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 Admissions Requirements

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

Benefits

  • Priority registration
  • Priority for a room in Honors housing first year
  • Honors advisor in their major as a freshman
  • Honors credit for approved research, internship, and study abroad experiences
  • Support from the Honors Office

Requirements

Presidential Honors Scholar

  • 3.5 grade point average
  • Twenty-five hours of Honors-eligible credit hours
  • At least one credit hour of Honors-eligible orientation (HONR 199 or eligible departmental first-year seminar)
  • Three to six credits of thesis or an approved Honors senior project, including approved study abroad, undergraduate research, or internship. . Can be used to count to 25-hour total.

Dean’s Honors Scholar

  • 3.4 grade point average
  • Sixteen hours of Honors-eligible credit hours
  • At least one credit hour of Honors-eligible orientation (HONR 199 or eligible departmental first-year seminar)
  • (Optional) Three to six credits of thesis or an approved Honors senior project, including approved study abroad, undergraduate research, or internship. Can be used to count to 16-hour total.

Students may shift between Presidential and Dean's levels as academic performance merits. 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 101. Honors Hall Council. 1 Hour.

An introduction to the process of planning and implementing community activities. Students produce a proposal, complete with a budget for an activity, which is evaluated by their peers. Students read and discuss articles on Leadership that frame their performance and interactions in an academic context.

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, and 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 213. Growing Up in America. 3 Hours.

Students in this course explore the how the issues of gender, race/ethnicity, social class, time period, and location shaped cultural understandings of the child and a child's experience as a child throughout American history.

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. Community Engagement. 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-U. Honors. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Students in Honors Program and consent by the honors director. Indepenent 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-N. Honors. 1-3 Hours.

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


Administration

Dean

  • Kenneth P. Blemings - Ph.D.
    University of Wisconsin

Associate Dean

  • Ryan Claycomb - Ph.D.
    University of Maryland, College Park

Program Coordinator

  • Ashley Watts - MS
    West Virginia University