In addition to the high quality of instruction that students gain in their regular course work, Honors sections of many core courses have been developed in the General Education area. Being designated an Honors section of a course implies that the course work is not only more advanced, but also more in-depth.
The heart of the Honors Program is the colloquium concept which is designed to improve students' communication skills, both oral and written. Using this concept, the university is able to meet the needs of it academically talented students.
A program of cultural and social activities is provided for Honors students. These activities may include field trips, plays, concerts, tours, and workshops. They are intended to increase student interest and to improve the retention rate among Honors students.
The university provides means for the students to receive sufficient incentives, in order that they may fulfill their potential, by providing adequate recognition of outstanding student accomplishments. To ensure that adequate recognition is given to these students, the Honors Program will (1) award a certificate of participation as students successfully complete each year in the Program, (2) institute a structured series of forums under the aegis of the Honors Program, (3) initiate an Honors Newsletter/Art Magazine, (4) identify Honors students at graduation by a specific visual symbol, and (5) record "Honors Program Graduate" on the diploma and on the transcripts of students who successfully complete the Honors requirements.
The Honors Program sponsors a peer tutoring Program in which upper-division Honors students in the core courses in the General Education area and in the major disciplines.
The Honors Program sponsors a Junior Mentor program that allows juniors to serve as ombudsmen to freshman Honors students.
The Honors Program sponsors debate teams to enhance student opportunities to think critically and to solve problems.