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The Honors Program is home to USU students brave enough to take Horace’s ancient challenge: Sapere Aude – or Dare to Know. The Honors Program creates a community of dynamic, ambitious, creative students who want not simply to earn a degree at USU but also to create a life-changing experience for themselves. Honors students all learn to integrate the four key parts of an Honors education at USU: critical thinking, independent research, interdisciplinary learning, and civic engagement. Our students want to – and will – change the world.
The Honors Program helps students to create this educational experience by offering many benefits, including…
• Advising: Honors students get early priority registration and personalized advising with a Faculty Honors Advisor in the student’s major department and the Honors Program Coordinator and Advisor.
• Funding: Honors students qualify for Honors-only financial support from the Honors Research Fund (covers research or conference travel and/or materials), the Honors Study Abroad Fund (supports international travel for academic study or service projects), and Honors Scholarships (fund academic and/or housing costs for select Honors students).
• Coursework: Honors students enjoy enhanced classroom experiences, featuring Honors General Education Seminars that meet USU requirements and create student collaboration about real-world problems; Practical Application Credit for extracurricular academic projects such as service, study abroad, internships, research, and creative work; and Thesis/Capstone Projects designed by Honors students to showcase their research and creative skills to future employers or graduate programs.
• Community: Honors students join a vibrant community of students and faculty fostered by monthly Faculty-Student Socials that allow students to practice networking skills and develop connections across disciplines; a Campus Calendar and weekly updates about upcoming events on campus; and Honors House in the Living and Learning Community, which is conveniently located next to the Honors office, lounge, and classroom.