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HONORS COLLEGE

Dr. Robert W. Halli Jr., Dean
Office: 288 Nott Hall

The Honors College at The University of Alabama is the administrative home for the four University-wide honors programs. These offer the best and brightest students on campus a remarkable array of enriched curricular opportunities through which to hone their academic skills and develop their knowledge as fully as possible. One of the highest priorities of The University of Alabama is to empower its honors students to achieve to the peak of their potential and to be recognized for that achievement.

The Honors College works collaboratively with the schools and colleges in which the undergraduate majors, degrees, and faculty reside. Students need not limit their honors work to one program in the Honors College. Many students are members of two or more of the University-wide honors programs, and many members of those programs are also members of college and department honors programs and of the Blount Undergraduate Initiative in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The Honors College is located in Nott Hall. Our facilities include administrative and faculty offices, a reception lounge, a large student lounge, seminar rooms, a high-tech classroom, a conference room, an Honors College computer lab, and a suite for the Computer-Based Honors Program which contains a separate computer lab. National daily newspapers, magazines, and other publications, including our Handbook of Prestige Scholarships, are available in the lounge.

The Honors College’s living-learning facilities are an important ingredient in the establishment and maintenance of a strong honors community, for they provide the place where honors students hold social and extracurricular intellectual activities and engage in mutual support. The honors residence halls are coeducational and feature faculty in residence in addition to residential assistants. Honors students interested in living in honors housing should contact the Office of Housing and Residential Communities at (205) 348-6676.

Importantly, Honors College students have the highest registration priority. Entering freshmen may sign up for the first two summer orientation sessions on a first come, first served basis, and matriculated honors students enter registration first each semester. In addition to all the honors course notations, Honors College 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 Programs 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 Programs Student Association plays an important part in developing and maintaining support for academic excellence on campus.

For more information, contact the Honors College, The University of Alabama, 288 Nott Hall, Box 870169, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0169; (205) 348-5500; honors.ua.edu.

UNIVERSITY HONORS PROGRAM

Dr. Jacqueline V. Morgan, Director
Office: 291 Nott Hall

Students seeking an enhanced academic curriculum for their undergraduate work can find it in the University Honors Program (UHP). More than 3,000 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 admitted upon receipt of their applications for the University Honors Program. National Merit Finalists, National Achievement Finalists, National Hispanic Scholars, UA Presidential Scholars and Alumni Honors Scholars are also 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 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.

For more information, contact the University Honors Program, The University of Alabama, 291 Nott Hall, Box 870169, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0169; (205) 348-5574; uhp.ua.edu.

COMPUTER-BASED HONORS PROGRAM

Dr. Shane Sharpe, Director
Office: 271 Nott Hall

The Computer-Based Honors Program (CBHP) is designed to provide exceptional, highly motivated students from any academic field the opportunity to conduct scholarly research with top faculty members.

Students are accepted in this program at the beginning of the freshman year and learn to use computers by taking CBH 101 and CBH 102, 4-hour courses designed to immerse students into the fundamentals of computing and project management. During their second, third, and fourth years at the University, students select research projects and serve as research assistants to faculty project sponsors by applying their computer skills to research projects. They receive 3 hours of credit each semester for this research work and meet once a week to discuss research methods and issues, report on project status and present details of their project to diverse audiences.

A number of full- or partial-tuition fellowships are available to selected students in the program, who are chosen during their senior year in high school. The Computer-Based Honors Program is a suitable minor for students enrolled in all undergraduate degree-granting colleges on campus.

Computer-Based Honors Scholarship. Recipients chosen from students who demonstrate high academic potential as indicated by high-school grades (average 3.9 GPA on a 4.0 scale) and standardized test scores (average 32 ACT, 1350 SAT). Entering freshmen are given priority consideration.

Jerry C. Pruett Memorial Endowed Scholarship. Awarded to an outstanding student in the Computer-Based Honors Program who has completed CBH 101 and CBH 102 or the equivalent and who has not previously been awarded any CBHP scholarship support.

Henry Pettus Randall Jr. Scholarship. Awarded to an outstanding junior in the Computer-Based Honors Program who has conducted exemplary research.

Dr. Charles L. Seebeck Memorial Endowed Scholarship. Recipients chosen from students who demonstrate high academic potential as indicated by high-school grades (average 3.9 GPA on a 4.0 scale) and standardized test scores (average 32 ACT, 1400 SAT). Entering freshmen are given priority consideration.

Students needing more information about or applying for admission into the Computer-Based Honors Program should go to cbhp.ua.edu or write to The University of Alabama, Director of the Computer-Based Honors Program, Box 870169, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0169.

The following courses are open only to students enrolled in the Computer-Based Honors Program: CBH 101 and CBH 102 Freshman Seminar; CBH 201 and CBH 202 Sophomore Seminar; CBH 301 and CBH 302 Junior Seminar; and CBH 451 and CBH 452 Senior Seminar. CBH 101 and CBH 102 carry credit toward fulfilling the requirements of the University Honors Program, and CBH 201 and CBH 202 carry the core curriculum designation C.

INTERNATIONAL HONORS PROGRAM

Dr. Fran Oneal, Director
Office: 275 Nott Hall

Established by The University of Alabama in 1997 for undergraduates in all divisions of The University of Alabama, the International Honors Program (IHP) recognizes the importance of international education as preparation for life and work in the 21st century. IHP combines the acquisition of knowledge of foreign countries and cultures with language study and overseas travel. IHP does not constitute a major or minor; participants must major or minor in established departments. Successful completion of the program will be designated on each student’s transcript and diploma as “International Honors” upon graduation.

Admission to IHP requires normal undergraduate admission to The University of Alabama and also an application for acceptance to IHP. To be admitted to IHP, an entering freshman must have an ACT score of at least 28 or an SAT score of at least 1240. National Merit Finalists, National Achievement Finalists, National Hispanic Scholars, UA Presidential Scholars, and Alumni Honors Scholars will also be admitted upon application to the IHP. Students who do not qualify for immediate admission to the program may apply for admission after completing one semester’s coursework with a 3.0 GPA.

IHP coursework involves one 3-hour IHP seminar, 12 hours of foreign language study, and 6 hours of upper-level courses with significant international content taken in any department; students complete an additional project in the upper-level courses. Each IHP student must spend a minimum of 10 weeks overseas engaged in a study abroad program, research, or an internship/cooperative work experience. At least 6 hours’ credit must be earned overseas. Continuing participation in the program requires a minimum 3.0 GPA.

William G. Cox International Travel Funds, McWane Endowed Scholarships, and Yeilding International Travel Funds are available to IHP students.

For more information, contact The University of Alabama, International Honors Program, Box 870169, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0169; 275 Nott Hall; (205) 348-5554; ihp.ua.edu.

UNIVERSITY FELLOWS EXPERIENCE

Dr. Jacqueline V. Morgan, Director
Office: 291 Nott Hall

Following the classical purpose of education, the production of good citizens, the University Fellows Experience strives to prepare the most able and dedicated students at The University of Alabama for remarkable lives of leadership in and service to their community, state, nation, and world.

Chief components of the University Fellows Experience include mentoring by top University of Alabama faculty members; a team-built atmosphere of support and stimulation; interaction with cutting-edge experts in all fields; engagement in important cultural, social, and scientific enterprises; service to the community; a professional internship in the area of each student’s interest; assistance in applying and competing for career positions, prestige scholarships, and graduate and professional schools; and substantial scholarship support (only University Fellows are eligible to interview for the major scholarships formerly labeled as “Tier One” or “Academic Elite”).

Acceptance into the UFE is extremely competitive. A student with an ACT score of 32 or an SAT score of 1400 (verbal and quantitative) and a high school GPA of 3.8 who is accepted into UA by the scholarship deadline of December 1 will be invited to apply for the UFE. A student eligible for the University Honors Program (ACT of 28 or SAT of 1240) may be nominated for the University Fellows Experience by a high school counselor or a UA faculty or staff member. The UFE selection committee will consider a candidate’s records of academic, extracurricular, service, and leadership achievements more heavily than grades and test scores. It is expected that the University Fellows will win Prestige Scholarships, such as the Truman or Rhodes and major national and international awards, and that, throughout their lives, they will make a difference for the good, again and again.

For more information, contact The University of Alabama, University Fellows Experience, Box 870169, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0169; 291 Nott Hall; (205) 348-5574; universityfellows.ua.edu.

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