After you are admitted to AUM and been given your student identification number, you can apply to the AUM Honors Program.
Successful applicants for the University Honors Program normally have a high school GPA of at least 3.5 and a score of at least 27 on the ACT or 1270 on the SAT. Students currently enrolled at AUM may apply for admission to the Honors Program if they have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.4 and a minimum of four full semesters remaining until their expected graduation date. All applicants submit two essays in response to written prompts and are interviewed by current UHP students.
Honors classes come in several forms:
- Honors Colloquium
- Honors Seminar
- Departmental Honors classes
- Honors Courses by Contract
- Special Topics Honors classes
- Honors Research and Thesis courses
The Honors Colloquium (1-hour credit, S/U) is offered every fall and spring semester. As a UHP student, you take the colloquium three times prior to graduation. This course is taught by rotating faculty who select readings (not textbooks) that they think everyone should read. Students take the lead in discussions.
The Honors Seminar (3-hours credit) is offered each fall and spring semester and is the major component of the university core for UHP students. Topics change each semester, and the classes are designed to replace the normal core for most UHP students. Topics have included Public Choices: Sustainability and Hunger, Fears and Fate: The Hero’s Journey, Private Choices: Leadership and Individual Responsibility, for example.
Departmental honors classes are offered by a number of academic departments for UHP students. Whenever possible, you should take those instead of the non-honors sections.
Honors courses by contract may include almost any upper level course in the major. Those contracts change the course designation to ‘Honors.” Most professors are happy to work with Honors students in developing special requirements in almost any course.
Special Topic Honors classes deal with a variety of topics and can be taken as electives (and in some cases used as major courses depending upon topic). Some courses have included: Literary AIDS (AIDS as a literary theme), The Color of Green (Environmental Economics), and Myth and Metaphor (Greek myths in the modern world).
Honors Research and Honors Thesis (3-hours each) are part of the completion of your degree. Working with a professor in your academic department, you will conduct original research, complete a creative project, or otherwise demonstrate a contribution to your chosen field.
Honors classes are open only to you as a University Honors Program student.
To sign up for the Honors Colloquium or Special Topics courses, simply use the CRN as you would for any class.
Maintain a GPA of at least 3.4 and you will graduate with honors (and wear a special cord at graduation). You do not have to be in the UHP to graduate with honors.
No. All UHP students graduate with Latin honors, but not everyone with Latin honors is in the UHP. UHP students complete the UHP requirements with an overall GPA of at least 3.4. Meeting those requirements will make you a graduate of the University Honors Program. You will earn an Honors medallion and be recognized at graduation for UHP participation.
As a graduates of the UHP, you will be recognized in graduation programs and as a group by the Chancellor. In addition, as your name is called, you are announced as a Honors Program graduate. You also earn the right to wear the UHP medallion at graduation.
Besides special courses with other UHP students? Recognition at graduation? Stimulating intellectual opportunities? Participation in a diverse community of other UHP students? Yes, there are other benefits as well:
- Access to the Honors Lounge, a private space in the Taylor Center
- Travel, including study abroad: We’ve traveled to Atlanta (for opera and art), New Orleans (for art and Mardi Gras), Birmingham (for Bowfire), Mobile (for the Dead Sea Scrolls), Dauphin Island (for dolphins) and to Washington, D.C. We've ventured abroad to tour and study in Italy, France, England, China, Korea, Sri Lanka, and the Galapagos Islands.
- Special assistance toward major awards and fellowships
- Scholarship eligibility
- Opportunities for service learning in the community with the UHP