This is a program designed for students who wish to advance their educational experience beyond traditional coursework by undertaking additional challenges within their classes and their community. Students in this program undertake a rigorous direction of study that includes not only coursework, but also opportunities for development of cross-cultural awareness and perspective in a variety of forums and through community service.
To qualify for the Heritage University Honors Program, students need to have a high school diploma and a minimum of a 3.3 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. To apply, students submit the supplemental application for the Honors Program, along with an application for general admission to Heritage University and supporting letters from two high school instructors nominating them for this program. The admission process also includes an interview with a panel of Heritage University faculty and staff. Based upon financial need as determined by the financial office, there are a limited number of honors scholarships available.
For the first two years of the program, students take honors sections of General University Course Requirement (GUCR) courses. Typical schedules for the first two years are shown below.
During their junior and senior years, honors students at Heritage University in some departments may be able to take additional honors courses to complete their degree requirements. If departments offer upper-level honors courses, such courses will require academic or creative work beyond that generally required for upper-division courses.
Honors Program students participate in a special forum called the Honors Seminar. These courses provide a unique opportunity for honors students to interact with Heritage University faculty, scholars from other colleges and universities, and community leaders to make academic presentations; to develop and implement strategies for community improvement; and to participate in cultural events.