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Honors Program

Explore. Collaborate. Influence.

The Stevenson Honors Program invites the University’s most academically talented students into an exciting, four-year honors experience that includes traditions such as the honors orientation experience, sophomore trip, junior masterclass, and senior networking dinner. Honors students—across disciplines—develop a strong network of mutually outstanding and motivated peers, experiencing Stevenson together while building lifelong bonds through this living-learning community.

The engaging honors experience includes a thematic, project-based curriculum; workshops and master classes taught by thought leaders in academia and industry; purposeful collaborations among student scholar peers and honors faculty; and specially-designed faculty-led honors program trips. In concert with the University’s well-respected career preparation program, the Honors Program offers professional preparation and career connections tailored to the specific goals and aspirations of honors students.

Stevenson Honors Experience

Freshman Year

Curricular Elements

  • Honors sections of select general education courses (English 153 and 4 classes between freshman and sophomore year).

  • Second semester of freshman year: Honors 100, a one-credit course designed to strengthen honors students’ bonds and introduce them to project-based learning. Students would collaborate with Honors 400 students.*

Programming

  • Freshman Orientation Event that involves an off-campus experience.

  • Programming within the residence halls (e.g., honors faculty in the halls)

Year-Specific Benefits

  • Designated Mustang Day

  • Freshman honors housing in residence hall


Sophomore Year

Curricular Elements

  • Students continue to take honors sections of general education courses.

Programming

  • Honors sophomore trip (short-term social trip organized exclusively for honors sophomores)
  • Professional preparation programming—tailored pre-professional advising sections, sessions to build upon Strengths Quest work done in FYS

Junior Year

Curricular Elements

  • Students work one-on-one with a faculty mentor through honors queries in their major. 

Programming

  • Junior workshop/master class with guest speaker/panel participant

Year-Specific Benefits

  • Eligibility for undergraduate teaching assistant position

Senior Year

Curricular Elements

  • Students enroll in Honors 400, a creative 3-credit project-based course that involves students from all different disciplines working collaboratively in a real-world setting. HNRS 400 students would work with and mentor HNRS 100 students. (Students would also have the option to take HNRS 400 junior year if their senior schedule did not allow for taking an additional course.)

Programming

  • Professional preparation programming, such as a workshop to teach students how to market their honors experience and their experience with project-based learning
  • Senior networking dinner (e.g., with Honors Advisory Board or a group of local entrepreneurs)
  • Senior social event

Year-Specific Benefits

  • Eligibility for undergraduate teaching assistant position
  • Honors designation on transcript, honors seal on diploma, and cording ceremony

Acknowledging Excellence: All honors students, regardless of year, will also be eligible for the following benefits and opportunities:

  1. Priority registration
  2. Social events open to all honors students
  3. Specialized advising and mentoring from Faculty Director
  4. Dedicated honors librarian
  5. Guest speakers and panel discussions (e.g., visiting writers, artists, academic leaders, entrepreneurs)
  6. Use of dedicated space
*Element would be tied to yearly theme

Honor Student

alicia o'neil
"The [honors] classes have provided more opportunity for discussion; I would recommend the program to incoming freshman because I have not found other classes that allow as much discussion and freedom."
Alicia O'Neil
Freshman
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