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University Honors Program requirements – beginning fall 2015

The University Honors Program is designed for our most motivated, intellectually curious students. All Honors students complete the program throughout the course of the undergraduate studies, taking on challenging opportunities – inside and outside the classroom – in addition to their core curriculum.

During their third and fourth years, students who wish to pursue Honors with Distinction may develop their own significant Honors Project. Through these Honors Projects, students explore their own personal and professional goals, and formulate original, intensive projects that push their learning and development.

Honors Experience Requirements

Honors students are able to select from pre-approved Honors courses, or petition out-of-class learning experiences to count as "Honors Experiences".


All Honors students complete eight total Honors Experiences during their undergraduate studies
  • Two Honors courses
  • Two Honors Course Extensions
  • Four additional Honors Experiences*, chosen by the student

*Examples of Honors Experiences

  • University Honors courses (we offer over 75 Honors courses each semester)
  • Course Extensions of regularly offered courses (these allow Honors student to develop, with faculty mentorship, a project that digs deeper into the content of a regularly offered Miami course)
  • Independent research
  • Study abroad
  • Internships and pre-professional learning opportunities
  • Significant community service, creative, teaching, or leadership projects


Students may elect to pursue Advanced University Honors during their third and fourth years.
  1. Advanced Honors Experience #1
  2. Advanced Honors Experience #2

Fall 2015 Honors Course Experiences

To see a list of example Honors courses from Fall 2015, please click HERE.

Winter 2016 Honors Course Experiences

To see a list of example Honors courses from Winter 2016, please click HERE.

Our Philosophy

Our goal is to develop leaders and scholars who are well-prepared to tackle the intellectual, cultural and social challenges of the 21st century. Increasingly, students are being asked to possess high-level skills and abilities upon graduation that are not obtained solely in a classroom setting. By asking students to go beyond simply completing coursework, our program seeks to help our students set themselves apart from other graduates.

By the time our students graduate, we want them to be able to take ownership of their lives and responsibility for their continued growth and learning. This goes beyond checking off a list of requirements. We believe that the key to developing successful future leaders is challenging students to become actively involved in their education, make purposeful decisions, and chart their own educational journey.

Our focus is on ensuring that our students develop fully in these pursuits. Working with an honors adviser, honors students construct their own list of Honors Experiences, leading them to achieve advanced knowledge, skills, and values in their chosen field.

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