Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

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The University Honors Program (UHP) at University of Detroit Mercy 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 directors administer UHP with the advice and consent of the Honors Leadership Council, the general student membership of the program. Each member of UHP must fulfill the Honors curriculum and complete 125 hours of community-engaged service as members of UDM's Emerging Leaders Program.

University Honors Program students must fulfill 22 required Honors credits during their university careers by taking:

  • University Honors Freshman Seminar (HON 1000) (Fall semester, freshman year)
  • 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 University Honors Program is by invitation only

Graduation Requirements

  • Fulfillment of University Honors curriculum
  • Fulfillment of 125 hours total of community-engaged 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
UHP students take six Honors courses taught by outstanding faculty members who are committed to students’ academic, personal and professional success. In their junior and senior year, UHP students write an Honors Thesis in the discipline of their choice under the guidance and mentorship of a faculty thesis advisor.

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 University Honors Program is complemented by a vibrant Honors community. All members of UHP are also members of the Honors Leadership Council, which plays an active role in planning the program. The Council meets regularly throughout the academic year to help plan social events, lectures, forums and film nights. Members of the University Honors Program in good standing have the privilege of using the Gardella Honors House, a quiet study space available 24/7.

Program Contact Information

Mary-Catherine Harrison, Ph.D.
Program Co-Director
Briggs Building, Room 218
McNichols Campus
Phone: (313) 993-1081
Fax: (313) 993-1166
E-Mail: mc.harrison@udmercy.edu
    Todd Hibbard, Ph.D.
Program Co-Director
Briggs Building, Room 332
McNichols Campus
Phone: (313) 993-1088
Fax: (313) 993-1166
E-Mail: hibbarja@udmercy.edu

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

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