The University of Iowa Honors Program will implement significant changes to honors curriculum requirements, effective Fall 2013, and also require all honors students to accept a formal invitation to participate and then attend a comprehensive honors orientation.
The first 12 hours of the curriculum, the honors foundation or core, requires completion within the first four semesters and allows only one honors contract course to be counted toward the core requirement. The emphasis is “building knowledge” in this first half of the curriculum. All honors students must take at least one honors course in their first semester.
The second half, at least another 12 hours, is more experiential in its focus. Honors students will have several ways to meet these requirements:
i. Honors in the major (completely satisfies the second level requirement), which typically includes a thesis;
ii. Mentored research (12 semester hours or the equivalent);
iii. Study abroad for a minimum of two semesters (fall and/or spring) or the equivalent;
- Single semesters of study abroad, including summer and between-semester experiences, may count for up to half of the second level requirement
- Requires students to conduct/carry out an independent project while abroad and to submit a report on the project
iv. Internships may count for up to half (6 semester hours) of the second level requirement;
- In some cases, e.g. Engineering and Business, internships may count for the entire requirement (12 semester hours or the equivalent)
- Requires students to conduct/carry out an independent project while interning and to submit a report on the project.
v. Honors coursework (including graduate course work) may count for up to 6 semester hours.
Students who complete the new curriculum will be eligible to graduate with university honors, a distinction that entitles them to recognition at commencement and formal notation on their transcripts and diplomas.