Honors Program Benefits In the freshman year, students augment their academic preparation with the honors versions of the basic curriculum classes. Courses in English composition and literature, history, and biology are specifically designed for honors students. The freshman-level Honors Forum combines class work, cultural activities, and attendance at special events. The special University Honors Courses, offered in the sophomore, junior, and senior years, provide a stimulating range and depth of intellectual inquiry. In an interdisciplinary course, Honors Special Topics, faculty from diverse disciplines explore with students a culturally significant issue or theme or historical period. Mentored Studies and the Senior Thesis allow students to select projects of interest to them and work individually with a faculty member. Students pursue their own major within the honors framework, usually taking one to two honors courses per year. Small classes taught by faculty whose special interests and expertise lie in the discipline of the particular class. Classes that provide opportunity for creative, independent work in an area of interest to the individual student. Participation in special honors events, such as field trips, lectures, and banquets. Sessions with distinguished campus visitors through the Honors Round Table. Leadership opportunities through the UWA Honors Council and conferences of the national and state honors councils. Upon successful completion of the Honors Program, Honors Scholar designation on diploma and transcripts, a distinction of advantage for graduate or professional school admission or career placement.