The Honors Program offers students who have demonstrated intellectual potential and personal commitment an enriched academic experience. If you enroll in the Honors Program, you will take a core of set of Honors courses and augment them with courses that you or UMA instructors have given an Honors designation. This designation means that you will delve more fully and deeply into the content of Honors courses.
The Honors Program is not a separate degree program. Instead, it enriches the course work required for a degree. Students must complete 21 of Honors credits to graduate from the Honors Program, which will include the core courses for the program (HON 208 and HON 308), the capstone course for the student’s major, and 12 credits of courses that are designated Honors courses.
Interdisciplinary studies is the heart of an Honors education, according to the National Collegiate Honors Council, and the core curriculum of the Honors Program is centered in interdisciplinary studies. This field is devoted to how knowledge is organized-how disciplines relate to each other, how they speak to each other, what values are built into that organization, and why. In the Honors Program, you will carry out scholarly work in an interdisciplinary framework, using the lens of multiple disciplines rather than one. The Honors Program will train you to think outside the box-a valuable skill in any case, but one that is especially valuable to potential employers and admissions officers of graduate programs.