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Honors Program  - 1R2

  1. Introduction

    1. The purpose of SIUE's Honors Program is to attract a diverse body of high-achieving and highly motivated students, providing them an enriching and integrative set of curricular and co-curricular experiences that develop the habits and dispositions emblematic of a love of inquiry.

    2. The Honors Program is committed to delivering measurably deeper, more complex academic experiences through student-centered learning.

    3. The Honors Program affords the University an opportunity for curricular and pedagogic experimentation and innovation on our own campus.

  2. Honors Curriculum

    Honors Scholars are required to complete the 25 credit-hour Honors General Education curriculum. The general education requirements for honors students are comprised of the following specific components:

    1. Honors Core (15 credit-hours)

      1. Honors 120, "Honors Scholars New Freshman Seminar: Big Questions and the Spirit of Inquiry," linked with Honors 121, "Honors Rhetoric" (3 credit-hours each for 6 credit-hours);
      2. Honors 250, "Lower-Division Honors Seminar: Connections" (3 credit-hours);
      3. Honors 320A, "Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar: Problems in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences" (3 credit-hours);
      4. Honors 320B, "Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar: Problems in the Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Technology" (3 credit-hours)

    2. Honors Pro-Seminar Sequence (4 credit-hours)

      1. Honors 100, "Honors Pro-Seminar: Learning, Working, Living" (1 credit-hour)
      2. Honors 200, "Honors Pro-Seminar: The World" (1 credit-hour)
      3. Honors 300, "Honors Pro-Seminar: Special Topics" (1 credit-hour)
      4. Honors 499, "Honors Pro-Seminar: Civic Engagement and Inter-disciplinarity" (1 credit-hour) (concludes with participation in Honors Symposium)

    3. Honors Extension

      Beyond the Honors Core and Honors Pro-Seminar requirements, Honors Scholars are required to do a further six credit-hours of honors course work: the Honors Extension. This course work is chosen intentionally by the honors student in a conversation with honors faculty and advisors. There are multiple ways to satisfy this requirement.

      1. Any non-honors undergraduate course (Foundations, Breadth, major, minor) can, with the approval of the faculty of record, be enhanced with an Honors Contract (H-Contract).
      2. Various honors seminars and pro-seminars can be repeated for credit (if the topic is different): Honors 320A or Honors 320B (each repeatable once); Honors 300, "Honors Pro-Seminar: Special Topics" (repeatable up to 3 times).
      3. Honors Scholars can also satisfy the requirement by enrolling in Honors 420, "Honors Independent Study," for up to 9 credit-hours.
      4. Finally, the honors extension can be satisfied by participation in the URCA program, as an assistant or an associate, with the approval of the supervising faculty, the URCA Coordinator, and the Director of the University Honors Program. Honors students have no priority in the selection of URCA associates or assistants.
    4. Honors Curriculum for Continuing and Transfer Students

      1. Continuing or transfer students with 1-30 credit-hours are exempt from Honors 120 and Honors 121 but are required to complete the remainder of the honors general education curriculum outlined above (19 credit-hours). They are required to take Honors 250 the first semester they begin in the Honors Program.
      2. Continuing or transfer students with 31-60 credit-hours are exempt from Honors 120, Honors 121, and Honors 100; further they are exempt from either Honors 320A or Honors 320B. They are required to complete the remainder of the honors general education program outlined above (15 credit-hours). They are required to take Honors 250 the first semester they begin in the Honors Program.
    5. Exceptions to Curricular Requirements

      The Director of the University Honors Program can grant exceptions to the curricular requirements of the Honors Program. The Director is required to report these exceptions to the University Honors Advisory Council as an information item at least once per semester.
  3. Honors Co-Curricular Requirement

    Honors Scholars are required to engage in 50 hours of service before graduation (satisfied by options approved by the University Honors Advisory Council).
  4. Admissions

    SIUE's Honors Program seeks a diverse set of students with excellent academic credentials who are highly motivated, industrious, intellectually curious, creative, and want to cultivate the spirit and practice of inquiry, innovation, and self-reflection.

    1. Incoming Freshmen

      1. Applications for admission to the Honors Program will be accepted from high school students who: have been admitted to the University; who have a high school GPA of at least 3.5; who have an ACT score of at least 25; and have satisfied other admissions requirements as established by the Director of the University Honors Program, in consultation with the University Honors Advisory Council, the Director of Undergraduate Admissions, and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management.

      2. All Meridian Scholars are automatically admitted and required to participate in the Honors Program.

    2. Continuing and Transfer Students

      Applications will also be accepted from students: with up to 60 credit-hours of college-level course work; who have a college GPA of 3.5, and have satisfied other admissions requirements as established by the Director of the University Honors Program, in consultation with the University Honors Advisory Council, the Director of Undergraduate Admissions, and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management.

    3. Exceptions

      Exceptions to this admissions policy may be made only by the Director of the University Honors Program.
  5. Retention Standards

    1. Honors Scholars must maintain a 3.2 cumulative grade point average to remain in good standing in the Honors Program.
    2. If in any semester an Honors Scholar’s cumulative grade point average falls below a 3.2 average, the student shall be placed on program probation. The student will be given up to one full academic year (Fall and Spring semesters) to raise their cumulative GPA to 3.2 and if at the end of year the student does not attain a 3.2 cumulative GPA she/he is to be dropped from the Honors Program.

  6. Privileges

    1. Registration

      Honors Scholars shall be granted priority registration privileges, in light of the potential difficulties of scheduling honors and major courses.

    2. Recognition

      Honors scholars, who graduate in good standing, will be recognized at an awards ceremony hosted by the Office of the Chancellor.

  7. Exceptions and Appeals

    1. Honors students can request, in writing, exceptions from the requirements of the Honors Program. Requests for exceptions must: come in writing, specify from what requirement the exception is requested, and provide a brief rationale for the request. Requests for exceptions are to be delivered to the Honors Program Director. They are decided by the University Honors Advisory Council.

    2. Appeals to decisions of the Director of the University Honors Program regarding admissions to the program, fulfillment of the general education requirements of the program, probation or removal from the program will be made to the University Honors Advisory Council. Decisions of that body are final.

    3. Honors students retain all of their rights and responsibilities as laid out in University Policy 3C, “Student Rights and Conduct.”

Approved by Chancellor effective 2/11/16
This policy was issued on February 16, 2016, replacing the January 2, 1997 version.
Document Reference: 1R2
Origin: CC 7-70/71; OP 4/10/91; OP 2/21/92; CC 13-96/97; CC#26-15/16

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