To be invited to participate in the program, you must meet the following requirements:
- Entering freshmen: ACT composite score of 28 or higher
- Entering transfer students: minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 (A=4 points) on at least 12 graded semester credits
- Continuing students: minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 on at least 12 graded semester credits
The requirements to participate in the honors program include:
- Maintaining a 3.50 cumulative grade point average throughout program and upon graduation
- Completing two semesters of honors practicum experience
- Completing a two- to three-credit independent study honors project
See the College of Human Ecology Honors Program Requirements (pdf) for additional details.
University Honors Program students who are in the College of Human Ecology are required to complete two semesters of practicum in research, teaching, extension, or administration. This practicum experience is designed to help students learn more about possible options for honors projects. When designed with career plans in mind, this experience can also be an excellent opportunity to prepare students for graduate or professional school. Students should register for DHE 102, contract with a faculty member or administrator, and work with the honors program coordinator to document the experience.
Students will be asked to complete 30 hours each of the two semesters, which is equivalent to about two hours a week. Students may be involved in the same practicum experience across both semesters or may participate in different experiences each semester. Students may or may not be paid or receive academic credit for practicum experiences, depending upon their need for academic credit and faculty/administrators' access to funding.
The course catalog description follows:
DHE 102 Honors Practicum in Research, Teaching, Administration, or Extension (0-1)
Involvement with research, teaching, administration, or extension to learn scholarship skills that prepare students to perform tasks in academia. Pr.: College of Human Ecology Honors Program Member and Consent of Honors Program Director.
Examples of Acceptable Practicum Experiences
Examples of service-learning activities include, assisting faculty/administrators in:
- Conducting literature reviews and library searches
- Collecting data or working in the laboratory
- Entering data
- Analyzing data
- Writing research reports
- Managing classes, especially large sections classes
- Grading some assignments
- Delivering an online course
- Being a peer mentor in a course
- Writing newsletter entries or brochures for the public
- Creating extension programs
- Delivering extension programs
- Evaluating extension programs
- Web development
- Performing administrative responsibilities
- Fundraising efforts
- Marketing and public relations initiatives for the college