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Honors Program

The Honors Program at the University of Mount Union offers integrated learning opportunities and challenges for motivated students with exceptional academic potential. The program is designed to foster intellectual curiosity, leadership, initiative, creativity, civic-mindedness, and a high standard of performance.

Professors in Mount Union’s Honors Program are innovative teachers and dedicated scholars who come from a variety of disciplines. The University Honors curriculum parallels the Integrative Core with specially designed honors sections and exciting co-curricular opportunities. Honors courses emphasize intellectual contexts, student autonomy and connections among fields of study. The Honors Program is a learning community for students that provides academic and social support to engage in a different kind of learning, encouraging open inquiry, empathetic engagement with diverse perspectives, and space for intellectual risk-taking.

Honors Program Benefits

In addition to an excellent academic program, the Honors Program offers a variety of excellent social, cultural, and service opportunities, such as:

  • Invitations to cultural and social events on and off campus
  • Mentoring
  • Participation in the  honors student organization
  • Service opportunities
  • Conference travel
  • Priority registration
  • Overload tuition waivers

Two honors tracks are available – University Honors and Honors in the Major. A qualified student may participate in both tracks.

University Honors

The University Honors track is a learning community for students that provides academic and social support to engage in a different kind of learning, encouraging open inquiry, empathetic engagement with diverse perspectives, and safe spaces for intellectual risk-taking. The curriculum parallels the Integrative Core with specially designed honors sections and exciting co-curricular opportunities. Professors in the Honors Program are innovative teachers and dedicated scholars who come from a variety of disciplines. Honors courses emphasize intellectual contexts, student autonomy, and connections among fields of study.

Curriculum

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.