The Honors Program was founded in 1958, launching a program directed at first and second year students, with the Upper Division program following in 1960 to support juniors and seniors undertaking research and independent work. Successful completion of Selected Studies resulted in the award of Sophomore Honors, and was noted on the student’s transcript, while successful completion of the Honors Program results in the award of an honors degree in the major, was noted on the transcript and on a special diploma. Successful completion of the Upper Division program (through a thesis on a topic appropriate to the student’s major) resulted in the award of an Honors degree in the major, which was noted on the transcript and the student’s diploma. Up until the summer of 2015, the Upper Division honors distinctions were differentiated by Honors, High Honors, and Highest Honors. As we look forward to our sixty year anniversary in 2018, we plan to not only celebrate the past accomplishments of students in the program, but also to continue to challenge our students to achieve.
You can read more about the history of the Honors Program here.
By participating in the Honors Program, students take a more active role in their education. Through smaller classes, personalized academic advising, peer mentorship, and faculty guided-projects we believe all of our students will be able to gain our set of student learning outcomes.
No student is ever alone through his or her journey in our program. Our dedicated faculty and staff are here to help students succeed! Our Honors Faculty is committed to teaching our students in the classroom through their honors courses and by mentoring research projects. Our Honors Council is essential in reviewing student’s honors theses and improving our program through new policies and examinations. Our personnel is dedicated to serving our students.
Although the Selected Studies program was founded in 1958 and the full-fledged Honors Program in 1960, our program traces its history back to the 1930s. Our program has benefited greatly over the years by the kind donations and support, all of which allow us to arrange special events and support our dedicated students in their endeavors.