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Honors at UASHonors at UAS

The UAS Honors Program offers students enhanced educational and leadership opportunities by taking advantage of the incomparable cultural and environmental opportunities that our university provides. The unique environmental and cultural histories of Southeast Alaska situate UAS within unparalleled horizons shaped by the region’s distinctive local, state, national, and global relations. From this vantage, the UAS Honors Program offers exceptional students enriched opportunities to design their academic work in edifying and meaningful ways in order to fulfill their highest potential.

The UAS Honors Program aims to bring a combination of both breadth and depth to students’ academic work. In order to promote an engaged scholarship that blends the demands of academic rigor with a critical concern for cultural diversity, and in order to accommodate the diverse student populations and degree programs at UAS, the Honors Program combines two sets of requirements: (1) “Honors Program Core Requirements,” which are universal and required by everyone, and (2) “Honors Program Track Requirements,” which can be customized to meet different student interests and needs.

The “Core Requirements” are designed to engender a broad, supportive environment that allows Honors students to work and study as a cohort. Moreover, the “Core Requirements” are designed to help students develop important cultural competencies by celebrating indigenous and international cultures and languages. As such, the “Core Requirements” not only create a standard of academic excellence across the university, but they bring this excellence of study to bear on broader community and global concerns.

At the same time, the UAS Honors Program respects the diversity of student interests and degree programs by offering a flexible curriculum that allows students to select the most appropriate of available curricular Honors tracks for their study. Currently, there are two available tracks: the Humanities and Liberal Arts Track and the Social Sciences Track.

For information on program requirements, contact UAS Honors Program coordinator, Sol Neely.

Students who participate in the UAS Honors Program gain access to important supporting services such as personalized academic advising and mentoring, priority enrollment, resource and scholarship opportunities, and community involvement with a cohort of peers committed to academic excellence. With access to such resources, students in the UAS Honors Program develop a competitive edge for pursuing career options beyond the baccalaureate, including gaining admission to quality graduate and professional programs across the nation.

The UAS Honors Program offers motivated and outstanding students the opportunity to learn in uplifting and diverse scholarly environments both inside and outside the classroom. Beginning with the UAS Honors Orientation Seminar (HNRS 201), students in the program develop a supportive relationship with a cohort of peers. Additionally, the UAS Honors Program connects exceptional students with expert faculty for focus-driven independent research and robust creative expression. Beyond formal academics, Honors students cultivate enriching life-long learning experiences by studying world languages or participating in the International Study Abroad program.

The UAS Honors Program provides diverse ways for students to engage their communities and the world through their studies. By participating in independent research, service learning, or other community service opportunities outside of the classroom, Honors students continually work to build professional confidence and cultivate civic responsibility. Learning through engagement gives Honors students an added advantage when applying for graduate school or designing a fulfilling professional career.

By promoting engaged learning, the UAS Honors Program gives students matchless opportunities to achieve their highest potential. Toward this end, the program is designed to help students develop important leadership skills in order to prepare them for life beyond the rigorous demands of a university education. Through a program that combines study, service, and cultural awareness, the UAS Honors Program is committed to helping students gain the competencies necessary to stay engaged with local, national, and global affairs in a rapidly changing world.

Students enrolled in participating programs, including distance delivered programs, are eligible to participate in the UAS Honors Program. Interested students should first make an appointment with the Honors Program Coordinator to determine which programs participate in the UAS Honors Program. Students enrolled in participating programs should then declare intent and register in the Fall Honors Orientation Seminar. Students who fulfill the requirements of the Honors program will graduate with the distinction in cursu honorum. Honors Students are required to maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA.
All students who wish to take advantage of what the UAS honors program has to offer will first make an appointment with the program coordinator and submit a declaration of intent. The declaration of intent allows students to “enroll” within the program without undergoing the selection of a rigorous application process, which would (a) require a burdensome time and resources from faculty and (b) risk engendering a too-selective process at the detriment of a robust and diverse student enrollment.