Honors College

The University of Alabama Honors College seeks to enhance the undergraduate experience of all Honors students with training, both practical and theoretical, in critical and creative thinking, ethical and empathetic citizenship, and collaborative and inclusive leadership. 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 as thinkers, citizens, and leaders. 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 levels.

Honors College Programs 

University Honors Program

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 some Honors courses may fulfill core curriculum requirements, allowing students to pursue their degrees within an Honors framework.  The majority of UH classes are limited in enrollment to a maximum of 19 students and are open to all Honors College students. Some classes may have pre-requisites or require the completion of a special approval application prior to registering for the course.

All incoming Honors College freshmen are required 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 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 honors thesis.

Honors Requirements  

Admission Requirements

Future Students may apply to the Honors College after they have been admitted to The University of Alabama (UA).

The requirements for admission to the Honors College are a 30 ACT/1360 SAT and a 3.5 high school GPA or higher. Because of our commitment to meeting the needs of students from within the state, Alabama high school graduates have another path to admission if they are within the top 5% of their class and have at least a 28 ACT/1310 SAT or higher and a 3.5 or higher GPA.

Although there is no formal deadline to apply to the Honors College, incoming freshmen should apply as soon as possible to facilitate registration for Honors Housing and Honors Orientation. All eligible students who apply after the registration deadline for a semester will be admitted for the next semester.

Current UA Students admitted as full-time undergraduates with at least 12 UA hours and a minimum 3.5 UA GPA and Incoming Transfer Students with at least 12 overall hours and a minimum 3.5 overall GPA will be accepted to the Honors College upon submission of their applications. All current UA students admitted to the Honors College are strongly encouraged to meet with an Honors College academic advisor before registering for Honors Courses (348-5500).

Retention Requirements

Honors Year One 

The aim of Honors Year One is to aid each student in finding and interrogating their place within the Honors College, The University of Alabama and the greater community. Students will learn and practice the key concepts of engaged scholarship, including critical and creative thinking, ethical and empathetic dialogue, and collaborative and inclusive leadership. Students will gain a practical understanding of the Honors College and their role within it, while also building relationships that foster continued participation in the community of scholars.

Because of the importance of engaging in the Honors College from the beginning of each student’s academic career, all new incoming Honors College freshmen are required to enroll in an Honors Year One course during their first year. Transfer students and current students admitted to Honors College after the completion of at least two semesters of coursework at UA are not required to complete the Honors Year One course. 

University Honors Program
Hours
Honors Year One Requirement
UH 100 or Honors Year One: Honors Connections2
UH 110 Honors Engagement
Required Honors Course
UH 200Life as a Scholar2
Select One Option
Honors College Option, Departmental Honors Option, Accelerated Master's Program Option
Option I: Honors College Option14
Restricted Electives6
Select One 200 Level UH Course in addition to UH 200
Select One 300 Level UH Course
Electives Courses 5
Select from all UH courses or from Departmental Honors Courses
Honors Capstone Experience3
The Honors Capstone Experience is designed to be the culmination of an Honors student experience in the Honors College. It may be taken within the Honors College or through the student's major department or other academic unit. Regardless, it must be designed to allow each student the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities. Prerequisites: At least one 300 level UH course and senior standing
Option II: Departmental Honors Option 14
Restricted Electives 3
Select at least one 200 or 300 level UH course in addition to UH 200
Departmental Honors Coursevaries
Note: If a Departmental Honors Program requires less than 11 credit hours, the balance of hours must be completed with any UH, Departmental Honors, or graduate-level course(s)
Consult the department honors requirements
Option III: Accelerated Master's Program14
Restricted Electives 3
At least one 200 or 300 level UH course in addition to UH 200
Accelerated Master's Program Coursesvaries
Note: If an AMP program requires less than 11 credit hours, the balance of hours must be completed with any UH, Departmental Honors, or graduate-level course(s)

Honors College courses that fulfill the HYO requirement include:

  • UH 100 Honors Year One: Honors Connections:  All Honors Connection Courses are two credit hours and standard letter grade.

  • UH 110 Honors Engagement Honors Year One: Honors Engagement: All Honors Engagement Courses are two credit hours and standard letter grade.

Students must receive a grade of "C" or better in UH 100 or UH 110 in order for the course to fulfill the HYO requirement.

Additional Retention Requirements

The Honors College retention policy considers a student's UA GPA and the rate of Honors College course completion. In order to remain in good standing with Honors College, students must maintain a 3.5 UA GPA, complete Honors College coursework at a certain rate, and meet additional requirements such as Honors Year One. Honors College will review each student's UA GPA at the conclusion of each academic year.

Students who fail to meet the UA GPA or any additional requirements will be placed on probation. If at the end of the probation year the student has not met requirements, they will be suspended from Honors College.  Failure to complete an HYO course in the first two semesters will result in automatic suspension from the Honors College. Students who are suspended will receive an email to their Crimson email address.

*For more information and up-to-date requirements, visit honors.ua.edu

Graduation Requirements

To complete the requirements of the Honors College, all students are required to earn at least 18 hours of Honors credit. Six credits out of the 18 must be in "UH" designated courses (also known as Honors Foundation courses) and graduate with a UA GPA of at least 3.5. 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. The Honors College graduation application is available to students at no additional cost.

Randall Research Scholars

The Randall Research Scholars Program is an Honors College program and all information regarding admission, academics, retention, and graduation can be found here

University Fellows Experience 

The University Fellows Experience is an Honors College program and all information regarding admission, academics, retention, and graduation can be found here.

Honors College Partner Programs 

Blount Scholars Program

The Blount Scholars Program is a College of Arts & Sciences program and all information regarding admission, academics, retention, and graduation can be found here

McCollough Scholars Program 

The McCollough Scholars Program is a College of Arts & Science program and all information regarding admission, academics, retention, and graduation can be found here

CREATE Path to the MBA

The CREATE Path to the MBA is a Culverhouse College of Business program and all information regarding admission, academics, retention, and graduation can be found here

STEM Path to the MBA

The STEM Path to the MBA is a Culverhouse College of Business program and all information regarding admission, academics, retention, and graduation can be found here. 

College and Departmental Honors Programs

Departmental Honors Programs

Biological Sciences 

The Biological Sciences Departmental Honors Program is a College of Arts & Sciences program and all information regarding admission, academics, retention, and graduation can be found here

Business 

The Business Departmental Honors Program is a Culverhouse College of Business program and all information regarding admission, academics, retention, and graduation can be found here

Chemistry 

The Chemistry Departmental Honors Program is a College of Arts & Sciences program and all information regarding admission, academics, retention, and graduation can be found here

Engineering 

The Engineering Departmental Honors Programs are College of Engineering programs and all information regarding admission, academics, retention, and graduation can be found here

English 

The English Departmental Honors Program is a College of Arts & Sciences program and all information regarding admission, academics, retention, and graduation can be found here

Geological Sciences 

The Geological Sciences Departmental Honors Program is a College of Arts & Sciences program and all information regarding admission, academics, retention, and graduation can be found here

History

The History Departmental Honors Program is a College of Arts & Sciences program and all information regarding admission, academics, retention, and graduation can be found here

Philosophy 

The Philosophy Departmental Honors Program is a College of Arts & Sciences program and all information regarding admission, academics, retention, and graduation can be found here

Physics 

The Physics Departmental Honors Program is a College of Arts & Sciences program and all information regarding admission, academics, retention, and graduation can be found here

Psychology 

The Psychology Departmental Honors Program is a College of Arts & Sciences program and all information regarding admission, academics, retention, and graduation can be found here

Educational Studies Minor

The Educational Studies Minor is a College of Education program and all information regarding admission, academics, retention, and graduation can be found here

RRS
101
UH
Hours
4
Randall Research Scholars Freshman Seminar 1

Taken by first-year students in the Randall Research Scholars Program, this course provides an accelerated introduction to computer hardware and software. Open only to students admitted to the Randall Research Scholars Program.

University Honors
UH
100
UH
Hours
2
Honors Year One: Honors Connections

Honors Connections introduces first-year students to the UA Honors College experience. The aim of this course is to aid each student in finding and interrogating their place within the Honors College, the University of Alabama and the greater community. Students will learn and practice the key concepts of engaged scholarship, including critical and creative thinking, ethical and empathic dialogue, and collaborative and inclusive leadership. Students will gain a practical understanding of the Honors College and their role within it, while also building relationships that foster continued participation in the kinship of scholars.

University Honors

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Faculty

Dean
  • Dr. Tara Williams
Assistant Dean
  • Dr. Ross Bryan
Founding Dean Emeritus
  • Dr. Robert Halli
Associate professors
  • Dr. Ross Bryan
  • Dr. Jacqueline Morgan
  • Dr. Bradley Tuggle
Assistant professors
  • Dr. John Latta
  • Dr. Tara Mock
Academic Program Directors
  • Dr. Anne Franklin Lamar - Director of Honors Year One
  • Dr. John Latta - Director of Honors Education Abroad
  • Dr. Jacqueline Morgan - Director of University Fellows Experience
  • Dr. Shane Sharpe - Director of Randall Research Scholars Program
  • Dr. Bradley Tuggle - Director of University Honors Program
Instructors
  • Rob Alley
  • Dr. Megan Bailey
  • Dr. Thomas Herwig
  • Dr. Anne Franklin Lamar
  • Dr. Paul Phelps
  • Dr. Darren Surman
  • Dr. Robert Witt - Professor and President Emeritus
Staff
  • Emili Alexander
  • Susanna Barkley
  • Jane Batson
  • David Bolus
  • Sophia Chadwick
  • Brandon Chalmers
  • Nancy Gvillo
  • Susan Haynes
  • Nancy Holmes
  • Vicki Holt
  • Erin Jett
  • Shannon Roulaine
  • Haleigh Sandlin
  • Claire Stebbins
  • Kayla Warner
  • Brandon Wingler
Artist-In-Residence
  • Chip Cooper