The University of Alabama Honors College seeks to enhance the undergraduate experience of all Honors students through innovative scholarship, advanced research, intercultural interaction and civic engagement. The Honors College provides students with an enhanced academic curriculum and leadership opportunities while promoting engagement with peers and faculty members. One of the highest priorities of the Honors College is to empower students to reach the peak of their potential and be recognized for their achievements. Honors College students are known for leadership on campus and in the community, innovative thinking, creation of new programs and initiatives and success in winning awards and scholarships at the University, national and international level.
The Honors College serves its students through the core Honors experience and other specialized programs, including the Computer-Based Honors Program and the University Fellows Experience. The Honors College also works collaboratively with other colleges to create unique partnerships and departmental honors programs throughout the University, allowing Honors students to major in any discipline and adding to the diversity of the Honors experience.
Honors College facilities in Nott Hall include administrative, faculty and student offices; a reception area; multiple seminar and conference rooms; an Honors College student lounge; a lounge for the University Fellows Experience; and a suite and computer lab for the Computer-Based Honors Program. The Honors College has multiple residence halls that are an important facet of a strong Honors community, providing spaces for group study and engagement. The majority of the Honors residence halls are coeducational, suite-style facilities and feature several Honors faculty-in-residence members in addition to Honors residential assistants.
Honors College students have access to Honors housing, and entering freshmen have the opportunity to attend Honors summer orientation sessions. After the first semester, Honors College students will be given priority registration over students who share the same student classification (senior, junior, sophomore, freshman). Honors courses are noted on the official transcript, and completing the Honors College requirements is noted on both the transcript and official graduation documents.
For more information about the Honors College, contact The University of Alabama Honors College, 288 Nott Hall, Box 870169, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0169; call (205) 348-5500; or visit honors.ua.edu.
Honors College Experience
The foundation of the Honors College is the Honors experience which provides students with an enhanced academic curriculum and the ability to work with their peers and outstanding faculty members in an enriched academic environment. The Honors experience does not constitute a major or a minor, but most Honors courses fulfill core curriculum requirements which allows students to pursue their degrees within an Honors framework.
All incoming Honors College freshmen are encouraged to engage in Honors Year One, a program that combines academic coursework with opportunities for engagement on campus in the first academic year. Honors Connection, Common Book Experiences and Freshmen Exploratory Topic classes provide freshmen a way to transition into college life and develop new relationships with other Honors College students and faculty. As automatic members of the Honors College Assembly (HCA), Honors freshmen are also encouraged to become involved in the diverse programming offered by HCA.
Honors College students normally take one or two Honors courses per semester rather than an Honors-only schedule. The evaluation of work done in Honors courses neither penalizes nor unduly rewards students for undertaking the Honors curriculum. The majority of Honors courses are lower in enrollment than their non-Honors counterparts, and most Honors College students perform better in their Honors classes because they find them more engaging and challenging. Honors credit can be earned in a variety of ways, including University Honors courses, departmental honors courses, graduate-level courses, Honors by Contract, independent study and an honors thesis.
Entering freshmen with a composite ACT score of at least 28 or SAT score of at least 1250 (verbal and quantitative) and at least a 3.5 high-school GPA are invited to apply to the Honors College. Upon receipt of their Honors College freshmen applications, all National Merit Finalists and National Achievement Finalists are admitted automatically. Current UA students not admitted as entering freshmen are invited to apply during their first academic year on campus after they have earned an overall GPA of at least 3.3 and completed 12 or more hours at The University of Alabama. Transfer students with 12 or more hours and at least a 3.3 overall GPA in their transferred coursework are also invited to apply. Current UA students and transfer students who apply after completing a significant number of hours are required to draft a plan to finish all Honors coursework prior to admission.
To complete the requirements of the Honors College, all students are required to earn at least 18 hours of Honors credit, including at least six hours of Honors Foundation courses, and graduate with an overall GPA of at least 3.3. Students must apply for graduation with the Honors College in addition to their official UA graduation application in order to have Honors designations displayed on their transcript and official graduation documents.
Overall GPA and course completion are monitored each semester. Honors College students who drop below a 3.3 overall GPA will be suspended unless raising their overall GPA to at least a 3.3 is feasible. Students who remain in the Honors College below a 3.3 overall GPA are not considered to be in good standing. Suspended students may be reinstated by contacting the Honors College after their overall GPA increases to at least a 3.3.
Honors College students must complete Honors coursework at a proportional rate to overall degree completion relative to time of admission. Students whose rate of completing Honors coursework falls significantly behind their rate of overall degree completion will be temporarily suspended pending an approved plan to finish Honors coursework.
Because of the importance of engaging with the Honors College from the beginning of each student’s academic career, beginning with the freshman class of 2017, all Honors College students will be required to participate in an Honors Year One experience during their first year. HYO experiences engage students with fellow students and with faculty and foster deeper, more meaningful connections to Honors. A sample of Honors College classes and experiences that fulfill the HYO requirement for Fall 2017/Spring 2018 are listed below.
Fall 2017 Courses
UH100 – Honors Connections
UH100 – Freshman Seminars
UH101 – Understanding Poverty
CBH101 – Computer Based Honors
UH103 – Honors Action
UH120 – Freshman Common Book
UH155 – Freshman Humanities
UH210 – Freshman Fine Arts
Spring 2018 Courses
UH100 – Honors Connection
UH120 – Freshman Common Book
Fall 2018 Programs and Experiences
Honors Colloquium/Lecture Series*
All Honors requirements are subject to change, and exceptions to the requirements for special circumstances exist. *For more information and up-to-date requirements, visit honors.ua.edu.
University Honors (UH) courses are the foundation of the Honors experience and often can be used to satisfy general education requirements. Most UH classes are limited in enrollment to a maximum of 15 students and few have prerequisites. Professors in UH courses stress the development of critical, analytical and interpretive skills.
Departmental honors courses seat only Honors students and have limited enrollments in order to maximize interaction between students and faculty. Various departments offer these classes and regularly assign their best teachers to Honors sections, seeking to encourage Honors students to major or minor in their disciplines. All graduate level courses (500 and above) offered by departments count as Honors credit as well, once the Honors College is notified after course completion.
The Honors by Contract option allows Honors College students to make certain departmental courses at the 300- or 400-level count for Honors credit. In order to earn Honors credit, the student must collaborate with a supervisor to create an additional assignment or learning element that raises the course to Honors level work. Students must earn at least a B grade on the extra assignment and can apply no more than six hours of Honors by Contract courses towards the Honors College requirements.
Independent study allows students to pursue self-directed study in a subject area chosen by the student in consultation with a qualified supervisor. Self-directed studies often lead to conference presentations, publications and other experiences unique to the student's interests. Restrictions to using independent study courses to fulfill the Honors College requirements exist.
The Honors Thesis option allows students to undertake thesis research and writing for class credit and can be completed through the Honors College or a departmental honors program.
Honors Course List
|UH 100||Honors Year One||1-3|
|UH 101||Survey: Values & Society||3|
|UH 103||Honors Action||1|
|UH 105||Honors Mentoring||3|
|UH 120||Honors Explorations||1-3|
|UH 155||Freshman Seminar||3|
|IHP 105||Culture & Human Experience||3|
|UH 201||Classics & Western Culture||3|
|UH 202||Survey: Class East Cult||3|
|UH 203||Classics & Western Culture II||3|
|UH 204||Classics & African Culture||3|
|UH 210||Honors Fine Arts||3|
|UH 300||Honors Spec Topics Sem||3|
|UH 330||Intro Clinical Medicine||3|
|UH 331||Save First: Poverty in America||1-3|
|UH 333||Evry Move Cnts ChessED Project||1-3|
|UH 334||Documenting Justice I||3|
|UH 335||Documenting Justice II||3|
|UFE 350||Black Belt Experience||3|
|UH 400||Honors Independent Study||1-6|
|UH 405||Leadership Experience||1-6|
|UH 498||Honors Thesis Research||1-3|
|UH 499||Honors Thesis||3|
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Taken by first-year students in the Computer-Based Honors Program, this course provides an accelerated introduction to computer hardware and software. Open only to students admitted to the Computer-Based Honors Program,.
This course develops students' cross-cultural communication skills and the ability to analyze world issues from a variety of cultural perspectives.
This course is a discovery-based partnership in which incoming freshmen will engage with current Honors College students to help find their place and transition into a collegiate environment. The ultimate goal for each student that participates in Honors Year One is to be exposed to the fundamental ideals of the Honors College, including innovative scholarship, advanced research, cultural interaction, and civic engagement.