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The Honors Program


Honors Program Curriculum

The Honors Program at UK has a long and proud history, dating back to 1961, and thousands of students have passed through our program, exploring themselves and the boundaries of thought with outstanding faculty.

Honors students may apply for and be admitted to pathway programs through Honors. These pathways provide a more specialized trajectory through the Honors curriculum and are housed with college partners in Gatton College of Business and Economics and the College of Engineering.

Global Scholars

The Gatton College of Business and Economics and the Honors Program have designed a unique international business program aimed at preparing students to become world ready.  Through an enriched curriculum, you will be ready to compete with anyone, anytime and anywhere. You will be ready to be part of the next generation of global business leaders in an ever changing world market.

Social Enterprise Scholars

The Gatton College of Business and Economics and the Honors Program have designed a unique business pathway program aimed at providing students with marketing, management, and entrepreneurship skills. Through completion of this program, students will gain the expertise in business to become agents of change within a variety of communities including the non-profit business sector, both locally and in a global context.

SEAM - Scholars in Engineering and Management

Scholars in Engineering and Management (SEAM) is a collaborative program between the College of Engineering, the Gatton College of Business and Economics, and the Honors Program, accepting both engineering and business applicants. The program offers cross-functional classes and activities designed to compliment a student's chosen major.  This program produces a pool of entrepreneurial minded individuals and attractive, unique talent for potential employers nationwide.

Scholars in Nursing

The Scholars in Nursing Program is a specialized Honors Program pathway designed to provide opportunities to participate in advanced research, advanced practice nursing, and teaching to high achieving students majoring in nursing.  This program provides opportunities for in-depth study of advanced nursing concept and skills, promotes professionalism, and prepares future nurses for leadership, practice, teaching and/or research careers.

Independent Projects

The goal of the Independent Project is for the student to be able to demonstrate the ability to propose, examine and evaluate an intellectual problem in one of several modes, as well as the ability to carry out the project and present results with competence.

Journal Journey

The Journal Journey Project offers Honors Program students the opportunity to be matched with a faculty or staff mentor to keep a journal throughout the year for pass/fail credit in the spring semester of their participating year.