UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
Honors Program Curriculum
The UWRF Honors Program consists of 18 Honors 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 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 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, 200, and 241, and PHYS 117.
Students must maintain a 3.3 cumulative grade point average and complete at least two Honors credits per academic year to remain in the program. Students that have completed or are completing the Honors Program requirements are not required to take Honors credits above and beyond to remain active in the program, however still must maintain a 3.3 CGPA. Students that are unable to take two Honors credits in an academic year due to special circumstances should contact the Honors Program Director.
Contracted Credits (variable credits)
Any Honors Program students enrolled in a non-honors course 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 and also online (consult the "Forms" page).
Honors Thesis/Project (1-6 credit hours)
Required of all participants during junior or senior year. To enroll in HON 498, students must submit a proposal to the Honors Program Director outlining a project connected to the student's major and/or minor. The type of project will be dependent on the discipline being explored, but all projects must be approved by the Honors Director prior to the end of the "drop/add period" of the semester. Each project will be evaluated 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. Forms can be obtained either from the office or online (consult the "Forms" page).
Service Learning Component (1-6 credit hours)
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. Forms can be obtained either from the office or online (consult the "Forms" page).
Events (0-2 credit hours)
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. Forms can be obtained either from the office or online (consult the "Forms" page).