Roxanne Hoch ’15

Major: International Studies
Hometown:Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

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.

Honors Program FAQs

Looking to get involved with the Honors Program? Here are some frequently asked questions from interested students.

  1. Why should I join the Honors Program?
  2. Is an "H" like an "A" in my GPA for a class?
  3. Can I ask my professors for ideas about good Honors projects?
  4. What's the difference between graduating summa, magna, or cum laude and the Honors program?
  5. Can I withdraw from an honors program without penalty?
  6. What are the benefits Honors students receive?
  7. Can I participate in Honors in the Major if I am not in University Honors?
  8. What is the Honors Advocate Program?
  9. What is the Honors Program Community?
  10. What is the Honors Student Organization?

Why should I join the Honors Program?
You can use the University of Mount Union’s 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.
 
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Is an "H" like an "A" in my GPA for a class?
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.

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Can I ask my professors for ideas about good Honors projects?
Certainly! In fact, we recommend that you consult with your professors about project ideas. They will then help you develop your ideas for the project proposal.

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What's the difference between graduating summa, magna, or cum laude and the Honors program? 
For graduation with University Honors or Honors in the Major, a student must have at least a 3.50 grade point average at graduation and complete the appropriate program requirements.

Latin Honors are separate from the Honors Program and are based solely on grade point average, which includes study abroad coursework and transient, not transfer, credit as approved by Mount Union. Undergraduate students must earn at least 60 hours from Mount Union to be eligible for Latin Honors at graduation. Students with grade point averages in the range 3.550 through 3.749 will graduate cum laude. Students with grade point averages in the range 3.750 through 3.899 will graduate magna cum laude. Students with grade point averages in the range above 3.899 will graduate summa cum laude.
 
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Can I withdraw from an honors program without penalty?
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.
 
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What are the benefits Honors students receive?
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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Can I participate in Honors in the Major if I am not in University Honors?
Yes! If eligible, you can participate.
 
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What is the Honors Advocate Program?
Mount Union’s Honors Advocate Program serves as a support network for incoming, first-year Honors students. Advocates assist with Honors Orientation and serve as mentors to their assigned first-year Honors students through weekly “check-ins.”

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What is the Honors Program Community?
Community building is an important dimension of the Honors Program. There are numerous ways through which community is developed. University Honors Orientation allows students in the program to arrive on campus early and develop relationships with fellow Honors students and professors. There is also an option for an Honors Learning Community (theme house), if students are interested. Read more about the Honors Program Community.

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What is the Honors Student Organization?
The Honors Council is an honors student organization that develops various social and service activities and events for program participants.
 
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If you have additional questions, fill out the form at the bottom of Honors Program overview page. 

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