- Roxanne Hoch ’15
- Hometown: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
- Major: International Studies
While taking Elementary Chinese, I had the opportunity to practice traditional Chinese calligraphy. This was my absolute favorite part of class because it shows that there is not only a difference in the way words are written (characters versus letters), but also a difference in the method of how the language is written. Calligraphy is a traditional part of Chinese history and culture, and being able to practice it myself made me respect that aspect of the Chinese culture even more. It is no easy feat to write using a calligraphy brush!
- Why should I join the Honors Program?
- Is an "H" like an "A" in my GPA for a class?
- Can I ask my professors for ideas about good Honors projects?
- What's the difference between graduating summa, magna, or cum laude and the Honors program?
- Can I withdraw from an honors program without penalty?
- What are the privileges honors students receive?
- Can I participate in Honors in the Major if I am not in University Honors?
You can use the Honors Program to increase the depth and breadth of your course of study, researching topics of your choice with the guidance of your favorite professors. Honors seminars are interdisciplinary in scope and usually offer opportunities for more individual study than you may experience in most other courses. In addition to the academic challenge, participation in the Honors Program offers other advantages. Employers and graduate schools often consider students who take part in an Honors Program to be more motivated and able to take on more responsibility. This outlook upon honors students can increase employment opportunities and enhance graduate school admission chances.Back to List
Is an "H" like an "A" in my GPA for a class?Back to List
No. The "H" that appears on your transcript simply recognizes that you successfully completed the course for Honors. Only the regular letter grade is used to determine your grade point average. Incidentally, the "H" can only be granted if you earn at least a B+ on both the Honors project and in the course as a whole.
Can I ask my professors for ideas about good Honors projects?Back to List
Certainly! In fact, I recommend that you consult with your professors about project ideas. They can usually help you come up with some great projects.
What's the difference between graduating summa, magna, or cum laude and the Honors program?
Graduation with Honors such as summa, magna, and cum laude is solely dependent upon you grade point average. It just happens if your GPA is high enough. Check the current Mount Union Catalogue for details. Graduation with University Honors or graduation with Honors in a Major is a little different. To graduate with University Honors, you must have a GPA of 3.5 or greater and have completed Honors General Education courses with grades of B+ or better. To graduate with Honors in a Major, you must have a GPA in the major of 3.5 or greater and complete at least three courses for Honors in the major (a minimum of 12 semester hours). One course may be numbered at the 200 level, but additional courses must be numbered at the 300 level or higher. Individual academic departments may designate specific requirements.
Can I withdraw from an honors program without penalty?Back to List
Yes. You can withdraw from an honors course as you would any other course. You also may decide not to carry out an approved Honors in the Major project without it affecting the final grade for the course.
What are the privileges honors students receive?Back to List
Honors students have the opportunity to work at a faster pace, with top professors, on topics they are most interested in. In addition to these obvious benefits, honors student benefits include priority registration, overload tuition waivers, conference travel, invitations to special cultural and social events on and off campus, and more.
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