University Honors Program
Sherri Dienstfrey-Swanson, Ph.D., Director
Rendezvous Building, Room 323
921 S 8th Ave Stop 8010
Pocatello ID 83209-8010
Office: (208) 282-3662
The University Honors Program is an academic learning community that offers a broad range of enriched educational experiences, typically found at a small private college, for bright, talented, and ambitious undergraduate students. The main goals of the program are:
- To provide a challenging and imaginative curriculum;
- To prepare students for a post-graduate education through seminars, individual research, and one-on-one interaction with faculty; and
- To enrich the life of all honors students by fostering a spirit of ongoing inquiry and a love of learning.
The University Honors Program offers interdisciplinary, theme-driven course sequences in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. They are designed for students who are motivated to develop their critical and creative thinking in a more personalized atmosphere than may be expected in normal lower division courses. These courses are offered in small classes (25 maximum enrollment) by interested faculty, deal with broad and/or interdisciplinary issues, and confront some aspect of the human condition. Innovative teaching and assignments are encouraged, and interaction with faculty and class members is lively. Please check www.isu.edu/honors for this year’s core curriculum themes and additional information. Questions about the University Honors Program and courses may be directed to the address above.
The University Honors Program Curriculum fulfills many of the General Education Requirements.
Admission to the University Honors Program (UHP) is competitive. Please check http://www.isu.edu/honors for admission requirements.
Transfer students from honors programs at other institutions are welcome to apply to the University Honors Program, and honors credits will be evaluated. Students who wish to enter the program in their sophomore or junior years should consult with the Honors Program Director and/or Coordinator.
Students admitted to the Honors Program are required to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.25. Students must show evidence of continuous progress toward their degrees. Students dropping below the 3.25 requirement have one probationary semester to raise the GPA before facing dismissal from the program.
Graduation from the University Honors Program
Members of the University Honors Program (UHP) can complete either an Honors Distinction or an Honors Degree. The Honors Distinction is noted on the student's transcript. The Honors Degree is noted on the student's diploma and transcript.
Requirements for Distinction in the University Honors Program
|HONS 3391||Honors Seminar||1|
|Additional Honors coursework to reach 19 credits. (Coursework may include Honors Contract courses.)||18|
Highly Suggested 1st Year Honors Courses:
|ENGL 1101||English Composition||3|
|HONS 1101||Honors Humanities I||3|
|HONS 1102||Honors Humanities II||3|
Honors coursework may include the following offerings:
|ACAD 1111||University Inquiry||3|
|ANTH 2237||Peoples and Cultures of the Old World||3|
|General Chemistry I|
and General Chemistry I Lab
|General Chemistry II|
and General Chemistry II Lab
|COMM 1101||Principles of Speech||3|
|EDUC 1110||Education and Schooling in the U.S.||3|
|EDUC 2204||Families Community Culture||3|
|ECON 2201||Principles of Macroeconomics||3|
|HONS 2220||Information Research Techniques||1|
|PHIL 1101||Introduction to Philosophy||3|
|POLS 1101||Introduction to United States Government||3|
|POLS 2202||Introduction to Politics Critical Thinking and Analysis||3|
|TGE 1257||Applied Ethics in Technology||3|
|THEA 1101||Survey of Theatre||3|
|THEA 1118||Oral Interpretation of Literature||3|
|Honors sections of other academic courses may be offered as opportunities arise.|
Requirements for Degree in the University Honors Program
|Completion of Honors Distinction||19|
|Upper Division Honors Contract Courses (Must include 1 credit of HONS 4493)||5|
|HONS 3391||Honors Seminar||1|
|HONS 4493||Honors Senior Thesis or Project||1-3|
|Honors Project, Thesis or Contract Courses||6|
|Defense of Honors Thesis|
University Honors students take at least one Honors Seminar (HONS 3391), and students seeking an Honors degree must take two Honors Seminars. These seminars seek to introduce a specialty topic in a creative manner. Instructors are challenged to teach a topic in their field of expertise in a way that makes the material understandable from a wide range of majors. In general, at least two Honors Seminars will be offered each semester.
Honors Contract Courses
In addition to the interdisciplinary seminars, each University Honors student working on an Honors Degree must complete a minimum of 6 upper division credits of Honors Contract courses in the student’s major or minor. Honors Contract courses are departmental courses offered under an “Honors Contract” between the student and instructor. An “Honors Contract” course requires that the student and instructor agree, on a case-by-case basis, to a set of requirements for the course. All Honors Contracts must be approved by the Honors program director. In general, any non-objective class can be contracted with the proper permission from the instructor and UHP director.
Honors Project or Thesis
Each University Honors Degree student is required to complete an honors project or thesis at the senior level in the department of his or her major or minor. The capstone project (1-6 credits) requires the University Honors student to prepare a project proposal for review by a departmental Honors Advisor. The project could be a research-based senior thesis or another appropriate project. The completed project is presented in a public forum and defended before a committee comprised of the Honors Advisor within the major department, another faculty member in the department, and the director of the University Honors Program. Appropriate public venues for the presentation include but are not limited to: a departmental seminar, the Idaho State University Undergraduate Research Symposium, an honors regional or national conference, or a discipline specific conference.
Graduates of the University Honors Program who complete 32 honors credits will receive one of the following degrees:
- Honors Bachelor of Arts
- Honors Bachelor of Science
- Honors Bachelor of Business Administration
- Honors Bachelor of Fine Arts
- Honors Bachelor of Music
- Honors Bachelor of Music Education
How to Read Course Descriptions
The bolded first line begins with a capitalized abbreviation that designates the subject area followed by the course number and title. The number of credits earned by taking the courses is also displayed.
The course description is a brief summary of the purpose of the course and the topics covered. Any requisite courses are listed and could include the following:
- Courses showing the abbreviation “COREQ” require simultaneous registration with each course named as a corequisite.
- The abbreviation “PRE-or-COREQ” means that each course named may have been taken prior to or may be taken concurrently with the course for which it is required.
- Courses showing the abbreviation “PREREQ” require the courses named as prerequisites to have been taken previously.
If the course can be applied towards a General Education Objective, the applicable Objective is listed.
To assist with your academic planning, courses in the Undergraduate Catalog are designated according to the semester they are usually offered. Unanticipated faculty vacancies and academic program changes may affect future course scheduling. Therefore, students should always contact the academic department to verify future course offerings, especially when specific courses are needed for graduation.
The following letters which appear after the course descriptions indicate the anticipated course scheduling:
F = Fall Semester, every year
S = Spring Semester, every year
Se = Sequential; a series of courses is presented until all have been taught.
Su = Summer Semester, every year
EF, ES, ESu = Even-numbered years, Fall, Spring, or Summer Semester
OF, OS, OSu = Odd-numbered years, Fall, Spring, or Summer Semester
D = Students should contact the Department to ask when this course will be offered.
R1 = Course is rotated every year, either Fall or Spring
R2 = Course is rotated every two years, either Fall or Spring
R3 = Course is rotated every three years, either Fall or Spring
HONS 1101 Honors Humanities I: 3 semester hours.
A writing-intensive interdisciplinary course examining relationships between the arts and letters from the Classical Age through the Enlightenment. Partially satisfies Objective 1 of the General Education Requirements. PREREQ: ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1101P with C- or better, or equivalent. F
HONS 1102 Honors Humanities II: 3 semester hours.
A writing-intensive interdisciplinary course examining relationships between the arts and letters from the nineteenth century to the present. Partially satisfies Objective 4 of the General Education Requirements. S
HONS 1103 Honors Social Science I: 3 semester hours.
A writing-intensive interdisciplinary course examining the relationships in the social sciences from the Classical Age through the Enlightenment. F
HONS 1104 Honors Social Science II: 3 semester hours.
A writing-intensive interdisciplinary course examining the relationships in the social sciences from the nineteenth century to the present. S
HONS 2220 Information Research Techniques: 1 semester hour.
Students develop strategies for recognizing, locating, and evaluating pertinent information and using it effectively in current and future research papers and/or in their field of endeavor. D
HONS 3391 Honors Seminar: 1 semester hour.
Exposes students to a range of critical and theoretical approaches within various disciplines in multiple seminars. Students formulate research problems and incorporate the results of their research into a seminar paper and/or oral presentation. May be repeated for up to 4 credits with different content. F, S
HONS 3393 Introduction to Honors Thesis: 1 semester hour.
Prepares junior-level students enrolled in the University Honors Program to develop, plan, and begin their Honors Thesis or Honors Project. Select a thesis or project topic, identify a thesis director, begin scholarship review for the project or thesis, and develop a timeline for completing the project or thesis. F
HONS 4493 Honors Senior Thesis or Project: 1-3 semester hours.
Supervised by a committee of at least two faculty members and approved by the University Honors Program Director. DEPT 4493H will be used when possible. May be repeated for up to 6 credits. PREREQ: Permission of Instructor and Honors Program Director. F, S