348 Administrative Center
5115 Oak Street
Kansas City, MO 64112
(816) 235-2182
Fax: (816) 235-5509
http://cas.umkc.edu/honors

Dean:
James McKusick, Ph.D.
Professor of English
(816) 235-2181
mckusickj@umkc.edu

Director:
Gayle Levy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of French
(816) 235-2820
levyg@umkc.edu

Associate Director:
John Herron, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History
(816) 235-2546
herronj@umkc.edu

Honors College Description

The UMKC Honors College seeks to attract exceptionally motivated and academically talented undergraduates from every school and college at the University to participate in an environment that encourages excellence and challenges students to realize their greatest potential.

The UMKC Honors College is designed to enrich the college experience of the most outstanding students through the integration of traditional and novel approaches to learning from the behavioral and social sciences, the humanities, the hard sciences and other divisions of the University.

Honors Credit

In order to accomplish these goals, all honors students have the opportunity to enroll in honors seminars and a weekly interdisciplinary Colloquium taught by some of the best faculty on campus. Colloquium allows honors students to meet on a regular basis to discuss and debate important issues.  Students follow a different theme each semester, selected based on faculty and student interests.  In Colloquium, all the honors students, freshmen and seniors alike, meet with UMKC faculty and distinguished guest lecturers to study and discuss subjects ranging from the environment to religion, from the fine arts to sports.

Honors credit may also be received from:

  • Specially designed honors seminars
  • Independent study
  • Undergraduate research
  • Honors contracts
  • Honors discussion groups
  • Senior Honors Thesis
  • Study Abroad

Honors students are encouraged and supported in the conduct of research and the publication and presentation of their work regionally and nationally. As seniors, honors students have the option to complete a six-credit-hour project, the Senior Honors Thesis. Upon graduation, those who complete an honors thesis in addition to the basic honors requirements are designated as Honors Scholars.

Honors College Initiatives

UMKC offers a supportive atmosphere to encourage integrative thinking through an exciting Living/Learning Community and specialized advising with Honors Faculty Fellows. Leadership skills are honed through special institutes and unique seminars where students reflect on and analyze their community-service experiences. Finally, with an eye toward giving students a leg up on their graduate school and career goals, honors students are strongly encouraged to conduct innovative individual and collaborative research or artistic activity in the form of the Senior Honors Thesis.

Some of the other advantages that the UMKC Honors College offers students include:

  • Priority enrollment during registration.
  • Specially designated general education courses for honors students.
  • Tickets to all UMKC Theatre productions.
  • Graduate-level borrowing privileges at Miller Nichols Library.
  • Individual advising to prepare honors students to compete for national scholarships (i.e., Rhodes, Marshall, Truman and Goldwater).

Admission to the Honors College

To be considered for admission, a first-year student should:

  1. Score in the top 10 percent on the ACT or SAT
  2. Rank in the top 10 percent of their high school class

Students not meeting these criteria may apply for admission to the Honors College and will be given consideration on an individual basis.  For incoming freshmen, a total of 28 hours of honors credit is required to receive a bachelor's degree with general honors.

Transfer students generally need to meet at least one of the following criteria in addition to providing recommendations from two instructors:

  • Fulfill those criteria set for first-year students
  • Have a GPA of at least 3.7
  • Have participated in their previous college’s Honors Program

Continuing UMKC students are encouraged to apply to the Honors College. Minimum requirements for admission are a 3.5 UMKC grade-point average and the recommendation of two UMKC professors.

For transfer and continuing students, a total of 25 hours of honors credit is required if the student enters the Honors College with more than 25 credits but less than 50, and a total of 21 hours of honors credit is required if the student enters the Honors College with 50 or more credits.

The Honors College application may be found at the Honors website http://cas.umkc.edu/honors.  Applications for fall semester are accepted during the previous spring semester and are due by March 15.  Late applications will be given consideration by the review committee.  Applications for the spring semester are due by October 31.

Continued Participation in the Honors College

Honors students are required to register for the Honors Colloquium at least three-fourths of the time they are enrolled in the UMKC Honors College. Additionally, a minimum overall grade-point average of 3.2 is required for all honors students for continued participation in the Honors College. Students whose overall grade-point average drops below a 3.2 have a one-semester grace period during which time they can remain in the Honors College while they work on bringing their cumulative grade-point average above the 3.2 minimum. If, at the end of the grace period, the student's grade-point average is still below a 3.2, the student will be dropped from the Honors College.

Honors Certificate for Pharmacy Students

Honors students who are Pharmacy majors will be awarded an honors certificate of recognition upon successful completion of their undergraduate and Honors College requirements.  This certificate will serve as the equivalent of the honors notation for the baccalaureate diploma and transcript.

Honors Living/Learning Community

The UMKC Honors College, in collaboration with the Department of Residential Life, sponsors the Honors Living/Learning Community. Located in UMKC's Oak Street Hall, this community of honors students has the opportunity to live and learn together through cohort classes, special programs and events, informal interaction with UMKC faculty, social activities and community service. The Honors Living/Learning Community is designed to build cohesive community among the honors students, promote student and faculty engagement, and provide continuity of the intellectual learning experience outside of the classroom.

Lucerna, the Honors College Undergraduate Journal

The Honors College produces Lucerna, UMKC's only research journal open to papers written by UMKC undergraduates.  The honors students oversee all aspects of production of the journal, from soliciting submissions to publicity to editing the chosen papers.  Lucerna is published annually.

Study Abroad

Students in the UMKC Honors College are strongly encouraged to spend a summer, a semester, or a year studying in a foreign country. Taking classes and living abroad is one of the most personally and intellectually fulfilling experiences a student can have while an undergraduate. The Honors College organizes a summer study abroad program to either Uppsala, Sweden, or Cork, Ireland; however, in consultation with the administration of the Honors College, students can earn honors credit by participating in any study abroad program. For more information on Study Abroad, see http://www.umkc.edu/international.

The Honors House

The Honors College is pleased to invite all honors students to make use of the Honors House: 5317-19 Holmes, 3rd Floor.  Honors students have free access to space where they can meet, study, and conduct discussion sessions.

SEARCH: Students Engaged in Artistic and Academic Research

Honors students completing the senior honors thesis or undergraduate research are encouraged to present their findings at the annual SEARCH Symposium for Research and Creative Achievements. The purpose of this symposium is to display and celebrate undergraduate participation in outstanding research and other creative endeavors. Presentations may be in the form of poster presentations or other performance media displaying creative works. For more information, see the SEARCH website.

Courses

HONORS 100 First Year Seminar Credit: 1

This course is designed to assist first-year students to be exceptional fellowship and graduate/professional school applicants. Students will hone their communication and critical thinking skills and learn how to create supportive relationships with faculty members. Additionally, students will learn about the academic resources available to them at UMKC.

HONORS 101 Freshman Honors Colloquium Credit: 1

This one hour interdisciplinary course is designed to foster a shared intellectual community among the Honors College members. Guest lecturers from UMKC and the greater Kansas City region will speak on a given theme, to change from year to year.

Prerequisites: Admission into the Honors College.

HONORS 102 Freshman Honors Colloquium Credit: 1

This one hour interdisciplinary course is designed to foster a shared intellectual community among the Honors College members. Guest lecturers from UMKC and the greater Kansas City region will speak on a given theme, to change from year to year.

Prerequisites: Admission into the Honors College.

HONORS 201 Sophomore Honors Colloquium Credit: 1

This one hour interdisciplinary course is designed to foster a shared intellectual community among the Honors College members. Guest lecturers from UMKC and the greater Kansas City region will speak on a given theme, to change from year to year.

Prerequisites: Admission into the Honors College.

HONORS 202 Sophomore Honors Colloquium Credit: 1

This one hour interdisciplinary course is designed to foster a shared intellectual community among the Honors College members. Guest lecturers from UMKC and the greater Kansas City region will speak on a given theme, to change from year to year.

Prerequisites: Admission into the Honors College.

HONORS 210 Reading the World Credits: 3

An intensive reading, research and writing course surveying world literature from 500 BCE to 1600 CE. The course will cover a range of authors, genres, and cultural traditions, which may include epic, lyric poetry, prose, drama, and historical, political, and religious writing.

Prerequisites: Honors College Student, or a 3.5 GPA or higher, or a 28 ACT score or higher.

HONORS 215 Researching Kansas City Credits: 3

Researching Kansas City is an interdisciplinary undergraduate research course open to honors and other high-achieving students. It will introduce students to scholarly research and analysis through the exploration of important issues of the past and present in Kansas City.

Prerequisites: Honors College Student, or a 3.5 GPA or higher, or a 28 ACT score or higher.

HONORS 230 Honors American Government Credits: 3

This course will analyze the structure and operation of American government. Major topic areas include the historical development of American democracy, mass political behavior, political institutions, public policy, and their connections. The US and Missouri Constitutions provide a framework for the class and are examined in-depth throughout the class.

Prerequisites: Honors student, or a 3.5 GPA or higher, or a 28 ACT score or higher.

HONORS 301 Junior Honors Colloquium Credit: 1

This one hour interdisciplinary course is designed to foster a shared intellectual community among the Honors College members. Guest lecturers from UMKC and the greater Kansas City region will speak on a given theme, to change from year to year.

Prerequisites: Admission into the Honors College.

HONORS 302 Junior Honors Colloquium Credit: 1

This one hour interdisciplinary course is designed to foster a shared intellectual community among the Honors College members. Guest lecturers from UMKC and the greater Kansas City region will speak on a given theme, to change from year to year.

Prerequisites: Admission into the Honors College.

HONORS 330 Senior Honors Thesis/Project Practicum Credit: 1

The Senior Honors Practicum is a graded one-credit-hour course that will prepare honors students to undertake a Senior Honors Thesis or Project. In this class, students will explore different options for theses or projects; identify a topic and faculty advisor; plan the production of the thesis or project; produce a component of the thesis or project; and collaborate effectively with other honors students to develop their plans.

HONORS 350 Honors Tutorial Credits: 1-3

Independent Study

HONORS 391 Special Topics Credits: 1-3

A particular subject normally not offered through regular courses. May be repeated for credit when the topic changes. Open to members of the Honors College and students who meet Honors College admissions criteria and/or with permission of instructor.

HONORS 401 Senior Honors Colloquium Credit: 1

This one hour interdisciplinary course is designed to foster a shared intellectual community among the Honors College members. Guest lecturers from UMKC and the greater Kansas Cit region will speak on a given theme, to change from year to year.

Prerequisites: Admission into the Honors College.

HONORS 402 Senior Honors Colloquium Credit: 1

This one hour interdisciplinary course is designed to foster a shared intellectual community among the Honors College members. Guest lecturers from UMKC and the greater Kansas City region will speak on a given theme, to change from year to year.

Prerequisites: Admission into the Honors College.

HONORS 490 Special Topics Credits: 3

An advanced undergraduate course designed to deal with a topic that is not available in the regular course offerings. May be repeated for credit when the subject changes.

Prerequisites: Admission into Honors College.

HONORS 495A Senior Thesis-Criminal Justice and Criminology Credits: 2-6

Students who have completed the requirements for the Honors College may choose to do independent research and then write or create a senior thesis. If the thesis is acceptable as an honors thesis, the student will then graduate as an Honors Scholar.

HONORS 495AA Senior Thesis Anthropology Credits: 2-6

Students who have completed the requirements for the Honors College may choose to do independent research and then write or create a senior thesis. If the thesis is acceptable as an honors thesis, the student will then graduate as an Honors Scholar.

HONORS 495B Senior Thesis-Art History Credits: 2-6

Students who have completed the requirements for the Honors College may choose to do independent research and then write or create a senior thesis. If the thesis is acceptable as an honors thesis, the student will then graduate as an Honors Scholar.

HONORS 495C Senior Thesis Biology Credits: 2-6

Students who have completed the requirements for the Honors College may choose to do independent research and then write or create a senior thesis. If the thesis is acceptable as an honors thesis, the student will then graduate as an Honors Scholar.

HONORS 495D Senior Thesis-Chemistry Credits: 2-6

Students who have completed the requirements for the Honors College may choose to do independent research and then write or create a senior thesis. If the thesis is acceptable as an honors thesis, the student will then graduate as an Honors Scholar.

HONORS 495E Senior Thesis-Communication Studies Credits: 2-6

Students who have completed the requirements for the Honors College may choose to do independent research and then write or create a senior thesis. If the thesis is acceptable as an honors thesis, the student will then graduate as an Honors Scholar.

HONORS 495EE Senior Thesis-Electrical and Computer Engineering Credits: 2-6

Students who have completed the requirements for the Honors College may choose to do independent research and then write or create a senior thesis. If the thesis is acceptable as an honors thesis, the student will then graduate as an Honors Scholar.

HONORS 495F Senior Thesis-Economics Credits: 2-6

Students who have completed the requirements for the Honors College may choose to do independent research and then write or create a senior thesis. If the thesis is acceptable as an honors thesis, the student will then graduate as an Honors Scholar.

HONORS 495G Senior Thesis-English Credits: 2-6

Students who have completed the requirements for the Honors College may choose to do independent research and then write or create a senior thesis. If the thesis is acceptable as an honors thesis, the student will then graduate as an Honors Scholar.

HONORS 495H Senior Thesis-Foreign Languages Credits: 2-6

Students who have completed the requirements for the Honors College may choose to do independent research and then write or create a senior thesis. If the thesis is acceptable as an honors thesis, the student will then graduate as an Honors Scholar.

HONORS 495I Senior Thesis-Geosciences Credits: 2-6

Students who have completed the requirements for the Honors College may choose to do independent research and then write or create a senior thesis. If the thesis is acceptable as an honors thesis, the student will then graduate as an Honors Scholar.

HONORS 495J Senior Thesis-History Credits: 2-6

Students who have completed the requirements for the Honors College may choose to do independent research and then write or create a senior thesis. If the thesis is acceptable as an honors thesis, the student will then graduate as an Honors Scholar.

HONORS 495L Senior Thesis-Mathematics Credits: 2-6

Students who have completed the requirements for the Honors College may choose to do independent research and then write or create a senior thesis. If the thesis is acceptable as an honors thesis, the student will then graduate as an Honors Scholar.

HONORS 495M Senior Thesis - Business Credits: 2-6

Students who have completed the requirements for the Honors College may choose to do independent research and then write or create a senior thesis. If the thesis is acceptable as an honors thesis, the student will then graduate as an Honors Scholar.

HONORS 495ME Senior Thesis-Medicine Credits: 2-6

Students who have completed the requirements for the Honors College may choose to do independent research and then write or create a senior thesis. If the thesis is acceptable as an honors thesis, the student will then graduate as an Honors Scholar.

HONORS 495N Senior Thesis-Philosophy Credits: 2-6

Students who have completed the requirements for the Honors College may choose to do independent research and then write or create a senior thesis. If the thesis is acceptable as an honors thesis, the student will then graduate as an Honors Scholar.

HONORS 495NH Senior Thesis-Health Sciences Credits: 2-6

Students who have completed the requirements for the Honors College may choose to do independent research and then write or create a senior thesis. If the thesis is acceptable as an honors thesis, the student will then graduate as an Honors Scholar.

HONORS 495NN Senior Thesis-Nursing Credits: 2-6

Students who have completed the requirements for the Honors College may choose to do independent research and then write or create a senior thesis. If the thesis is acceptable as an honors thesis, the student will then graduate as an Honors Scholar.

HONORS 495O Senior Thesis-Political Science Credits: 2-6

Students who have completed the requirements for the Honors College may choose to do independent research and then write or create a senior thesis. If the thesis is acceptable as an honors thesis, the student will then graduate as an Honors Scholar.

HONORS 495P Senior Thesis-Psychology Credits: 2-6

Students who have completed the requirements for the Honors College may choose to do independent research and then write or create a senior thesis. If the thesis is acceptable as an honors thesis, the student will then graduate as an Honors Scholar.

HONORS 495Q Senior Thesis-Sociology Credits: 2-6

Students who have completed the requirements for the Honors College may choose to do independent research and then write or create a senior thesis. If the thesis is acceptable as an honors thesis, the student will then graduate as an Honors Scholar.

HONORS 495R Senior Thesis-Theatre Credits: 2-6

Students who have completed the requirements for the Honors College may choose to do independent research and then write or create a senior thesis. If the thesis is acceptable as an honors thesis, the student will then graduate as an Honors Scholar.

HONORS 495S Senior Thesis-Education Credits: 2-6

Students who have completed the requirements for the Honors College may choose to do independent research and then write or create a senior thesis. If the thesis is acceptable as an honors thesis, the student will then graduate as an Honors Scholar.

HONORS 495U Senior Thesis-Classics/Ancient Studies Credits: 2-6

Students who have completed the requirements for the Honors College may choose to do independent research and then write or create a senior thesis. If the thesis is acceptable as an honors thesis, the student will then graduate as an Honors Scholar.

HONORS 495V Senior Thesis-Physics Credits: 2-6

Students who have completed the requirements for the Honors College may choose to do independent research and then write or create a senior thesis. If the thesis is acceptable as an honors thesis, the student will then graduate as an Honors Scholar.

HONORS 495X Senior Thesis-Music Credits: 2-6

Students who have completed the requirements for the Honors College may choose to do independent research and then write or create a senior thesis. If the thesis is acceptable as an honors thesis, the student will then graduate as an Honors Scholar.

HONORS 496 Honors Internship Credits: 1-6

This course is an academic internship that requires written assignments in addition to the work performed in a professional workplace. Internships are individually arranged with the sponsoring organization, which may be a business, school, nonprofit agency or government office. Academic credit may range from 1 to 6 credit hours (for 0 credit hours see Honors 496A). There will be a Learning Agreement established in the first week of the semester that states the contractual responsibilities of the student, the workplace supervisor and the internship coordinator. This Learning Agreement will outline the job responsibilities, workload expectations, assignments and anticipated learning outcomes of the internship experience.

HONORS 496A Honors Internship Credits: 0

This course is an academic internship that requires written assignments in addition to the work performed in a professional workplace. Internships are individually arranged with the sponsoring organization, which may be a business, school, nonprofit agency or government office. Academic credit for this course is 0 credit hours (for variable 1-6 credit hours see Honors 496). There will be a Learning Agreement established in the first week of the semester that states the contractual responsibilities of the student, the workplace supervisor and the internship coordinator. This Learning Agreement will outline the job responsibilities, workload expectations, assignments and anticipated learning outcomes of the internship experience.

HONORS 499 Senior Thesis/Project Writing Group Credit: 1

This course is open to honors students and high-achieving students who are working on senior theses, projects, or capstone papers. The group meets twice a month to offer peer response to the work of members, who set goals and deadlines for producing their theses or projects. A faculty member of the Honors College advises the group. Non-honors students who meet the Honors College admission criteria may receive permission to enroll.