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2013-2014 Catalog 
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Honors Program

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Director: Judy Elsley (801) 626-6186
Student Advisor: Marilyn Diamond (801) 626-7336
Location: Library, Room 225
Internet Address:

Mission Statement

The Weber State University Honors Program aims to provide students with an enriched program of study through:

  • small, challenging, and creative classes, many of which fulfill General Education requirements;
  • a stimulating and supportive learning environment, both in classes and in the Honors Center;
  • opportunities to examine one’s own perspective in the light of differing values or points of view;
  • an integrative approach to education, connecting disciplines and ideas;
  • the availability of departmental Honors with most departments on campus.

Students who earn Honors will be well prepared for professional life and/or graduate school after Weber.

Entrance Requirements

A student may make application for entrance into the Honors Program at any time after formal acceptance by the Weber State Admissions Office. However, in order to take advantage of the many options available, early entrance is  recommended. An application form is available in the Honors Center or on the Internet at For entrance requirements please see the Honors Handbook located on the Honors Web site.

Retention Standards for the Honors Program

To continue in good standing in the Honors Program, students must maintain a cumulative 3.5 GPA and take an Honors class at least every semester until their general education requirements are completed; thereafter students will take at least one course every other semester. In order to be awarded an Honors designation, students must earn a 3.5 GPA in General Honors and an overall GPA of 3.5 for University Honors. For Departmental Honors requirements, check with the individual department or come to the Honors Center. The progress of Honors students is reviewed each semester.

The Honors Designations

There are three Honors designations in the Honors Program: University Honors, Departmental Honors, and General Honors.

  • General Honors is available to students completing the requirements for an associate’s degree and successfully completing 12 credit hours of Honors courses.
  • Departmental Honors is available to students majoring in departments with designated Departmental Honors options. Please see the major department’s Honors requirements in the WSU Catalog or come to the Honors Center, Library 225.
  • University Honors is available to:
    1. students earning a bachelor’s degree
    2. students who have completed 24 hours of Honors courses and fulfilled the Honors Program core requirements (see University Honors Core Requirements below)

Students entering the Honors Program as Freshmen or Sophomores usually elect to graduate with University Honors after completing their associate degree with General Honors. Students entering the Honors Program as Juniors or Seniors usually elect to graduate with Departmental Honors. Students may elect to graduate with only one of the three Honors designations, or they may elect to graduate with all or a combination of Honors designations: General Honors, University Honors and Departmental Honors.

Official recognition for the completion of an Honors designation will be made on the graduating Honors student’s transcript and diploma and will also be entered into the university’s graduation program. In the event a student completes Departmental Honors in more than one department, notation of each will be made on the transcript.

BIS Honors Emphasis is also available to students who elect to graduate with a BIS degree. A student may design an individualized Honors curriculum to be used as one of the three areas of emphasis for the Bachelor of Integrated Studies degree. For information consult the BIS office.

University Honors Core Requirements

In addition, the following courses are required:


Students may register for HNRS 4830  Directed Readings as preparation for Senior Project

Students may need additional Honors credit hours to reach the 24 required hours for the University Honors designation.

See the Honors Handbook for suggested course sequence. The Honors Handbook is on the web at:

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