Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016

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Todd Hibbard, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Director, Honors Program
Briggs Building, Room 332
McNichols Campus

Telephone: 313-993-1088
Fax: 313-993-1166
Email: hibbarja@udmercy.edu

The Honors Program at UDM integrates the intellectual, spiritual, ethical and social development of its members by fostering a community of scholarly excellence, encouraging exploration of the larger world beyond the classroom, and promoting compassionate service to society at large and persons in need. The program director and three student Honors deans administer the Honors Program with the advice and consent of the general membership. Each member of the Honors Program must fulfill the Honors curriculum and complete 100 hours of non-paid volunteer service, which is coordinated and tracked through UDM’s Leadership Development Institute.

Honors Program students must fulfill 21 required Honors credits during their university careers by taking:

  • Eighteen (18) hours of Honors courses (one per semester for the first three academic years)
  • Three (3) hours devoted to writing a Senior Thesis or developing a Senior Project under the guidance of a faculty member (this takes place over the course of three or more semesters.)

Membership Requirements - Incoming Freshmen:

  • High school GPA of 3.5 or better.
  • Minimum ACT score of 28 or a minimum SAT score of 1860.
  • Involvement in high school extra-curricular activities.
  • Participation in the Honors Program is by invitation only.

Graduation Requirements

  • Fulfillment of Honors curriculum.
  • Fulfillment of 100 hours total of non-paid volunteer service.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.5 at time of graduation.

Students who complete all the graduation requirements will have the Honors distinction printed on their diplomas and transcripts as part of their degree name when they graduate and will wear golden honors stoles at the commencement ceremony.

Honors Courses
Every semester the University Honors Program offers an array of challenging and stimulating courses taught by the best of a remarkable group of experienced faculty known for its accessibility, its commitment to teaching, and its interest in students’ ultimate academic and professional success.

Honors Study Abroad Option
Members of the University Honors Program may exercise their Honors Study Abroad Option. This option allows members to take an accredited study abroad course in lieu of one (1) required Honors course.

Honors Community
The scholarly excellence of the Honors Program is complimented by a vibrant Honors community. The program is largely run by student deans with the advice and consent of the membership, which meets once a month during each semester to discuss program business. Honors students play an important role in course selection and the organizing of other program events, such as Earth Day, Trivial Pursuit Night, the UDM Ethics Bowl, Diversity Night, DIA and Dinner, Theater in Toronto and various public lectures and forums. Every year the program formally inducts its new members, and members stay in touch through social media and a dedicated university listserve. Honors Program students in good standing have the privilege of using the Gardella Honors House, a quiet study space available 24/7.

For more information about UDM, or to apply online, go to www.udmercy.edu/apply.

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