Honors Program Requirements

The UMW Honors Program seeks to enable highly motivated students to have a broad liberal arts education with enriching academic experiences that may include multiple fields of study; allow students to complete major(s), minor(s), and/or pre-professional requirements; and has rich honor cohort experiences. With that in mind, the UMW Honors Program Committee has revised the program requirements, effective Fall 2016.

Non-honors designated courses may NOT be contracted to fulfill Honors program requirements. Only courses formally designated as Honors will fulfill the requirements for the program.

Yearly Requirements for the Honors Program

  • Maintain a 3.2 GPA overall  – GPA policy (Minimum GPA Requirement policy)
  • Successfully complete a minimum of 6 Honors credits per year until all of the requirements are fulfilled
  • Complete an Honors co-curricular event per semester and submit a reflection paper about the event by the last day of the semester in which the event was attended (a minimum of 8 events prior to graduation)
  • Maintain a portfolio of honors program work and activities
  • Attend meetings of the honors program students

Required Course work:

Track A: Incoming First-Year Students – accepted through application from high school

  • Honors designated first-year seminar (FSEM HN) – 3 credits
  • Honors designated coursework – 9 credits beyond FSEM HN
  • Honors Service Learning – HONR 201 – 1 credit
  • Honors Program mentoring program and leadership requirement or the UMW Horizons program requirements
  • Project/Research Design Seminar – fulfilled with an approved discipline-specific course or an approved experience (requires approval by the Honors Program Committee)
  • A capstone research project – a minimum of 3 credits of independent study (491 or 492) completed during the last year of study at UMW, and presentation of the project at one of the two Honors Program Symposia
  • Track B: Current UMW Students or Transfer Students – accepted through application to the Honors Program Committee.

  • Honors designated coursework – 12 credits (can include FSEM 100HN).
  • Honors Service Learning – HONR 201 – 1 credit
  • Honors Program mentoring program and leadership requirement or the UMW Horizons program requirements
  • Project/Research Design Seminar – fulfilled with an approved discipline-specific course or an approved experience (requires approval by the Honors Program Committee
  • A capstone research project – a minimum of 3 credits of independent study (491 or 492) completed during the last year of study at UMW and presentation of the project at one of the two Honors Program Symposia
  • Co-Curricular Event Requirements

    Each semester, students must participate in at least one co-curricular event and write a one-page summary of the event.

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    Logging Service Hours for HONR 201, Leadership, or Mentoring Requirement

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    Assessment Requirements

    Each honors program student is required to maintain an honors portfolio.  A portfolio is a collection of work and reflective essays that serve many purposes:

    For the student:

    • provides a record of academic work that can be used to demonstrate personal and intellectual development
    • allows for metacognition/reflection about your goals, career interests, and development

    For the honors program:

    • provides a means to monitor student progress
    • allows for assessment and measurement of the effectiveness of the Honors Program

    Contents of the Portfolio

    Students are required to maintain a ePortfolio through myUMW.   By the end of the spring semester (last day of final exams), your ePortfolio must be up to date on myUMW.  The Honors Program Committee and the Director will assess the portfolio.

    The portfolio must contain:

    • at least one written paper or assignment from HONR 100 course (or course that fulfills the HONR 100 requirement)
    • at least one representative paper or assignment from each of the designated HN courses
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    • personal statements for each year – the personal statements serve as an opportunity to reflect on your academic experiences.  These statements should be one to two types pages in length and should articulate the following:
      • your understanding of knowledge obtained in your courses and academic experiences
      • interests
      • personal and professional goals
      • the role the honors program has played in your academic development
      • copies of the summaries from the co-curricular events attended
      • copy of the Honors Program Requirements Checksheets updated with completed requirements
      • summary of the sponsored mentored service project
      • final paper or project for the capstone honors course or honors project

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