University Honors Program
The mission of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Honors Program is to create an enhanced and supportive learning environment responsive to the educational needs of highly able and/or exceptionally motivated undergraduate students. This will be accomplished through participation of faculty noted for excellence in teaching in small honor sections of regular courses, interdisciplinary Honors colloquia, special seminars, collaborative projects with faculty, and through increased opportunity for undergraduate research and creative activity. The University Honors Program’s director is responsible to the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs through the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The director works closely with the faculty and student University Honors Committee to establish and review policies and procedures for the University Honors Program.
Consistent with University Honors policies, the University Honors Program shall: distribute information about Honors requirements, benefits, awards and special opportunities to prospective students and other interested persons; admit students to the Honors Program, maintain students’ records, and note students’ completion of requirements to the Registrar; provide Honors advising; work with relevant programs to increase Honors Program participation of students of color; promote Honors students’ involvement in undergraduate research/creative activity which will culminate in a senior thesis or project; facilitate communication in the community at large and within the UNO community among students, faculty, staff and administration regarding Honors matters; equip and maintain the Honors Program Study Lounge; and participate fully in the activities of the National Collegiate Honors Council and its affiliates.
While the Honors Program is University wide, each college specifies its requirements for entry into the Honors Program and for completion of the Program; and each college has its own Honors Program coordinator/adviser. Colleges on the UNO campus with Honors Programs are Arts and Sciences; Business Administration; Education; Engineering; Communication, Fine Arts and Media; Information Science and Technology; and Public Affairs and Community Service. Students in the University Division may also participate in the University Honors Program.
Students are admitted to the Honors Program as entering first year students with ACT scores of 26 and above and/or SAT scores of 1850 and above or by special recommendation from their high school principal or counselors. Students already enrolled at UNO are admitted to the Honors Program if their overall GPAs range from 3.25 to 3.50, depending upon their respective colleges. Transfer students from other universities’ Honors Programs will be eligible if they were members in good standing in their previous programs and complete the UNO Honors program transfer requirements.
Students in the University Honors Program can opt for one of three tiers. The options and their requirements follow.
Option I: University Honors With Thesis
This option requires 30 hours of Honors work and thesis. The recommended curriculum is for students to take six to nine hours of Honors work each of the first two years and six hours each of the last two years.
Of the total hours, six hours should be colloquia; three to six hours should be thesis/creative activity/departmental capstone with contract. Up to ten hours of AP can be used, and up to six hours can be volunteer tutoring, internship, or similar activity.
Participants who complete a minimum of 30 hours credit in Honors Program work (with a 3.5 GPA or higher) and whose overall GPA is as determined by the appropriate college, will have the notation “University Honors Program” printed on their diplomas, on the official transcript of credits and in the graduation program.
Option ll: University Honors – No Thesis
This option requires 24 hours of Honors Work and no Thesis. The recommended curriculum is for students to take six to nine hours of Honors work the first year and six hours each the last three years. Of the total 24 hours six hours must consist of two colloquia; there may be three to six hours of Internship, volunteer tutoring, service learning, or tutoring. Up to six hours of AP credit may be accepted.
Participants who complete a minimum of 24 hours credit in Honors Program work (with a 3.5 GPA or higher), give a presentation on a senior or capstone course, and whose overall GPA is as determined by the appropriate college, will have the notation “University Honors Program” printed on the official transcript of credits and in the graduation program.
Education college students select Education Option I (thesis) or Education Option II (student teaching with special project as substitute). Option II requires three colloquia. Presentation is made on special project.
Engineering college students to continue with program as currently structured. (Students contract for Honors credit on engineering projects, use selected course list for honors courses).
CS students in CPACS may substitute relevant life experiences for colloquium at discretion of college coordinator; consideration may be given for allowing experiential learning credit for given number of work hours, similar to other students’ internship experiences.
Students must maintain a 3.5 GPA for honors courses and cumulative GPA as required by college. Specific Scholarship GPA requirements supersede college GPA requirements (DSC, for example).
Option III: University Honors with Service Learning Option/Study Abroad/Capstone Option
This option requires:
- 30 hours of Honors work;
- six hours of colloquia; no waivers; and
- Presentation at annual Honors Symposia.
In lieu of the thesis/creative activity required in option I, the student may substitute one of the following:
- A study abroad experience of at least one semester with a minimum of 12 credit hours earned and a written paper submitted which would be the basis of the required presentation;
- A two-semester off campus internship at the middle management or above level and a written paper submitted which would be the basis of the required presentation;
- Two service learning courses and submission of a written paper that would be the basis of the required presentation may, with the approval of the college coordinator and the University Honors Committee, substitute for the thesis in option I;
- A departmental senior level capstone course and presentation may, with the approval of the college coordinator and the University Honors Committee, substitute for the thesis in option I;
- Education and engineering students may substitute student teaching and the engineering capstone project, respectively, along with presentation, for the thesis in option I.
Students may also participate in the National Collegiate Honors Council National Honors Semesters. Honors credit is limited to members of the Honors Program.
Transfer students with at least 50 credit hours may be admitted to the honors program with a cumulative or transfer GPA of 3.25-3.5, depending on their respective colleges.
Transfer students must complete 15 honors hours including 6 hours of honors colloquia, 3-6 hours of senior thesis or project and presentation, and 3-6 hours of community service/volunteer work/relevant work experience (continuing studies students only). Education majors may substitute a third colloquium for the senior thesis/project.
For more information…
University Honors Program Office
Kayser Hall, Room 208