Office: 286 Nott Hall
Students seeking an enhanced academic curriculum for their undergraduate work can find it in the University Honors Program (UHP). More than 2,000 students from all schools and colleges in the University participate in the University Honors Program, which gives outstanding students the opportunity to work with their peers and with outstanding faculty members in an enriched academic environment. UHP constitutes neither a major nor a minor, but honors courses fulfill core curriculum and other requirements, allowing students to pursue their own specific degree and study objectives within the honors framework.
Entering freshmen with ACT scores of at least 28 or SAT scores of at least 1240 are automatically admitted upon receipt of their applications for the University Honors Program. National Merit Finalists, National Achievement Finalists, National Hispanic Scholars, and UA Presidential Scholars and Alumni Honors Scholars are also automatically admitted upon receipt of their UHP applications. Students not admitted as entering freshmen will be admitted upon receipt of their UHP applications after they have earned an overall GPA of 3.3 at The University of Alabama. Transfer students with grade point averages of 3.3 on courses transferred to the University are automatically admitted upon receipt of their UHP applications.
University Honors Program students are required to earn at least 18 hours of non-pass/fail honors credit, including at least 6 hours in non-pass/fail University Honors (UH) courses at the 100, 200, or 300 level (PHL 202 Honors Introductory Ethics counts as UH hours). Participants must maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.3 for their work at The University of Alabama and must complete the University Honors Program's course requirements at the approved rate to remain members in good standing of the program. Students may undertake an honors thesis for 3 to 6 hours of credit, which will count toward the 18-hour requirement but which will not count toward the requirement of 6 hours in UH courses. UHP students normally take one or two honors courses a semester, not a full schedule of them. The evaluation of work done in honors courses neither penalizes nor unduly rewards students for undertaking the honors curriculum. Most UHP students perform better in honors classes because they find them interesting and challenging.
UH classes top out at 15 students. Departmental honors classes, often enriched editions of regular offerings, have limited enrollment in order to maximize interaction between students and faculty. UH teachers are first-rate and departments regularly assign their best teachers to honors sections, seeking to encourage honors students to major or minor in their disciplines. Honors courses stress the development of critical, analytical, and interpretive skills. Importantly, UHP members have the highest registration priority. Entering freshmen have their own orientation session before the regular ones begin and matriculated honors students enter registration first each semester. In addition to all the honors course notations, UHP participation will be noted on transcripts, and those honors students completing a thesis will have that noted, too. Honors students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of social and intellectual events and activities designed especially for them.
The Honors Program Student Association conducts a number of interesting events throughout the year and is involved in several philanthropic projects in the Tuscaloosa area. Student members have attended both national and regional conferences sponsored by the National Collegiate Honors Council and the Southern Regional Honors Council, and have participated in all areas of campus life. The Honors Program Student Association plays an important part in developing and maintaining support for academic excellence on campus.
The Jo Nell Usrey Stephens Honors Scholarship, the Barrett C. and Tolly Gilmer Shelton Honors Scholarship, and the Alton C. and Cecile C. Craig Endowed Honors Program Scholarship are available to three entering freshman students who are members of the University Honors Program and who are receiving no scholarships from the University. The scholarships are renewable if the students maintain GPAs of 3.3 or higher and continue to participate in the University Honors Program. The William G. Cox International Travel Fund, McWane Foundation Endowed Scholarship, and McWane Foundation Endowed Research Scholarship are available to UHP students who are participating in research or studying abroad, and the McKinley Student Excellence Awards are awarded to students who excel academically after enrolling at UA but who are receiving no other financial assistance (except loans and work-study).
For more information, contact the University Honors Program, The University of Alabama, 286 Nott Hall, Box 870169, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0169; (205) 348-5500; http://uhp.ua.edu.