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Honors College

http://honors.wvu.edu

The mission of the Honors College is to provide a high quality living/learning environment for academically talented students at West Virginia University.  The college will promote its core values, which are personal and professional integrity, tolerance, academic excellence, service to the community, leadership, and a global perspective.

Honors College Requirements

Presidential Honors Scholar

  • A 3.8 GPA and a 28 ACT or 1260 SAT
    or
  • A 3.5 GPA and a 31 ACT or 1380 SAT

Dean’s Honors Scholar

  • A 3.8 GPA and a ACT 25 or 1140 SAT
    or
  • A 3.6 GPA and a ACT 26 or 1180 SAT or 27 ACT or 1220 SAT
    or
  • A 3.5 GPA and a ACT 28 or 1260 SAT

Benefits

Presidential Honors Scholar

  • Priority registration
  • Priority for a room in Honors Hall first year (with priority for apartments in Vandalia Hall during their second and subsequent years)
  • Honors advisor in their major as a freshman
  • Guaranteed Honors credit for research, internship, and study abroad experiences
  • Support from the Honors Office

Dean’s Honors Scholar

  • Priority registration
  • Honors advisor in their major as a freshman
  • Support from the Honors Office
  • Honors housing
  • Students may elect to become Presidential Scholars if they earn a 3.5 GPA during their first year

Requirements

Presidential Honors Scholar

  • 3.5 grade point average
  • Twenty-five hours of “Honors” credit hours
    Thirteen Honors credit hours—specifically designated Honors courses including Honors 199 (one credit hour Honors gateway orientation course)
  • Six Honors hours (which may be thesis hours)
  • Six credits at the 300- and 400-level in the student’s major that have been approved as Honors-level courses by the department chair and the dean of the Honors College
  • Thesis or an approved semester of study abroad

Dean’s Honors Scholar

  • 3.4 grade point average
  • Sixteen hours of “Honors” credit hours
  • Seven Honors credit hours—specifically designated Honors courses including Honors 199 (one credit hour Honors gateway orientation course)
  • Nine credits at the 300- and 400-level in the student’s major that have been approved as Honors-level courses by the department chair and the dean of the Honors College
  • Thesis optional (however, encouraged—could be used as credits in the 300- or 400-level section above)

Current WVU students may participate if they have a 3.7 GPA after completing fourteen to thirty-four hours of coursework with no withdrawals or incompletes.

If you would like more information, please contact the Honors Office. Students may also visit the website listed above.

Courses

HONR 189. Career Exploration Internship. 1-3 Hours.

(May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit hours.) Guided career exploration through introductory experiential learning by shadowing professionals at one or more placement site.

HONR 199. Orientation to Honors. 1 Hour.

Orientation to degree programs and requirements, departmental resources, curriculum options, student responsibilities and opportunities.

HONR 201. Peer Leadership. 1,2 Hour.

PR: Students must be Honors College members in good academic standing. (May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit hours.) This course is a forum for the exchange of ideas and an environment where tutors learn effective tutoring strategies.

HONR 205. English Ritual Drama & Dance. 3 Hours.

Morris dance and Mummers plays are an important part of the culture and heritage of working-class England. This class looks at their orgins, and their impact on society and politics. Participation in dance required.

HONR 210. City-As-Text-Morgantown. 3 Hours.

National Collegiate Honors Council's framework City-As-Text uses Morgantown as the basis for an interactive course which uses primary document and physical structures to investigate the historical, political, cultural and social aspects of place.

HONR 215. Confronting Pseudoscience. 3 Hours.

Using the tools of evidential reasoning and critical thinking this course examines the difference between a true scientific endeavor and pseudoscientific belief systems.

HONR 220. Speech Writing. 3 Hours.

A workshop seminar with the objective to develop and practice speech writing and presentation skills. The focus is on formal, manuscript speeches, with carefully crafted language, organization, flow, and delivery.

HONR 285. Summer Guided Reading. 3 Hours.

Students will explore various reading topics. They will be required to complete assigned readings and submit review papers on the readings.

HONR 293A-Z. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

HONR 297. Research. 1-6 Hours.

Independent research projects.

HONR 298A-Z. Honors. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Students in Honors Program and consent by the honors director. Independent reading, study, or research.

HONR 301. Advanced Peer Leadership. 1,2 Hour.

PR: Students must be members of the Honors College in good academic standing and have completed HONR 201. (May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit hours.) This course is designed as a forum for the exchange of ideas and an environment where advanced peer tutors can learn and discuss effective strategies for helping their University peers study various subjects.

HONR 401. Peer Leadership Practicum. 1,2 Hour.

PR: Students must be members of the Honors College in good academic standing and have completed HONR 201 and HONR 301. (May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit hours. This course is designed as a forum for the exchange of ideas and an environment where advanced peer tutors can learn and discuss effective strategies for helping their University peers study various subjects.

HONR 402. Foundations of Peer Mentoring. 3 Hours.

PR: Students must be in good academic standing with the Honors College to enroll in this course. This course is designed to develop mentors who will lead HONR 199. This course will focus on strategies and tactics used by successful university instructors, practice of these techniques, and the production of materials.

HONR 412. The Salem Witch Trials. 3 Hours.

The Salem Witch Trials are one of the iconic events of American History. This class examines the trials themselves and their interpretations in scholarly works, art, drama and film, poetry and other media.

HONR 490. Teaching Practicum. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Teaching practice as a tutor or assistant.

HONR 491. Professional Field Experience. 1-9 Hours.

PR: Consent. (May be repeated up to a maximum of 9 hours.) Prearranged experiential learning program, to be planned, supervised, and evaluated for credit by faculty and field supervisors. Involves temporary placement with public or private enterprise for professional competence development.

HONR 493A-Z. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

HONR 494A-Z. Seminar. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Presentation and discussion of topics of mutual concern to students and faculty.

HONR 495. Independent Study. 1-6 Hours.

Faculty supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings.

HONR 496. Senior Thesis. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent.

HONR 497. Research. 1-6 Hours.

Independent research projects.

HONR 498A-Z. Honors. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Students in Honors Program and consent by the honors director. Independent reading, study or research.


Administration

Dean

  • Keith Garbutt - Ph.D. (University of Wales)

Assistant Dean

  • Ryan Claycomb - Ph.D. (University of Maryland)

Director

  • Amy Cyphert - J.D. (Harvard University)
    ASPIRE Program

Program Coordinator

  • Marie Leichliter - Ed.D. (West Virginia University)
    Honors College
  • Cate Johnson - M.S. (West Virginia University)
    ASPIRE Program
  • Ahnya Redman - Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State University)
    ASPIRE Pre-Health Advisor