Goals for Honors Students

The Guide to the GOALS may help you apply these GOALS to your own undergraduate experience.

Global Awareness

Honors students will examine what it means to be global citizens and will cultivate and develop their appreciation for diversity and each individual's unique differences.  Students will examine the world's complex, interdependent systems, as well as their own cultural backgrounds.

  • Students will undertake a broad program of study, including course work designed to extend their intercultural knowledge and cultivate a global perspective, to create a solid intellectual foundation.
  • Students will integrate experiences with an international focus, such as study abroad, involvement in an organization that addresses international issues, and interaction with international students, into their learning.

Original Inquiry

Honors students will understand the research process by engaging in experiences ranging from in-class scholarly endeavors to creative inquiry projects to independent experiences with top researchers across campus and in the global community.

  • Students will be able to connect and apply classroom learning to real-world issues or problems in their fields of study.
  • Students will engage in and contribute to research or creative works and/or pursue advanced coursework that explores the frontiers of new knowledge in their fields of study.

Academic Enrichment

Honors students will pursue academic excellence both in and out of the classroom.  Students will use the Honors Contract to construct purposeful and intellectually stimulating programs of study. 

  • Students will delve deeply into a subject through rigorous (e.g., honors, upper-level, or graduate-level) course work in the major.
  • Students will undertake a broad program of study that emphasizes strong (e.g., honors, upper-level, or graduate-level) course work from multiple disciplines.
  • Students will be able to articulate the relationship between their studies and future aspirations.
  • Students will maintain exceptional levels of performance in their academic endeavors.

Leadership Development

Honors students will build on their educational experiences to become leaders in society and the world.  Students will pursue co-curricular activities that allow the students to cultivate leadership skills and competencies.

  • Students will be able to show a record of meaningful and relevant leadership experiences that could range from small opportunities to larger, community-based projects.
  • Students will seek and apply for grants and awards that demonstrate achievements and facilitate the students’ ongoing development.

Service Engagement

Honors students will build on their educational experiences to serve society and the world.  Students will pursue service-oriented activities that are socially beneficial to the community and that contribute to the students’ own learning and development.

  • Students will participate in service/volunteer activities.
  • Students will be able to connect service/volunteer activities to real-world issues or problems in their fields of study.
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