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 two Honors Program requirements 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 Coursework:

 Track A – Incoming First-Year Students

  • 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 leadership requirement
  • Project/Research Design Seminar – fulfilled with an approved discipline-specific course or an approved experience
  • 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 the Honors Program Symposia(fall semester), Research and Creativity Day(spring semester), or another pre-approved comparable venue.

 Track B – Current UMW or Transfer Students

  • Honors designated coursework or FSEM HN – 3 credits
  • Honors designated coursework – 9 credits beyond FSEM HN
  • Honors Service Learning – HONR 201 (1 credit)
  • Honors Program leadership requirement
  • Project/Research Design Seminar – fulfilled with an approved discipline-specific course or an approved experience
  • 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 the Honors Program Symposia(fall semester), Research and Creativity Day(spring semester), or another pre-approved comparable venue.

Additional Information on Selected Requirements:

Honors Leadership (HONR 002)

Capstone

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.  Co-curricular Event Reflection

Logging Service Hours for HONR 201

Instructions for logging service hours

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 an ePortfolio through myUMW.   By the end of the spring semester (last day of classes), your ePortfolio must be up to date on myUMW.  The Honors Program Committee and the Director will assess the portfolio.

The portfolio must contain:

  • Initial essay
  • At least one written paper or assignment from FSEM HN course (if required)
  • At least one representative paper or assignment from each of the designated HN courses
  • At least one representative paper or assignment from Project/Research Design Seminar
  • Final reflection from HONR 201 and Leadership requirements
  • Final product from Capstone Research Project
  • Final program reflection