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BECOME AN HONORS STUDENT AT UNIVERSITY OF MOUNT OLIVE

In support of the mission of the University of Mount Olive (UMO), the UMO Honors Program seeks to provide an integrated learning experience, rooted in the liberal arts tradition, that cultivates global awareness, innovation, creativity, and leadership through enriched courses that foster intellectual discovery.  Further, the UMO Honors Program offers students additional opportunities for scholarly collaboration and the development of a sense of community through seminars, forums, and service projects.

HONORS PROGRAM ADMITTANCE AND CONTINUATION CRITERIA

Students who receive a UMO Presidential Scholarship or graduate from a community college having completed an affiliated Honors Program automatically qualify for the UMO Honors Program.  Other students may apply for admittance into the Honors Program provided they have completed no more than two semesters of full-time collegiate enrollment and have a demonstrated record of academic success, leadership, and service.

ONCE ADMITTED INTO THE HONORS PROGRAM, ALL HONORS STUDENTS MUST:

  • Be enrolled in a full-time program of studies in accordance with the UMO policy
  • At the end of each semester, achieve a minimum 3.300 cumulative GPA
  • At the end of each academic year, earn a cumulative total of semester hours that is equivalent to an average of at least 15 semester hours for each full-time term of enrollment at UMO (summer terms excluded)
  • Complete an Honors course each semester earning a minimum grade of a C.
  • Actively participate in the Honors Club.

HONORS PROGRAM CURRICULUM

The purpose of the Honors Program is to facilitate students’ development of a sense of the unity of knowledge implicit in a liberal arts education and a scholarly and collaborative community. To this end, courses are more academically rigorous than the more traditional classes. The junior Honors class also includes a travel abroad component.

FRESHMAN YEAR: CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS

HON 111 (3 sh) Great Ideas
An exploration of the liberal arts responses to the perennial questions of being, including major Western philosophic, religious & scientific discourse. Written Communication GER

HON 112 (3 sh) Great Works
An intensive study of the canonical works of literature, which have shaped Western culture, including critical analysis and research components. Written Communication GER

SOPHOMORE YEAR: AMERICAN PERSPECTIVES: BECOMING A BETTER CITIZEN

HON 211 (3 sh) State & Regional Issues
This interdisciplinary course includes in depth exploration and intensive research on state and regional issues. Social/Behavioral Science GER

HON 212 (3 sh) National Issues
This interdisciplinary course includes in depth exploration and intensive research on issues facing America. Citizenship GER

JUNIOR YEAR: INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES: BECOMING A CITIZEN OF THE WORLD

HON 311 (3 sh) The Global Community
This interdisciplinary course includes in depth exploration and intensive research on issues facing the Global Community. History GER

HON 312 (3 sh) Travel Abroad
This course involves classroom study, reading, lectures, and international site visits. This course explores the major historical events of the focus country/countries with an emphasis on understanding cultural differences and historical issues in a global context. Global Understanding GER

SENIOR YEAR: CAPSTONE

HON 411 (3 sh) Senior Reflections
This course will facilitate the development of our students’ lifelong learning experiences with particular emphasis on the connections between their chosen vocation/career and the ways in which UMO has played a part in their decisions.

HON 412 (3 sh) Senior Research
This course is designed for students to develop a project in their major, service or a passion. They may work individually or in groups. An oral presentation will be required.

Have additional questions about the UMO Honors Program? Interested in applying to the UMO Honors Program? Please email Dr. Brenda Cates, UMO Honors Program Director, to get started.