UNIVERSITY HONORS PROGRAMDr. Robert Halli, Director
Office: 111 Temple Tutwiler Hall Students seeking a special academic challenge in their undergraduate work can find it in the University Honors Program (UHP). More than 1,100 students from all schools and colleges in the University participate in the program. The University Honors Program gives outstanding students the opportunity to work with their peers and with outstanding faculty members in an enriched academic environment. Membership in the University Honors Program offers students the opportunity to combine some of the benefits of a small-college experience with those advantages offered only by a major research university. Participation in the University Honors Program is recognized on official transcripts and on diplomas so that prospective employers and graduate and professional schools are made aware of the achievements of honors students. Students actively participating in the program also enjoy the highest priority for class registration. National Merit Finalists, National Achievement Finalists, Hispanic Scholars, and UA Presidential Scholars and Alumni Honors Scholars are automatically admissible to the program upon receipt of their applications. Other students with ACT composite scores of at least 28 or SAT scores of at least 1240 are also automatically admitted upon receipt of their applications. Students not admitted as freshmen may apply to the program after they have earned grade point averages of 3.3 or higher for a semester's work at The University of Alabama. Transfer students with grade point averages of 3.3 on courses transferred to The University of Alabama are automatically admitted to UHP. All participants must maintain GPAs of at least 3.3 and give evidence of actively pursuing the Honors Program requirements to remain members-in-good-standing of the program. Honors courses have limited enrollment in order to facilitate interaction between students and faculty. Honors courses often parallel regular University courses, but they offer enriched content and provide for more student input and creative learning. The University Honors Program constitutes neither a major nor a minor. Courses taken in the University Honors Program will fulfill core curriculum or other requirements, allowing students to pursue their own specific degree and study objectives within the honors framework. Students in the program do not take a full schedule of honors courses. Students usually take one or two honors courses each semester. However, all students are expected to take at least one honors course during each academic year of their first two years in the program in order to retain the privilege of priority registration. The evaluation of student work in honors courses neither penalizes nor unduly rewards students for their honors coursework. Most students perform well in classes they find to be interesting and challenging. Students matriculating DURING or AFTER the fall 2000 semester:
- Complete a total of 18 hours of honors credit, 3 to 6 of which may include an honors thesis.
- Choose two UH (University Honors) courses at the 100, 200, or 300 level in order to graduate with the "Honors" designation. NOTE: PHL 202 Honors Introductory Ethics will substitute for any UH course.
- Have the option of writing a thesis in order to graduate with the "Honors with Thesis" designation.
- Honors Division. The student takes a three-hour general honors seminar and selects 15 additional hours of courses designated as honors courses. With the approval of the UHP director, the student may write an honors thesis and earn 3 of the necessary 15 additional hours.
- Special Honors Division. The student takes 15 hours of honors courses plus two general honors seminars (3 hours each) and writes a 3-hour thesis; or takes 15 hours of honors courses plus one general honors seminar (3 hours) and writes a 6-hour thesis.