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University Honors Program

The University Honors Program is designed to complement and enhance every major at UNLV and is an excellent alternative to UNLV’s general education core requirements. This program is primarily designed for incoming freshmen but can accommodate transfer and continuing students.  Transfer and continuing students should schedule an appointment with an Honors College advisor to ensure eligibility and appropriateness.

The Honors College core curriculum delivers a liberal arts/sciences core through specially designed courses available only to Honors College students.   Small class sizes allow more time and opportunity for thought-provoking discussion and increased interaction with select faculty drawn from across the University.  Honors College students enjoy additional benefits such as priority registration, personalized advising, and access to the Honors College suite comprised of a private study lounge, dedicated computer facilities, conference room and staff offices.

University Honors Program Learning Objectives

The primary goals of the University Honors program are to provide qualified and highly motivated undergraduate students with intellectual opportunities beyond those normally found in the lecture halls of a large university:  smaller and enriched classes, direct and personal contact with top faculty members, a challenging and interdisciplinary core curriculum with a special emphasis on written and oral communication, and a learning community that rewards and encourages students to strive for excellence, regardless of their discipline major.

Learning Objectives

After completing the lower division Honors courses in the University Honors Program, students will be able to

  • Read critically
  • Write with focus, clear purpose and the effective use of surface features (syntax, grammar, punctuation, and spelling)
  • Respond to needs of different audiences and to different kinds of rhetorical situations
  • Organize ideas for clarity and effectiveness
  • Develop good arguments and learn to recognize fallacious arguments
  • Design and implement appropriate research strategies and evaluate research sources.
  • Analyze communication situations, audiences, and purposes 
  • Demonstrate strong presentation skills
  • Become more artful producers and more conscientious consumers of public discourse 
  • Articulate clearly (orally and in writing) an understanding of issues, theories, events and ideas
  • Apply articulation and critical thinking skills in a variety of disciplinary contexts
  • Analyze a broad range of information in order to determine which source is most credible, what evidence is used to make it credible and how it compares with other information
  • Synthesize information from a variety of sources and disciplines in order to find common interdisciplinary themes and/or contradictions
  • Apply analysis and synthesis skills in smaller creative and/or research processes (research papers, critical essays, etc.)

After completing the upper division Honors seminars in the University Honors Program, students will be able to:

  • Analyze a broad range of information in order to determine which source is most credible, what evidence is used to make it credible and how it compares with other information
  • Synthesize information from a variety of sources and disciplines in order to find common themes and/or contradictions
  • Articulate clearly (orally and in writing) an understanding of issues, theories, events and ideas
  • Apply these analysis, synthesis and articulation skills in small creative and/or research processes (research papers, critical essays, etc.)

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