Enriching Knowledge - The Honors Experience
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Goals of the Honors Program
Honors work in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) is designed to foster intellectual curiosity and to provide a rich, diverse, and challenging educational experience. To that end, we bring professors and talented students together in a variety of ways: by offering a broad range of honors courses with limited enrollments; by providing extensive opportunities for Honors students to participate in individual projects with professors; and by providing supplementary activities through "The Honors Experience."
Major benefits of participating in the program
The Honors Program offers a host of benefits. Foremost, honors courses offer students a wider range of possibilities for enriched and independent work than what is often available in regular courses. Through honors courses, students are also offered, an opportunity to establish close relationships with professors and challenging opportunities to engage with other talented students in small classes. Because of the special relationships established in these courses and the unusual projects often pursued in them, honors professors are frequently those to whom students later turn for recommendations for awards, internships, scholarships, and fellowships.
History of the Honors Program in Liberal Arts
The current program was designed by faculty committees in the late 1970s. The first record of a student graduating with Honors from the College of Liberal Arts (then the School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education) is in December 1982. Since then the program has grown extensively. Approximately seventy-five students a year now graduate with College Honors, and the program averages three hundred members. Yet more students regularly enroll in honors courses - which are open to all students with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
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