Honors Program

Honors Admission Requirements

Incoming freshmen must have a composite ACT score of 27 or higher and/or have graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school class.

Sophomores, juniors, or seniors may enroll if their cumulative grade point average is 3.3 or higher.

Students must maintain a 3.3 cumulative grade point average and complete at least two Honors program credits per year to remain in the program.

The UWRF Honors program consists of 18 Honors program credits, all of which are possible to accumulate within the 120 minimum credits necessary to graduate.

Requirements for completing the Honors Program include at least 18 honors program credits and no history of academic dishonesty. Course requirements include at least one credit of HON 181 and one credit of HON 498

General Education Honors Courses

Honors program seminars and courses will meet General Education or Liberal Arts requirements whenever applicable.

Sections of General Education courses may be made available on a rotational basis to Honors Program students and often include:

CHEM 230 and CHEM 231
ENGL 100, ENGL 200 and ENG 241
PHYS 117

Contracted Credits
(variable credits)
Any Honors Program students enrolled in a non-honors at the 200 level or above may contract with the instructor to earn honors credit(s) for different work (i.e. in greater depth). These credits will be recorded as honors credits. A required form is available in the Honors Program office to gain contracted credit.

Honors Thesis/Project 1-6 cr. hrs.
Required of all participants during junior or senior year. Participants must submit a project or equivalent creative or scholarly projects in the Humanities, Fine Arts, Social Sciences and Education, and suggest appropriate faculty reviewers to the Honors Director for approval before commencing their work. Each project will be evaluated by three faculty chosen by the student and approved by the Honors Director. Projects may be graded pass/fail at the student‚s request. Projects undertaken for departmental senior seminars may be accepted as honors theses/projects at the discretion of the department and the Honors Director.

Service Learning Component 1-6 cr. hrs.
Service learning in this context means unpaid volunteer work that will benefit the community and provide a significant learning experience. Service learning is based on the rationale that learning occurs through reflection on the service. One credit equals 45 hours of service learning. Service learning hours must be documented as to the amount of time contributed and the learning component completed. Participants must submit a proposal for service learning project(s) to the Honors Director for their approval prior to the service learning activity. These proposals will describe the service learning activity, outline its connection to the student‚s course work, and include the signature of the student‚s proposed field supervisor. Service learning hours may be planned and carried out individually, through the UWRF Collegiate Honors Society, or with another organization. Honors program students are encouraged to arrange service learning activities through other organizations they belong to in order to stimulate participation by other university community members. Service Learning is graded on a pass/fail basis.

Events 0-2 cr. hrs.

This component is meant to encourage Honors Program participants to engage in the intellectual and creative life of the UW-River Falls community and elsewhere. Approved events will include attendance or participation in professional meetings, lectures, concerts, plays, and art exhibits. Participants must submit an event proposal to the Director prior to the events describing the events to be attended and, wherever possible, drawing connections between them and the participant‚s course of study. Five events (12 hours minimum) equal one credit. Participants must provide a portfolio of short reaction papers to each event and appropriate evidence of participation in order to earn credit. Events are graded on a pass/fail basis


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The UW-River Falls Honors Program is designed to meet the educational needs of students who have an outstanding record of academic achievement and a true sense of intellectual adventure. It allows students to experience a variety of course types and educationally related experiences while gaining academic credit. 

Students enrolled in the program may choose Honors sections of many general education classes, take introductory and advanced Honors seminars, complete an Honors thesis/project, enroll in a service-learning experience for credit and receive credits for participation in the intellectual and creative life of the UWRF community and elsewhere. All of these experiences are gained while still keeping within the major and minor requirements of an Honors student's academic program.