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University Honors Program
Susan Aronstein, Interim Director
116 Red House
Phone: (307) 766-4110, Fax: (307) 766-4298
The University Honors Program provides academically ambitious students with a series of curricular and co-curricular opportunities. Through these opportunities, students gain the breadth of knowledge needed by citizens, professionals, and family members to be effective in many different pursuits. Honors students learn to write cogently for a variety of audiences and to become skilled in writing in their disciplines. They learn to locate and use reliable information and trustworthy opinion. Through appropriate coursework, they learn how to become engaged citizens and to understand the ethnic and cultural diversity of America and the world. They learn the purposes and values of the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The capstone senior honors project is a sustained research or creative activity through which students demonstrate what they have learned: to formulate a project independently, to develop the intellectual and creative means to complete it, and to write and speak effectively about their work.
Most students join the program prior to their freshman year. Freshman applicants meet at least one of the following criteria: a composite ACT score of 28, or a combined verbal and quantitative SAT score of 1240, or a high school GPA of 3.7.
The program also welcomes UW and transfer students up to the beginning of the junior year. To join, these students need an overall college GPA of 3.25.
Interested high school seniors and transfer students are encouraged to come by the Honors Program Office (Merica Hall 102) or to write to the Director, University Honors Program, Dept. 3413, 1000 University Ave, Laramie, WY 82071. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
At least 20 entering freshmen and transfer students will receive four-year scholarships in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $4,000. Other scholarships are awarded annually to honors students, including scholarships for off-campus study. Applications are due February 1st.
Once enrolled, honors students take five innovative and intellectually challenging core courses. In the freshman year, students take the two-semester Freshman Honors Colloquium which introduces the history of Western culture by studying classics from various times and their contexts. In the first semester, students can fulfill the freshman writing requirement by enrolling in HP 1020 (W1); freshmen who have already met the composition requirement take HP 1151. All freshman honors students then take HP 1161 in the spring. Thereafter, students enroll in one honors course each year: Non-Western Perspectives for sophomores; Modes of Understanding for juniors; and a Senior Honors Seminar. Each of these courses fulfills graduation requirements.
The capstone senior honors project assures that students gain research or creative experience in an area of their interest. These projects often lead to graduate studies or a special career path.
To continue in the program, students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.25. Students whose GPA falls below 3.25 are placed on probation.
Successful completion of the program is indicated on transcripts and diplomas, and seniors are recognized at graduation ceremonies.
Honors courses are restricted to honors program students; exceptions must be approved by the Honors Program Office.