The University Honors Program at the University of the Arts is intended to provide academically exceptional and creatively gifted students with a rigorous and enriching intellectual and artistic experience while pursuing their undergraduate degree. The University Honors Program will provide an opportunity for students to be a part of a community of Honors Scholars with a high level of commitment to investigating the role of the performing, visual and writing arts in contemporary life. Coursework leading to the fulfillment of the University Honors Program will challenge Honors Scholars to expand the limits of their intellect, artistry and imagination.
The Honors Program comprises a total of 15 credits. Honors Scholars begin the program with one of three courses: Honors sections of either FYWT*112, First-Year Writing Seminar II Honors, UACC*101 Creative Practices Honors, or Humanities Seminar (HUMS), which serve as the gateway course to the Honors program. Scholars must also complete one honors-enriched course in each of the following: one course in their major field of study or discipline; one course from the Division of Liberal Arts; and, one course in a major or discipline outside of their own field. Scholars must also complete the Honors Thesis Tutorial and Colloquia in which scholars complete an Honors Thesis related to the capstone work in their major.
In addition to the Honors coursework, Honors Scholars must also complete 15 hours of community service each semester of the Honors Program for a total of 75 hours to complete the Honors Program requirements. Honors Scholars must also participate in one field experience related to their major through practical professional experiences like internships, apprenticeships, and alumni shadowing.
While not required, Honors Scholars are strongly encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to study internationally in order to broaden the scope of their understanding of their field of study. Scholars can accomplish this through a study abroad semester or other short-term travel experiences and courses.
Provide field experiences that further Honors Scholars’ professional preparation
Provide an intellectual breadth and the critical and analytical skills to effectively communicate their own vision as an artist, performer, writer, or designer and their role in society
Provide opportunities for Honors Scholars for the development of effective research skills and the ability to synthesize or translate research into a tangible, concrete creative expression
Provide an environment that fosters innovative, collaborative, and interdisciplinary work
Encourage the development of a sense of commitment to and engagement with the community and an understanding of the roles of the artist, performer, writer, and designer in the community
An understanding of how their own work is situated in a global context
An understanding of how their own work is situated in an historical context
A sense of entrepreneurship
Students are invited to apply to the Honors Program by Admissions based on their high school GPA and admission test scores. Students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 after completion of one semester of coursework at the University of the Arts, will also be invited to apply. Honors Scholars must maintain a 3.75 cumulative grade point average in order to continue in and complete the Honors Program. Students who fall below the 3.75 minimum cumulative average will be placed on Honors Probation and will be dismissed from the Program if their cumulative score remains under 3.75 for two consecutive semesters. Scholars who fall below a cumulative average of 3.5 are automatically dismissed. Transfer students are eligible to apply to be Honors Scholars if their cumulative grade point average from their previous college or university is 3.75 or higher.