The Honors College is open to qualified undergraduates pursuing a UWM bachelor's degree. The college offers seminars and individualized instruction in the humanities, arts, social sciences, and natural sciences. It is particularly appropriate for students who want more engaged and writing-intensive studies or who are preparing for graduate, law, medical, or professional school.
Students who complete the Honors curriculum receive the degree designations "Honors Degree" or "Honors with Distinction" on their diplomas and transcripts.
Peter Sands, Director
Laura Blaska, Associate Director
Jill Budny, Assistant Director
Students pursuing their first bachelor's degree can join the Honors College as freshmen, continuing, or transfer students. Freshmen are admitted based upon a holistic review of their UWM application and high school record. Freshmen are automatically considered once they have been admitted to UWM. Selected students are notified by mail.
Continuing UWM and transfer students should have a cumulative GPA equivalent to their academic standing (see Requirements) and have met the University English requirement by testing out of, or receiving a B- or better, in ENGLISH 102. Interested continuing and transfer students should contact the Honors College to schedule an appointment with an Honors advisor to discuss how the curriculum can be integrated into their academic plans.
Continuing in the Honors College
Honors College students must meet the following cumulative GPA/enrollment criteria:
- To continue in the Honors College, students must maintain the following minimum grade point averages for work done at UWM by the beginning of their year in school:
Freshman (after first semester) 3.0
Senior/to graduate with an Honors degree 3.5
- Students admitted as new freshmen who need to complete the University English Requirement must complete Honors 200 in the first semester following their completion of the English Requirement.
- Students who do not take Honors courses for two consecutive semesters will be considered "inactive" and dropped from the Honors College.
Students are encouraged to review the Honors College Handbook for additional information.
Notification of Ineligible Students
At the end of each semester, the Honors College will review students’ academic records to determine whether they meet the criteria for continuation in the program. The Honors College will notify by mail all students who fail to meet these criteria, stating that they no longer are eligible to enroll in Honors classes. If these students already are enrolled in Honors classes for the next semester, they will be dropped administratively.
Regaining Honors College Eligibility
- Students who become ineligible by failing to maintain the minimum grade point average may apply for reinstatement if they subsequently raise their grade point average to the required level.
- Students who become ineligible after two consecutive semesters with no Honors courses may apply for reinstatement.
- In either case, students applying for reinstatement must indicate in writing how they propose to complete Honors requirements before graduation.
Course of Study
Freshmen and sophomores entering the Honors College must complete HONORS 200, earning a grade of B- or better, before taking other honors courses (except for honors calculus, which can be taken concurrently). Following HONORS 200, which may be repeated once with a change in topic, students with sophomore standing or above may take departmental Honors seminars at 3 credits each.
|HONORS 200||Honors Seminar: The Shaping of the Modern Mind:||3|
|MATH 221||Honors Calculus I||5|
|MATH 222||Honors Calculus II||5|
|AFRIC 381||Honors Seminar:||3|
|ANTHRO 381||Honors Seminar:||3|
|ARTHIST 381||Honors Seminar:||3|
|ATM SCI 381||Honors Seminar:||3|
|BIO SCI 380||Honors Seminar:||3|
|CHEM 381||Honors Seminar:||3|
|COMMUN 380||Honors Seminar:||3|
|COMPLIT 381||Honors Seminar:||3|
|ECON 381||Honors Seminar:||3|
|ENGLISH 685||Honors Seminar:||3|
|FRENCH 383||Honors Seminar:||3|
|GEOG 381||Honors Seminar:||3|
|GEO SCI 381||Honors Seminar:||3|
|HIST 398||Honors Seminar:||3|
|HIST 399||Honors Seminar:||3|
|HONORS 350||Honors Seminar in the Humanities:||3|
|HONORS 351||University Honors Seminar in the Social Sciences:||3|
|HONORS 352||Honors Seminar in the Natural Sciences:||3|
|HONORS 380||Honors Seminar in the Arts:||3|
|ITALIAN 383||Honors Seminar:||3|
|MATH 381||Honors Seminar:||3|
|PHILOS 381||Honors Seminar:||3|
|PHYSICS 381||Honors Seminar:||3|
|POL SCI 380||Honors Seminar:||3|
|PSYCH 380||Honors Seminar:||3|
|SOCIOL 380||Honors Seminar:||3|
|URB STD 381||Honors Seminar:||3|
Advanced Independent Study
Independent study courses are offered through the Honors College and through academic departments across campus. Course numbers and prerequisites vary by department.
HONORS 685 Honors Tuorial
HONORS 686 Research in Honors
*HONORS 687 Senior Honors Project
*HONORS 689 Senior Honors Thesis
*Students may not do both a Senior Thesis and a Senior Project.
Courses at the 700 level and above may be counted toward the Honors College graduation requirements. This option normally is open only to seniors in the program who meet the necessary prerequisites. Permission for an Honors student to take a graduate course must be obtained from the instructor of the course, the department chair, the dean of the appropriate school/college, and the Honors College director.
A maximum of 9 Honors credits earned at other universities may be applied to the Honors College graduation requirements with the director’s approval. Honors credits also may be earned through approved Study Abroad Programs.
An Honors Degree requires 21 Honors credits and at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average at graduation. All Honors credits count toward the total credits required for graduation. Students must earn a grade of B- or better to receive Honors credit for a course. At least 12 of the 21 Honors credits must be earned at UWM, with at least 9 credits in upper-level Honors seminars at UWM.
Students who plan to graduate "Honors with Distinction" need to successfully complete one of the following courses for two consecutive semesters, to a total of six credits: HONORS 686 Research in Honors, HONORS 687 Senior Honors Project, or HONORS 689 Senior Honors Thesis.
Graduating with an Honors Degree provides convincing evidence of outstanding academic achievement, a valuable accomplishment students can note on resumes and graduate school applications. The designation of Honors Degree or Honors with Distinction will be listed on both the diploma and final transcript.
The Honors College hosts a graduation ceremony each May at the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts. This event celebrates all Honors College graduates from December, May, and August. Family and friends are welcome to attend. Additional details are available on the Honors College website.