Benefits of the Honors Program
Honors Program students will have access to Honors Program exclusive curriculum designed to enhance the chosen program of study. Students will have an opportunity to learn amongst the highest achieving students at Global Campus. Honors Program Courses are small discussion-based classes that focus on topics related to the Honors Program vision and mission.
- Additionally, Honors Program students will have access to exclusive benefits and opportunities to help foster their continued success and achievement. 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 the exclusive Honors Program Learning Community within Canvas. Interact directly with Honors Program faculty, alumni, and your fellow students, and build your network.
- 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 and Technology®, 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.
Four key principles: leadership, innovation, global perspective, and civic responsibility.
Honors Program Requirements (10 credits)
Students will take three Honors Program courses and complete one required elective credit listed below in addition to their chosen program of study.
- HON 270 Thinking Critically about Global Issues (3 credits)
- HON 280 Society, Power, and Responsibility (3 credits)
- HON 490 Honors Program Seminar (3 credits)
- 1 Required Elective Credit to be earned through Prior Learning Assessment*.
*Students are required to complete and document 15 hours of Honors Program approved co-curricular engagement activities for which they will be awarded 1 UAGC credit hour at no cost.
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 3.0 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 two lower division courses are designed to satisfy General Education requirements while HON 490 is designed to satisfy electives. If, 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. 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.