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Honors Program Curriculum

The Honors Program at the University of Mount Union includes two separate tracks, University Honors and Honors in the Major:

University Honors

  • First Year Seminar (FYS) (first year): FYS focuses on a specific topic and develops skills in writing, oral communication and critical thinking.
  • Honors Foundations (first and second years): These courses focus on four major areas of human knowledge – humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and arts, building on the skills students learned in FYS. Students are required to take Honors Foundations in three of the areas and may fulfill the fourth area with an appropriate elective.
  • Theme and Theme Project (third year): Students take an honors course related to the theme of Engaging Diversity, in which they develop a proposal for a diversity project to be completed in conjunction with a course of their choosing the following semester.
  • Capstone (fourth year): Students engage in collaborative work around a complex issue with real-world application. They draw upon knowledge, skills and thought processes acquired throughout their educational experience.

Honors in the Major Program
The Honors in the Major Program offers the opportunity for intensive, individual study in a major.

Honors in the Major is achieved by completing honors projects in regular courses. Although the nature of honors work will vary, it should involve intellectual creativity and may take such forms as research, investigation or artistic effort. The student initiates and plans the honors project and works closely with one or more faculty members in carrying it out.  Students who choose to participate in the Honors in the Major track will complete a total of 12 semester hours within their major field of study.

Honors Thesis/Project
One of the courses taken for Honors in the Major may be an Honors Thesis/Project (All-University course 494), which is an independent study course in the major. The description of the course in the University Catalogue is:

494 Honors Thesis/Project: A research/project course designed to meet the needs of the individual student seeking honors in the major at graduation. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing, and approval of the instructor, the department chair and the Honors Review Board. Credit variable, 4-8 Semester Hours.

For more information contact the Honors Program directors at honors@mountunion.edu.