Honors Program

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University Honors Program: An Overview

May ’15: Honors Undergraduate Conference

The University Honors Program is home to a community of students, faculty, and staff dedicated to academic excellence, artistic creativity, and intellectual curiosity. Members of the Honors Program share a passion for learning, pursue knowledge across disciplinary boundaries, and seek out engaging experiences that complement their education. Students and faculty in the
program are committed to improving themselves, the lives of others, and the state of our world. They study the important issues facing our society and seek innovative solutions to the problems they encounter.



Program Requirements & Course Offerings

  • To be eligible to take an Honors course in your first semester freshman year, you must meet the following criteria:

    • cumulative high school GPA must be 3.80 or higher


    • cumulative high school GPA must be 3.50 or higherAND combined SAT scores must be 1200 or higher in Critical Reading and Mathematics (or must have ACT equivalent score of 27).

    To be eligible for continued participation in the Honors Program:

    Students who begin their studies at URI in the fall of 2015 or later must maintain a cumulative 3.40 or higher GPA.

    Students who began their studies in the fall of 2014 or earlier must maintain a cumulative 3.30 or higher GPA.

  • What are Honors Courses?

    Honors Program courses emphasize enriched rather than accelerated learning, adding dimension and depth to the subject at hand. They stress dialogue and active learning and are limited to 15 students at the upper levels and 20 students at the introductory levels. The result is closer classroom interaction and greater intellectual and emotional investment. Honors classes are offered at all levels of the curriculum, from 100-level to 400-level.

    Who can register?

    • 100- or 200-level Honors courses:
      Entering freshmen who meet the Honors eligibility criteria.
      Current/continuing students earn a cumulative GPA of 3.40 or higher at URI.*
    • Honors Colloquium (HPR 201 or 202):
      Sophomores, juniors and seniors who have completed at least one Honors course and have a cumulative URI GPA of 3.40 or higher.*
    • 300 or 400-level Honors courses:
      Sophomores, juniors and seniors with a cumulative URI GPA of 3.40 or higher.*
      Freshmen interested in an Honors upper level course in their second semester should contact an Honors staff member to discuss. Enrollment will be conditional upon earning a GPA of 3.40 or higher in their first semester.*
    • HPR 411 or 412 courses:
      Second-semester juniors and seniors with a cumulative URI GPA of 3.40 or higher.*
    • Honors Project (HPR 401 or 402):
      Students typically complete their Honors Project over one or two semesters as seniors, but can also request approval to complete their project in an earlier year. Students interested in completing an Honors Project should contact Prof. Carolyn Hames at chames@uri.edu.

    *Note: Students who entered the University before Fall 2014 require a GPA of 3.30 to be eligible for Honors courses and to complete the University Honors Program.

    How to find Honors courses on e-Campus:

    • Go to “Class Search”
    • Click on “Additional Search Criteria”
    • Type “honors” in the field “Course Keyword”

    This will produce a list of all honors courses offered, in alphabetical order from ARH to WRT.

  • ALL students, in order to receive a notation on their transcripts stating they have “completed the University Honors Program,” must take at least 18 credits in Honors Program courses. Honors Program credits must include:

    • One (1) Honors course at the 100/200 level;
    • One (1) Honors Colloquium—eitherHPR 201 or HPR 202;
    • One (1) Honors course at the 300/400 level;
    • One (1) Honors project—HPR 401;
    • One (1) Honors course at the 400-level, either HPR 411 or HPR 412 OR one (1) Honors project—HPR 402 (HPR 402 is for those students who choose to do a six-credit, full academic year Honors Project); and
    • One (1) elective honors course at any level.

    All graduating students who have completed the University Honors Program are recognized at the annual Honors Undergraduate Conference in May.

  • Spring 2016 courses

    Last updated: 10/2/2015

    URI Honors student Janelle Amoako (Nursing '15)) discussing her project: “Embracing the asset of cultural identity of URI nursing students” at the 2015 Honors Undergraduate Conference.

    URI Honors student Janelle Amoako (Nursing ’15) discussing her Honors project: “Embracing the asset of cultural identity of URI nursing students” at the 2015 URI Honors Undergraduate Conference.


More Information: Honors Project

The Honors Project offers students the opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty mentor on a research and creative endeavor of mutual interest. This arrangement fosters intellectual growth and provides the capstone experience for students completing the Honors Program requirements. Students present their completed projects at the annual Honors Undergraduate Conference. For students graduating in December, special arrangements are made to give them an opportunity to present their projects. Grant funding for projects is available through the Honors Program and Office of the Provost on a competitive basis and for selected topic areas.

URI Honors student Kevin Pajaro (Communication Studies ’15) shares his project: “Understanding the construction of difference: Cultural competency as a tool of consciousness and social justice” during Honors Undergraduate Conference, May ’15.

For their Honors Projects, students have produced videos; mounted photography, sculpture, and art exhibits; written poetry manuscripts, novellas, and scientific papers; designed an aerodynamically advanced golf putter; practiced nursing in the Dominican Republic; done field research in California and explored topics from cultural competency in the classroom to the unsolved mystery of the yawn. A complete description of the project requirements can be found in the Honors Project Handbook. Search through URI’s Digital Commons for previous Honors undergraduates’ abstracts, written reports, and projects for ideas and inspiration!

Before you can start working on your Honors Project, you must download, complete, and submit a hard copy of the Honors Project Proposal and Application Form (.pdf) to the Honors Program Office in Lippitt Hall, Room 300. You can also find information on funding for your project. If you will have human subjects in your Honors project, you will need to fill out the Information on Institutional Review Board.


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