Honors Program

About

Available Options

  • University Honors

    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 a host of additional benefits such as priority registration, personalized advising, special opportunities, and access to the Honors College suite comprised of a private study lounge, dedicated computer facilities, conference room plus faculty and staff offices.

  • Research and Creative Honors

    The Research and Creative Honors Program (RH) is designed to provide high-achieving students with an opportunity to complete a senior thesis/project while also taking upper-division Honors seminars. This program is particularly suitable for transfer students, as well as for continuing UNLV students who have completed the bulk of their general education courses. University Honors students may choose to complete RH and graduate with two honors distinctions.

Accreditation

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Learning Outcomes

University Honors

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.

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.)
Research and Creative Honors

The primary goal of the Research and Creative Honors program is to provide students with the opportunity to complete a major research project or creative work (Honors Thesis) under the supervision of excellent faculty in their major. This program is open to both University Honors students and other qualified and highly motivated undergraduate students who have completed their general education requirements outside of the Honors College. In addition to the thesis, students also complete a set of challenging interdisciplinary seminars with a special emphasis on written and oral communication.

After completing the upper division Honors seminars as part of the Department 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.)

After completing the Honors Thesis (in collaboration with faculty advisors), students will be able to:

  • Formulate a plan of action for engaging in an intensive research experience: crafting a research question, conducting a literature review, developing a hypothesis, determining the appropriate methodology to best address the research question
  • Conduct research to determine whether the hypothesis is supported or not by analyzing data (quantitative or qualitative)
  • Interpret the meaning and applicability of results
  • Produce an original creative work or thesis that demonstrate all the learning outcomes

Career Possibilities

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Honors College Advising Center

Honors Academic Advisors understand the unique perspectives, challenges, and stresses of high-achieving students. But we do much more than check boxes on a degree worksheet; our goal is to help you design the life you want by guiding you toward all the tools and experiences you need.

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Honors College

The Honors College is a selective college within the university that offers an exceptional undergraduate core experience for highly motivated students. Honors College is an educational partner with the "discipline" colleges of the university in which Honors students pursue their academic majors.

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