Honors Program

the honors department

New Campus-Based Honors Program

The Honors Program at Embry-Riddle, Prescott offers students an enriched educational experience focused on leadership, research, and ethics, while also giving them opportunities to enhance campus and community life for others. Building on the strengths of our current Honors Program: Focus on leadership, research, and ethics; sense of community; and study abroad scholarships, the new campus-based Honors Program will expand on the number of opportunities offered to students. We are increasing the flexibility to better meet the individual needs of students, drawing on programs already in existence on campus. Students would be able to design their Honors Experience based on their interest by selecting options from the pyramid below, note: the current blocks are suggestive of options and will be further developed. We will begin the application process for the program mid-term in the fall of 2018. 

the honors pyramid

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Honors Campus Handout

Mission

The Honors Program provides a student-centered learning environment that challenges and inspires students through curricular and co-curricular activities. Students are encouraged to be active and engaged leaders in the university, Prescott, and global community. The program offers individualized academic advising and small classes dedicated to Honors Students. The program also provides study abroad scholarships and funding for research, scholarship, and service.

Vision

The Honors Program will create a community of scholars who are able to address problems and issues that others do not even see, engaging in and changing the world as thoughtful forward-thinking individuals.

Honors Program Admission

We will open the application process for the Campus-Based Honors Program in the Fall of 2018. We will be accepting applications from currently enrolled 1st-3rd year students as well as transfer students. The application process will include an essay, academic resume, letter of reference, and an interview.

Benefits

Some of the benefits and features of the Prescott Honors Program:

  • Priority registration beginning the 2nd semester
  • Living and learning with your Honors peers in a close-knit community
  • Scholarship opportunities for study abroad, research, and travel
  • Honors recognition on permanent transcript and at graduation ceremonies

Curriculum & Requirements

Academic requirements for Honors students are more rigorous than those of non-Honors students. Honors students have many unique opportunities to delve deeper into course content, explore areas beyond normal courses content, and develop high-level research and leadership skills. Honors students also contribute to their campus and community while maintaining exceptional academic standards.

The Honors seminar courses are designed to replace general education courses and provide Honors students with a more meaningful and engaging experience that aligns with the Program’s focus on leadership, research, and ethics. The three seminars build upon each other, bridging disciplines and emphasizing ethics in all areas.

Research & Ethics: Introduction to the theory and practice of research, covering research writing and presenting as well as the integration of ethical considerations at all stages of the research process.

Teamwork Skills: Looking to strengthen your ability to inspire yourself and your peers to action and successful project management in a team setting? In this course, students can advance their own development and growth by reflecting on and applying their strengths through a focus on peer leadership and team-building. A study of leadership, project management, communication, and effective team-building in involved. Applied leadership foundations will be affectively tested as students venture out in to the local Prescott community to change the world through planning and management of a service project. Class periods will include active learning instructional periods along with time allotted for team project work. The end-goal of this course envisions students confidently considering their own strengths as they think conscientiously about what their team needs from them to be successful.

Global Leadership: Focus on leadership principles and business fundamentals in a global context. Builds on skills developed in Research & Ethics and Teamwork Skills courses.

Honors Program students are expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 3.5. Students who fall below this threshold are placed on probation and given one semester to raise their CGPA, or they will be dismissed from the program. Additionally, Honors Program students who receive a failing grade in a course taken at Embry-Riddle will also be dismissed from the program.

Honors student are also required to community services each academic year. The Honors Student Association coordinates many service events each semester. Students may also be part of outside service organizations and projects.

Attention:

We understand several students have received an invitation to join HonorSociety.org. The website listed in the invitation is www.HonorSociety.org. This organization is not affiliated with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) or the ERAU Prescott Honors Program.

The ERAU Prescott Honors Program recommends that any student who has received such an invitation, and may be considering joining this group or a similar invitation from any other organization, contact the Honors Program at prhonors@erau.edu. Alternatively, you may visit the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) website. This Association publishes criteria to allow you to determine independently the value of Honor Society membership, regardless of whether a specific Honor Society is a member of ACHS.

 

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Dr. Anne Boettcher
Undergraduate Research Institute and Honors Program Director

Katie Greene
Assistant Director, Honors Program Director of Academic Advising, COAS & CSI