Honors seminars and classes range from 15 to 22 students and are taught by the University's finest teachers. These small classes create a classroom atmosphere that is characterized by a passion for learning, more personal interactions among students and faculty, and lively discussions.
The Honors Program approaches education from a holistic perspective, striving to nurture and develop well-rounded individuals capable of succeeding in a complex, global society. Honors students have many opportunities to participate in learning experiences that occur outside the classroom. Study Abroad, independent research with faculty mentors, and community service activities develop students' cultural awareness, research skills, leadership abilities, and sense of social responsibility. In addition, Honors students have the opportunity to participate in the many activities offered through the Honors Residential Learning Communities in the Honors Residence Halls and the Honors Student Association.
In a survey of first year Honors students, participants were asked to compare their Honors seminars and classes to their other classes. The results are as follows:
73% said their Honors seminars were "more to much more" academically enriching than their other classes. -
86% found their Honors seminars were "more to much more" stimulating of new ideas or perspectives. -
had "more to much more" positive interactions with faculty in their Honors seminars. -
87% thought their Honors seminars had "more to much more" active learning opportunities. -
believed their Honors classes were "more to much more" academically enriching than their other classes. -
had "more to much more" positive interactions with faculty in their Honors classes than in non-Honors classes. -
65% thought there were "more to much more" active learning opportunities in Honors classes than other classes.
The survey also asked students living in the Honors Residential Learning Communities to compare their experience with that of first year students who were not in the Honors Program. Over half of the students felt that their experiences were better than their peers.