Philosophy and Student Learning Outcomes

The Honors Program consists of two distinct programs: Selected Studies (1958), or the lower division component of honors education at UHM; and the Honors Program (1960), or the upper division component of honors education at UHM.  Successful completion of Selected Studies results in the award of Sophomore Honors, which is noted on the student’s transcript, while successful completion of the Honors Program results in the award of an honors degree in the major, which is noted on the transcript and on a special diploma.  In both cases, the awards may be given at three levels: Honors, High Honors, and Highest Honors.

Selected Studies Student Learning Outcomes

The Honors Program has identified a set of specific outcomes for students who complete the Selected Studies program.  Students who earn Sophomore Honors will be able to:

  1. Show an understanding of the diverse nature of scholarship in the university;
  2. Articulate clearly a sound argument in written and oral form;
  3. Synthesize and analyze information from a variety of sources;
  4. Conduct basic bibliographical, historical and geographical research;
  5. Engage purposefully in leadership/service, mentorship and/or multi-cultural/intercultural activities.

Upper Division Honors Program Student Learning Outcomes

The Honors Program has identified a set of specific outcomes for students who complete the upper division component of the Honors Program.  Honors degree candidates will be able to:

  1. Write and publicly defend a proposal for the Senior Honors Project;
  2. Conduct independent scholarly work of professional or near professional quality in their field;
  3. Report research in oral and poster presentations in the format expected at professional academic conferences;
  4. Engage purposefully in scholarship, leadership/service, and/or multi-cultural/intercultural activities outside of the classroom.