Honors Program

Honors Program Goals and Outcomes

I. Honors Program Mission and Goals

Honors Mission:

The Honors Program provides high-achieving students with a diverse and rigorous curriculum, devoted faculty and staff, and a collaborative environment that emphasizes research, community engagement, leadership, social responsibility, international experience, and intellectual independence.

Honors Program Goals:

Honors students will have demonstrated the ability to foster scholarly and independent habits of mind:

  • Develop and master critical thinking skills; 
  • Use self-reflection to engage in an emergent awareness of the self as a learner;
  • Apply intellectual curiosity in research to real-world problems.

Honors students will create a culminating signature work in which they: 

  • Synthesize oral, written, graphical, qualitative, and quantitative communication skills;
  • Engage with workplace, civic, and research communities; 
  • Present their work in a public forum with feedback and self-assessment.

Honors students will become scholar-leaders who are able to:

  • Participate in and moderate complex, potentially contentious, conversations; 
  • Understand intersections of power relations and cultural lenses in global and U.S. contexts;
  • Identify ethical issues in society, perform sound ethical reasoning, and make informed moral judgments.


II. Honors Student Learning Outcomes


Honors graduates should be able to:

  • Approach, define, and research complex problems 
  • Design and produce independent and/or creative projects 
  • Contextualize and/or situate their work in an appropriate disciplinary or multidisciplinary context 
  • Present their work publicly to their faculty and peers 


Honors graduates should be able to:

  • Understand the interdependence of audience, context, and message construction
  • Use effective organizational patterns when communicating messages 
  • Present content textually, visually, and orally 
  • Participate in and moderate complex, potentially contentious conversations


 Honors graduates should be able to:

  • Evaluate and responsibly use information
  • Properly attribute ideas, texts, etc. where necessary 
  • Formulate and develop claims with sufficient and appropriate support--including reasoning, evidence, and persuasive appeals


Honors graduate should be able to:

  • Intentionally engage with ideas, beliefs and practices of diverse cultures and peoples 
  • Ask substantive questions, seek out, and articulate answers to those questions in ways that integrate multiple cultural perspectives
  • Embrace contradictions by integrating alternative, divergent, or contradictory perspectives in formal assignments and in-class discussions 


Honors graduates should be able to:

  • Illustrate an ongoing process of self-reflection about their development as a scholar, engaged citizen, and lifelong learner
  • Articulate a plan to attain the requisite knowledge and skills to succeed in a chosen career or graduate program