Special Academic Opportunities

University Honors Program

The University Honors Program is an academic experience for motivated students who seek a challenging and intellectually enriched learning environment.  With small classes and seminars, led by some of the university's most accomplished teachers and scholars, the program encourages undergraduate research and other creative activities, McNair Scholars Program, study abroad, internships and scholarship opportunities.  Click on the tab above for additional details or see http://www.uww.edu/honors.

First Year Experience:  Learning Communities

The First Year Experience office is responsible for summer orientation and registration programs, fall orientation programs, mentor programs, new student seminar, family programs, and learning communities. Learning Communities (LCs) are groups of freshman undergraduate students that have the opportunity to learn together with peers around a common theme. This program provides students with the opportunity to explore an interest integrated across multiple courses usually from the core curriculum. Many learning communities focus on potential majors, allowing freshman students to explore their interest toward the program of study.  Most Learning Communities live together in a residence hall, although there are a few LCs that do not include a residential component.  Commuter students are also encouraged to participate in Learning Communities. LCs are led by faculty and staff coordinators. The list of opportunities changes annually, visit the First Year Experience website to see all of the options: http://www.uww.edu/fye

Undergraduate Research

The Undergraduate Research Program offers students the chance to excel in scholarly and creative enterprises outside of the classroom. Student researchers have the opportunity to advance their research skills by working closely with professors in their research or designing their own research projects, becoming actively involved in creating new knowledge in their disciplines. Whether the research problem is artistic, social, political, scientific or applied, student researchers choose the tools, gather the data, and present their analysis. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater has a national reputation in undergraduate research, with terrific student researchers and a commitment to providing them with first-rate opportunities. In particular, the university provides grants for research projects, research assistantships for beginning students, and funding to attend conferences to present research.

The Undergraduate Research Program supports inquiry-driven research scholarship and creative activity.  The program is an advocate for expanded experiential learning that enhances engagement in undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity, including faculty-mentored research and curriculum-based projects.  Our program goal is to create opportunities for inclusive participation.  For additional information, see http://www.uww.edu/urp

The University Honors Program is based on the conviction that students should be given the opportunity to develop their intellectual abilities to the fullest extent possible. Those who come to the University with special academic talents and/or extensive backgrounds in specific disciplines are, through the University Honors Program, provided with instructional options designed to challenge their abilities and allow them to more fully realize their intellectual potential.

Through enrollment in honors courses and entry into individualized honors work, students are able to explore subject matter areas in greater depth than would otherwise be possible. For those who come to the University seeking the maximum return for their educational investment, the University Honors Program offers an excellent means of matching interests and skills with University expertise. The end results can be both personally and professionally rewarding.

Students active in the Honors Program are afforded opportunities to participate in study abroad programs, undergraduate research, and a variety of social and cultural activities which will augment their formal educational experience. Field trips, participation in undergraduate research, the Upper Midwest Honors Council and National Collegiate Honors Council, and social interaction with other talented and motivated students combine to provide the University Honors Program participant with opportunities for enriching experiences beyond the laboratory or classroom setting. Entering freshmen eligible for honors courses and continuing students in good standing in the program are extended priority registration to accommodate the potential scheduling complications arising from the coursework requirements of the program.

In addition to the enhanced educational opportunities presented by the University Honors Program, students who successfully meet all specified requirements are privileged to graduate with a University Honors designation. This achievement is both personally gratifying and of importance as students seek professional employment or admission to graduate schools.

University Honors Program students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.40 or better and complete honors courses and/or honors option work .

Students will be recognized as University Honors Program Scholars upon the completion of either Honors in General Studies or Honors in the Major. Students may complete either or both tracks.

  1. Honors in General Studies (21 Honors Credits)
    1. Core Curriculum:
      Fall and Spring
      Total Units21
    2. Core substitution using Honors Option (up to 6 credit replacement limit and/or other listed below)
    3. Other Credit: New student seminar, undergraduate research, travel study, service learning, independent study
  2. College and Departmental Honors (department requirements will vary)
    1. Core Curriculum:
      1. Course sequence of at least 9 credits
        1. Specifically designed honors sequence or
        2. Honors Option linked to courses
      2. Capstone experience
        1. Senior Honors Day presentation capstone project

University Honors Program students should not go two consecutive terms without completing an honors course or an H-option contract. All University Honors Program requirements and regulations must be met and adhered to throughout the time of enrollment.

Eligibility Requirements

Entering freshman students are eligible to become members of the University Honors Program if they meet these criteria:

  1. Graduated in the top 10% of their high school class AND attained an ACT composite score of 24 or greater.
  2. Graduated in the top 25% of their high school class AND attained an ACT score of 28 or greater.
  3. Highly recommended with letters of nomination by high school counselor and at least one teacher.

Information and application forms may be obtained from the University Honors Program Center at Andersen Library or at uww.edu/honors/.