The Honors College is a curriculum AND a community. There are many opportunities for students to become involved and dive deeper into their undergraduate education. Honors communities include Living Learning Communities and Learning Communities but can also be found through books groups, Intellectual Traditions lectures, Praxis Labs, undergraduate research opportunities and more.

Whatever your passion, interest and availability, Honors has a place for you!

Living Learning Communities

Students who live in Honors housing participate in Living Learning Communities (LLCs), where each small cohort of students shares living space, along with selected classes and/or activities.

First-Year Housing and Communities

First-year Honors College students have several options for housing including Living Learning Communities in the Marriott Honors Community (MHC) or Sage Point Resident Hall.

Upper Division Housing

Upper Division, sophomore through senior, Honors College students have several housing options for Living Communities in the Marriott Honors Community (MHC) or Officers Circle (OC).

Learning Communities

Learning Communities = yearlong + small group + Honors degree credit + activities

These Honors Learning Communities are designed for first year students who reside off campus or in other on-campus housing.

Science and Storytelling Learning Community** (not offered 2017-18)

What goes on in your brain when you taste dark chocolate, watch a meteor shower or pet a warm furry puppy? How much (or how little) do we understand about the interaction between physiological organs and integrative perception? How can science and art help us understand and appreciate sensory experiences?

  • Learn the basic neuroscience of how we (and other species) see, hear, taste, smell and touch.
  • Communicate scientific concepts creatively and effectively through storytelling and other artistic practices
  • Explore how the art of storytelling can help us understand and express our sensory experiences and imagination.
  • Develop skills of close observation, critical thinking and writing

Taught by Honors College Dean Sylvia Torti (scientist and novelist) and biologist Franz Goller, this course for non-science and non-engineering majors fills both your Honors Science and Honors Writing requirements. Taking an Intellectual Traditions course in both Fall and Spring semesters, you will complete the Honors Core in your first year!

Leadership Learning Community *Via application only (applications open June 2016)

We hear about “leadership” everywhere we turn, but what does it mean to be a leader? And how do you become one? Do the real work toward developing confidence and leadership abilities in this skills-based course led by University of Utah Honors alumna, Janice Ugaki (Harvard Law Graduate, Rhodes Scholar). Learn about leadership theories and apply leadership concepts to real-life problems. Assess and develop YOUR strengths and skills and YOUR style of leadership. Find out how to:

  • network
  • foster effective mentor relationships
  • develop a four-year plan
  • apply for distinguished scholarships (Rhodes, Marshall and others)
  • polish your professional, classroom, and networking etiquette

At the end of the year you will have increased confidence, better skills, and a more focused plan. BONUS: a resume and cover letter for future use, and a positive and purposeful introduction to be used during interviews, and other occasions.

This Learning Community was previously an Honors College Scholars Group.  Click here to view past information and an Executive Summary from 2013-2014.

Course Requirements

Fall 2016 Spring 2017
HONOR 2020 – First Year Colloquium HONOR 2020 – First Year Colloquium
The Next Generation Learning Community**

What kind of a society do you want to build—to live in and, perhaps, to rear your children in? What are the societal and individual purposes of education? Who should make the policy? The Next Generation Learning Community is designed for prospective civic leaders, policy makers, parents and educators interested in a deeper understanding of the challenges facing all levels of education in the United States today. In addition to gaining first-hand experience with grade school curriculum and teaching, we will explore the intellectual history of higher education, different models that have been used in different time periods and cultures, how societal trends such as growing economic inequality, consumerism and religious fundamentalism affect our schools and colleges. Relevant topics include: violence in schools and colleges, the need to re-think the business model in public education, the value and challenges of standardized testing, opportunities and challenges to increasing uses of technology, school choice and charter school initiatives, and the underfunding of public education.

Course Requirements 

Fall 2017 Spring 2018
HONOR 3400 – Science and Pedagogy
HONOR 3900 – Imagined Communities
HONOR  3930-001 Construction of Knowledge (counts as an IT)
Research in the Sciences**

Research in the Sciences

This Community is half Learning Community have Living Learning Community. 50 first-year students in total will be selected for this community in total. This community is designed as an option for students interested in lab work participation and lab research. Students will visit labs on campus and attend various campus events. Contact Jennifer Wiseman for more information.

Fall 2016 Spring 2017
HONOR 2103- Intellectual Traditions Other Recommended Science/Research coursework

Admission for Learning Communities is on a first-come-first-served basis. **Register for the appropriate courses if you would like to commit.

Ecology and Legacy Integrated Minor

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