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The University of Arizona Global Campus Honors Program

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Welcome to the Global Campus Honors Program!

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In your new community of academic all-stars, your fellow Honors Program students are also intellectually curious and want to use their knowledge to make the world a better place.

Benefits of the Honors Program

You're now an Honors Student. Enjoy all of the benefits that go with your Honors status.

  • Any time you need help or have questions, you can reach out to your Honors Program support team. Speak directly to a Student Advisor, Financial Aid Advisor, Career & Alumni Advisor, or other support staff.
  • Receive mentorship from a full-time member of the University of Arizona Global Campus faculty. Draw upon your mentor’s knowledge and experience to dig deeper into the topics that interest you. Be on the lookout for more information about your faculty mentor.
  • You have access to Honors Program social platforms. Interact directly with Honors Program faculty, alumni, and your fellow students, and build your network.
    LinkedIn: University of Arizona Global Campus Honors Program
    Facebook: University of Arizona Global Campus - Honors Program group 
  • When you graduate through the Honors Program, your diploma will include an Honors Program designation. Your final official transcript will also note that you graduated through the Honors Program.
  • All Honors Program graduates will be recognized during the University of Arizona Global Campus' commencement.
  • All of your Honors Program classes will be taught by full-time Global Campus faculty. Learn from the experts.
  • Whether or not you’re a student at the Forbes School of Business & TechnologyTM, you now have access to the benefits associated with Global Campus' partnership with Forbes. You can participate in special Forbes events, including the Distinguished Lecturer Series.

Honors Courses

Four key principles: leadership, innovation, global perspective, and civic responsibility.

Whether you’re an Honors Program Fellow taking all six courses or an Honors Program Scholar taking the three upper division courses, you’ll find the curriculum suited to develop the skills you need to be a leader in your career, community, and other aspects of your life.

Thinking Critically about Global Issues

This course teaches critical thinking through a careful study of global issues. Utilizing principles of logic, including analyzing reasoning and assessing sources, students will examine critical issues of our time. Students will engage in individualized and experiential learning, in conjunction with scholarly research, in order to explore relationships between critical thinking and per- sonal responsibility. The course emphasizes self-motivated re- search, with an eye to leadership and problem solving.

Society, Power, and Responsibility

This course will provide students with a foundation for informed and effective civic engagement. Students will assess the civic identities of different cultures, communities, and societies, including their own, evaluating the impacts of various forms of civic engagement. Students will analyze po- litical biases in media, and explain how political policies and discourse impact their lives. Emphasis will be placed on the ways that diverse communities have engaged in various civic processes to create change.

Studies in Culture and Society: Exploring Diverse Perspectives

In this course, students will explore themes of intercultural and global awareness and apply this knowledge to real life situations, both historical and contemporary. Students will analyze diverse modes of cultural expression and experience from multiple perspectives. Students will also examine how cultural biases are created and how these influence both past and current events.

Leadership in the 21st Century

This course is designed for students to acquire leadership skills that will benefit society on a global scale. Students will examine the role of leadership in the context of global and societal issues. Additionally, students will move from theory to the practical processes of leadership in the 21st century, while investigating process and content issues related to team building, interpersonal and group dynamics, and effective problem solving and ethical decision making skills in today’s world. Finally, students will be challenged to assess primary global leadership examples, think critically upon the principles evident in our current leaders, and develop a real-world strat- egy for addressing a relevant societal issue.

Envisioning Innovation and Creativity in the 21st Century

In this course, students will examine the key elements of innovation and creativity in the 21st century. Students will formulate a personal philosophy of creativity and innova- tion, as well as develop an innovation toolbox. In addition, students will propose idea generation techniques meant to stimulate individual or group problem solving approaches. Finally, students will integrate innovation and creativity strategies within individual discipline-specific work.

Honors Program Seminar

The Honors Program Seminar provides students an opportunity for the synthesis and application of content learned throughout their honors coursework though a spiraled process of skill demonstration including reflection, application, and evaluation. Students will use digital tools to create and showcase scholarly artifacts for both academic and professional purposes.

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Dedicated Support

Have questions? You have access to a dedicated phone line only for Honors Program students. Call 800.798.0584 and enter extension 20024.

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does it cost more to be in the Honors Program?

A: There is no cost associated with Honors Program beyond the typical course tuition and fees. However, if you do not have room in your General Education or elective credits to accommodate Honors Program courses, then your overall program length may be increased which would also result in additional tuition and fees. Consult with your Academic Advisor to understand how adding Honors curriculum will impact your program length.

Q: Is it possible to participate in the Honors Program while also being involved in other extracurricular activities and honor societies?

A: Absolutely! The Honors Program values engagement and is organized in a way that invites you to participate fully in the variety of opportunities offered by the University of Arizona Global Campus and the Honors Program.

 

Other Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Once accepted, you must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher to stay in the Honors Program. Should your GPA dip below 3.5, your Academic Advisor will be notified to reach out to intervene.

If your GPA drops below a 3.0, you will be immediately removed from Honors Program. Please note that the monitoring of GPA is dynamic. Unlike SAP review periods, students will be removed from Honors Program if they drop below a 3.0 at any time.

Students removed from Honors Program may reapply once they meet the minimum 3.75 GPA requirement by submitting an Honors Program Reapplication Form which will be available in the Student Portal.

No, you can opt out of the Honors Program at any time while continuing to pursue your Global Campus degree. There is no penalty for withdrawing from the Honors Program, and all completed Honors coursework will be listed on the transcript and count toward your Global Campus degree.

Honors Program courses are not designed to be harder than non-Honors courses. Instead, Honors courses are designed to incorporate different learning experiences, and you may find that they are more interactive than courses outside of the Honors Program. In general, Honors courses emphasize how you think, rather than what you think.

Although Honors Program courses are only open to students in the Honors Program, these courses make up only a portion of your academic credits. All other courses may include non-Honors Program students. As a result, this gives you an opportunity to feel a sense of community with your fellow Honors Program peers, while encouraging a sense of community with peers outside of the Honors Program as well.

The Honors Program curriculum was specifically designed to complement the curriculum for your major. The three lower division courses are designed to satisfy General Education requirements while the three upper division courses are designed to satisfy electives. If, however, you do not have any more electives available or you have fulfilled your General Education requirements already, the Honors Program curriculum could add additional courses to your program. Speak with your Academic Advisor for more information on how Honors Program will fit into your current plan.

Honors Program courses generally have small class sizes and meet in a format that emphasizes discussion and student participation. Honors Program courses also emphasize critical thinking, and there is a great deal of interaction among you and your fellow students and between you and faculty.

Possibly. The three lower division courses are designed to satisfy General Education requirements while the three upper division courses are designed to satisfy electives. How these courses will impact your program length and graduation date depend on the number of courses taken, room available in the electives, and so on. Speak with your Academic Advisor for more information on how Honors Program will fit into your current plan.

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