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UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015

Honors College

Honors House
Room 54
(414) 229-4658

www.uwm.edu/Dept/Honors

The Honors College is open to qualified undergraduates in all UWM schools and colleges. The college offers seminars and individualized instruction in the humanities, arts, social sciences, and natural sciences. It is appropriate particularly for students who want more engaged and writing-intensive studies or who are preparing for graduate, law, medical, or professional school.

Students receive the degree designations "Honors" or "Honors with Distinction" on their diplomas and transcripts.

Admission

Students pursuing their first degree can join the Honors College as freshmen, continuing, or transfer students. Freshmen are admitted based upon a holistic review of their UWM application and high school record. Continuing UWM and transfer students should have a cumulative GPA commensurate with their academic standing (see below) and have met the University English requirement by testing out of, or receiving a B-, or better, in English 102. All students new to Honors must meet with an Honors advisor to discuss how the Honors College can be integrated into their academic plans.

Continuing in the Honors College

Honors College students must meet the following cumulative GPA/enrollment criteria:

1.

To continue in the Honors College, students must attain the following minimum grade point averages for work done at UWM:

 

Freshman (after first semester)

3.0

 

Sophomores (at beginning of sophomore year)

3.3

 

Juniors (at beginning of junior year)

3.4

 

Seniors/to graduate with an Honors degree (at beginning of senior year)

3.5

2.

Students admitted as new freshman who need to complete the University English Requirement must complete Honors 200 in the first semester following their completion of the English Requirement.

3.

Students who do not take Honors courses for two consecutive semesters will be considered “inactive” and dropped from the Honors College.

Graduating with Honors

All UWM Undergraduate Schools and Colleges now offer the Honors Degree, a special diploma awarded to students who complete Honors College requirements. Students who complete a Senior Thesis or Project, or complete two semesters of Research in Honors, receive a special “Honors with Distinction” degree. Graduating with an Honors Degree provides convincing evidence of outstanding academic achievement, a valuable accomplishment students can note on resumes and graduate school applications. To graduate with Honors, students must achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 and accumulate at least 21 Honors credits.

Notification of Ineligible Students

At the end of each semester, the Honors College will review students’ academic records to determine whether they meet the criteria for continuation in the program. The Honors College will notify by mail all students who fail to meet these criteria, stating that they no longer are eligible to enroll in Honors classes. If these students already are enrolled in Honors classes for the next semester, they will be dropped administratively.

Regaining Honors College Eligibility

1.

Students who become ineligible by failing to maintain the minimum grade point average may apply for reinstatement if they subsequently raise their grade point average to the required level.

2.

Students who become ineligible after two consecutive semesters with no Honors courses may apply for reinstatement.

3.

In either case, students applying for reinstatement must indicate in writing how they propose to complete Honors requirements before graduation.

Graduation Requirements

An Honors degree requires 21 Honors credits and at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average at graduation. All Honors credits count toward the total credits required for graduation. Students must earn a grade of B- or better to receive Honors credit for a course. At least 12 of the 21 Honors credits must be earned at UWM, with at least 9 credits in upper-level Honors seminars at UWM.

Students also may choose to graduate with "Honors with Distinction." The designation "Honors with Distinction" is awarded to students who, as part of their Honors requirements, successfully complete 6 credits in "Research in Honors," a "Senior Honors Project" or a "Senior Honors Thesis." This designation will appear on the students' transcripts. Students complete the required credits through enrollment in Honors 686, 687, or 689 (see below).

Course of Study

Honors Seminars. Freshmen and sophomores entering the Honors College must complete Honors 200, earning a grade of B- or better, before taking other honors courses (except for honors calculus, which can be taken concurrently). Following Honors 200, which may be repeated once with change in topic, students with sophomore standing or above may take departmental Honors seminars at 3H credits each.

HONORS 200

Honors Seminar: The Shaping of the Modern Mind: (Subtitle)

3H

MATH 221

Honors Calculus I

5H

MATH 222

Honors Calculus II

5H

AFRICOL 381

Honors Seminar: (Subtitle)

3H

ANTHRO 381

Honors Seminar: (Subtitle)

3H

ARTHIST 381

Honors Seminar: (Subtitle)

3H

ATM SCI 381

Honors Seminar: (Subtitle)

3H

BIO SCI 381

Honors Seminar: (Subtitle)

3H

CHEM 381

Honors Seminar: (Subtitle)

3H

CLASSIC 381

Honors Seminar: (Subtitle)

3H

COMMUN 381

Honors Seminar: (Subtitle)

3H

COMPLIT 381

Honors Seminar: (Subtitle)

3H

ECON 381

Honors Seminar: (Subtitle)

3H

ENGLISH 381

Honors Seminar: (Subtitle)

3H

FRENCH 381

Honors Seminar: (Subtitle)

3H

GEOG 381

Honors Seminar: (Subtitle)

3H

GEO SCI 381

Honors Seminar: (Subtitle)

3H

GERMAN 381

Honors Seminar: (Subtitle)

3H

HEBR ST 381

Honors Seminar: (Subtitle)

3H

HIST 398

Honors Seminar: (Subtitle)

3H

HIST 399

Honors Seminar: (Subtitle)

3H

HONORS 350 (680)

Honors Seminar: (Subtitle)

3H

HONORS 351 (683)

Honors Seminar: (Subtitle)

3H

HONORS 352 (682)

Honors Seminar: (Subtitle)

3H

HONORS 380

Honors Seminar: (Subtitle)

3H

ITALIAN 383

Honors Seminar: (Subtitle)

3H

JAMS 381

Honors Seminar: (Subtitle)

3H

LINGUIS 380

Honors Seminar: (Subtitle)

3H

MATH 381

Honors Seminar: (Subtitle)

3H

PHILOS 381

Honors Seminar: (Subtitle)

3H

PHYSICS 381

Honors Seminar: (Subtitle)

3H

POL SCI 380

Honors Seminar: (Subtitle)

3H

PSYCH 380

Honors Seminar: (Subtitle)

3H

RUSSIAN 385

Honors Seminar: (Subtitle)

3H

SOCIOL 380

Honors Seminar: (Subtitle)

3H

SPANISH 381

Honors Seminar: (Subtitle)

3H

URB STD 381

Honors Seminar: (Subtitle)

3H

WMNS 380

Honors Seminar: (Subtitle)

3H

WMNS 381

Honors Seminar: (Subtitle)

3H

With the exception of Honors 200 and 380, variable content seminars (those marked "Subtitle") are retakable with a change in topic to a maximum of 9 credits. Honors 200 and 380 are retakable once.

Advanced Independent Study
(3H cr.): Independent study courses offered through departments. Course numbers vary. Prerequisite: junior standing

Honors 685 (Honors Tutorial; 3H cr.): An independent study course for students who cannot arrange independent study through one of the departments. Prerequisite: junior standing.

Honors 686 (Research in Honors; 3H or 6H cr.): Students assist a faculty member in his/her research and then design and complete an original and major research project under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Students who complete 6 cr are awarded “Honors with Distinction” on their transcripts. Prerequisite: junior standing and 9H credits.

* Honors 687 (Senior Honors Project; 3H cr.; retakable to a max of 6H cr.): The Senior Honors Project is intended for students in majors in which an Honors Thesis is not appropriate. It consists of a performance, exhibit, musical composition, or technical/professional project completed under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Students who complete 6H cr. are awarded “Honors with Distinction” on their transcripts. Prerequisite: senior standing.

* Honors 689 (Senior Honors Thesis; 6H cr. over two semesters): The Senior Honors Thesis allows students the opportunity to write an extended paper (usually 50-75 pages) reflecting independent research conducted in some aspect of their major field of study under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Students who complete the thesis are awarded “Honors with Thesis” on their transcripts. Prerequisite: senior standing.

*Students may not do both a Senior Thesis and a Senior Project.

Graduate Courses. Courses at the 700 level and above may be counted toward the Honors College graduation requirements. This option normally is open only to seniors in the program who meet the necessary prerequisites. Permission for an Honors student to take a graduate course must be obtained from the instructor of the course, the department chair, the dean of the appropriate school/college, and the Honors College director.

Other Options.
A maximum of 9H credits earned at other universities may be applied to the Honors College graduation requirements with the director’s approval. Honors credits also may be earned through approved Study Abroad Programs.

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Charles Schuster, Director
University of Iowa

Robin Weigert, Assistant Director
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


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