR 1151: First Year Honors Colloquium I
      • HP 1020: First Year Students who do not have credit for their University Studies (USP) Communication 1 (COM1) will take HP 1020 their first fall semester. HP 1020 includes the USP Communication 1 attribute.
      • HP 1151: First Year Students who have credit for their Communication 1 will take HP 1151 their first fall semester. HP 11151 includes the USP Human Culture (H)
  • HP 2020: First Year Colloquium II: All First Year Students will take HP 2020 in the spring semester of their first year.  HP 2020 includes the USP COM2 attribute.
  • A NOTE ON FIRST YEAR SPRING ADMITS:
    • First Year Students who apply to and are accepted into Honors after the start of the Fall semester and prior to the start of the spring semester AND who have already completed their COM 1 requirement will begin their Honors experience by taking HP 2020 in their first spring semester. HP 1020/1151 will be waived.
    • First Year Students who apply to Honors after the spring semester of their first year has started will need to apply as Continuing Students.

After completing the First Year Colloquium Sequence, First Year students are required to complete the following:

  • A Non-Western Perspectives Honors course: HP 215* or designated HP 315* with various titles — see the current semester’s course descriptions for details.
    • These courses may be taken at the 2000 or 3000 level; depending on the specific course title and topic, these courses might meet a variety of USP requirements, like the H, as well as the A&S D and G requirements.
  • Two upper division Honors electives: HP 315* or HP415* with various titles — see the current semester’s course descriptions for details.
    • Depending on the specific course title and topic, these courses might meet a variety of USP requirements as well as the A&S D and G requirements.
  • A senior project (research based, experiential, or creative)
  • Maintain a 3.25 UW GPA

Transfer Students or Continuing UW Students with 30+ Post High School College Credit Hours

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Transfer students or Continuing UW Students who have completed 30+ post high school college credits hours and their COM1 and COM2 must complete the following courses:

  • A Non-Western Perspectives Honors course: HP 215* or designated HP 315* with various titles — see the current semester’s course descriptions for details.
    • These courses may be taken at the 2000 or 3000 level; depending on the specific course title and topic, these courses might meet a variety of USP requirements, like the H, as well as the A&S D and G requirements.
  • Two upper division Honors electives: HP 315* or HP415* with various titles — see the current semester’s course descriptions for details.
    • Depending on the specific course title and topic, these courses might meet a variety of USP requirements as well as the A&S D and G requirements.
  • A senior project (research based, experiential, or creative)
  • Maintain a 3.25 UW GPA

Transfer Students with an Associates Degree

Transfer students who have earned an associates degree post-high school must complete the following courses:

  • Two upper division Honors electives: HP 315* or HP415* with various titles — see the current semester’s course descriptions for details.
    • Depending on the specific course title and topic, these courses might meet a variety of USP requirements as well as the A&S D and G requirements.
  • A senior project (research based, experiential, or creative)
  • Maintain a 3.25 UW GPA

Eligibility and Applying

In order to be eligible to apply to the Honors College, students must meet the following criteria:

First Year applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • A composite ACT score of 27
  • A combined verbal and quantitative SAT score of 1310
  • A high school GPA of 3.7

Transfer students or Continuing UW applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • A 3.25 college GPA (cumulative transfer GPA for transfer students; UW cumulative GPA for continuing UW students)
  • 30+ post-high school credit hours
  • Completion of a COM1 and COM2 course

Students can apply on the Honors website: http://www.uwyo.edu/honors/.

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For advising information, please contact

 

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Ann Stebner Steele
Honors Advising Coordinator
Gurthrie House 205
307-766-4110 | astebner@uwyo.edu

 

Contact Us

The Honors College

Guthrie House

1200 Ivinson St.

Laramie, WY 82070

Phone: 307-766-4110

Fax: 307-766-4298

Email: honors@uwyo.edu

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