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Completion Requirements

Incoming students starting in Fall 2016 or later will engage in the University Honors new curriculum. Students who began the program prior to Fall 2016 will not be affected; these students can find their completion requirements here.

Note: Current KU and transfer students who have applied to and are starting the program in Fall 2016 or later are encouraged to meet with an Honors staff advisor to discuss the best curriculum for them. Please contact Dr. Anne Dotter to schedule an advising appointment.

Honors Completion Requirements

Honors students will complete an Honors Seminar, 18 hours of Honors course credit, and a selection of 4 Enhanced Learning Experiences (ELEs). 

To remain in good standing with the University Honors Program, students must maintain a GPA of 3.25 or above and demonstrate progress toward completion of their Honors requirements. Failing this, students will lose their priority enrollment benefits. Students with a descending GPA (slipping below a cumulative GPA of 3.5) will be invited to visit an Honors advisor at least twice per semester. 

Honors Enhanced Learning Experiences

Students must complete 4 distinct experiences from the list below. Each ELE may have course-based and/or experience-based paths for completion. No one activity can fulfill two separate experiences (though a course taken toward the 18 hours of Honors credit can also count toward an ELE). Upon completion of each ELE, students will post a reflection question in their KU Portal. (Please check back for the link to this system.)

Honors Enhanced Learning Experience categories include:

1. Public Service
2. Cultural Literacy & Social Justice 
3. Global Citizenship  
4. Aesthetic Engagement 
5. Professional Development & Social Entrepreneurship  
6. Leadership 
7. Research Skills & In-Depth Learning 
8. Interdisciplinarity & Breadth of Learning  
9. Student initiated experience 

A student may find it relatively easy to complete the Public Service and Cultural Literacy ELEs their first year on campus, while they might need to work up to completing the Leadership and Interdisciplinarity ELEs during their junior or senior years.While low 1st year students are doing research, most will find that the ELEs are presented in a suggested order. 

Submitting your Enhanced Learning Experiences

If you log into your KU portal, you will notice a front page with several different elements, including calendar, academics, news, etc. If you go look at the upper left portion, you will see a button that says “Customize”. If you click on this button, you will have the option to search for additional panes to add to your KU portal. Search for “undergraduate certificates”, and add this to your page. You will then see a button for the “honors program” and should be able to submit your experience through this mechanism. You will be prompted to describe the experience and to submit a reflection piece, based on the question listed. Once completed, you may then submit.   

These pages are under construction; please check back later for complete information about these requirements. Pressing questions can be sent to Associate Director Dr. Anne Dotter.


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