Missouri State University

Honors College

Accelerated Honors Program

The Accelerated Honors Program (minimum 19 credit hours) is designed for students who enter the Honors College with 30 or more completed credit hours. The program includes a primary emphasis upon the completion of major requirements and the production of a final distinction project in six or fewer semesters.

Students must complete the following requirements:

 A. Completion of one of the following Honors elements:

  1. All first-time in college students, regardless of class standing, must complete UHC 110 Freshman Honors Seminar (2 hours). This course satisfies the University’s First-Year Foundations General Education requirement and must be completed during the first semester of study;
  2. Transfer students and MSU students admitted to the Honors College after completing GEP 101 First-Year Foundations must complete one General Honors course or one Honors Experiential Learning course of their choice.

 B. UHC 397 Honors Colloquia (3 hours);

This course is normally completed during junior year (3-4 semesters prior to graduation). Students select Colloquia from a menu of 6-8 interdisciplinary courses offered each fall and spring. When appropriate, this course may be cross-listed with departmental offerings (e.g. UHC 397/HST 397).

 C. UHC 410 Senior Honors Seminar (3 hours);

This course is normally completed during senior year (1-2 semesters prior to graduation). Students select a Seminar from a menu of 6-8 discipline based courses offered each fall and spring. When appropriate, this course may be cross-listed with departmental offerings (e.g. UHC 410/BIO 494).

 D. Students must complete a minimum of 12 hours of honors course work in their major, including a minimum of 3 hours of UHC 499 Honors Distinction Project. Students may propose appropriate combinations of the following courses:

  1. UHC 396 Honors Independent Study (1-3 hours);
    • This course may stand alone or be combined as a component with an existing major course
      (e.g. PSY 411 + UHC 396 = 4 HONR credits)
  2. UHC 398 Honors Undergraduate Research (1-3 hours);
    • This course may stand alone or be combined as a component with an existing major course
      (e.g. CHM 542 + UHC 398 = 4 HONR credits).
  3. UHC 499 Honors Distinction Project (3-4 hours);
    • This course may stand alone or be cross-listed with departmental offerings when appropriate (e.g. UHC 499/BIO 498).

Students must complete a course and distinction project proposal under the guidance of a faculty member in their major department. The proposal must be approved by the Department Head for the major and by the Director of the Honors College before a student may register for honors course sections. Distinction proposals must be approved prior to the beginning of a student’s senior year.

The Honors Distinction Project must be submitted to the Honors College on the final day of classes prior to a student’s graduation.

 Students who complete all Accelerated Honors Program requirements and earn a final institutional GPA of 3.25 or higher are eligible to graduate from the Honors College after they satisfy all other University degree requirements. Final transcripts and diplomas will include the notation "Bachelor of _______ (with possible grade point honors such as cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude) in the Honors College with Distinction in ­­______."

The following materials are designed to help students to begin planning for their Honors Distinction in the Major Project Proposal:

Accelerated Honors Program Frequently Asked Questions

Distinction in the Major Proposal Form

Distinction in the Major Requirements & Procedures 2013 & Later

Distinction in the Major Research Funding Request Form

Distinction in the Major Self-Reflection Exercise

Distinction in the Major Thinking Paper

Experiential Learning Registration Form