Honors Program expanding, moving to Central Hall

picture of Michah Fielden (SGA President), Pamela May (UK Board of Trustees), James F. Hardymon (UK Fellow), UK President Eli Capilouto, Randy Churchey (EdR President/CEO), Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson, Mayor Jim Gray

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Central Hall, Haggin Field, April 17, 2012; [l-r] Michah Fielden (SGA President), Pamela May (UK Board of Trustees), James F. Hardymon (UK Fellow), UK President Eli Capilouto, Randy Churchey (EdR President/CEO), Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson, Mayor Jim Gray

The UK Honors Program is moving to the newly constructed Central Hall this fall. The Honors Living Learning Community for selected first-year students has been housed in Patterson Hall in the north campus neighborhood. The new residence hall – the first to be built on campus since 2005 – is part of a public/private partnership to enhance undergraduate education at the University. The goal is that the new building will offer students access to modern technologies and as President Capilouto described it, “amenities students expect of a modern flagship research university and will provide the living/learning experience required for our graduates to lead lives of leadership, meaning, and purpose.”

Architectural drawing of the new Honors Hall entryway, by Sherman-Carter-Barnhart

Drawing of the Honors Hall courtyard by architects, Sherman-Carter-Barnhart

Designed by the local architectural firm of Sherman-Carter-Barnhart, the new Honors Program residential hall will provide 300-400 beds for Honors students.  In addition, the Honors Program offices, Honors lounge and three classrooms will be moved from their current locations in Patterson Office Tower and Miller Hall to be co-located in the new hall.

There are approximately 1,000 students in the Honors Program, and 400 new slots could be added next year.  In addition, the Honors Program and the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education in collaboration with the University Faculty Senate created a new curriculum that allows students to take Honors-affiliated courses in their major, minor or UK Core. This new flexibility in the program offerings allows for the University to showcase students who are not in the Honors Program per se but are accepted for enrollment in selected sections of regular courses that have an additional component (pre-approved by the Honors Program director) of academic rigor unlike the regular sections of that same course offered.

Overview of UK Honors Program Curriculum

First-Year Sophomore Junior Senior
2 Honors Courses for at least 6 credit hours in UK Core: Inquiry 1 Honors Course and 1 Experience for at least 6 credit hours 1 Honors Course and 1 Experience for at least 6 credit hours Honors 395 Senior Capstone for at least 3 credit hours
  • Each student will take two Honors Courses in UK Core Inquiry areas (as HON courses or Honors sections of existing UK Core courses), at least two Honors Experience Courses, and the HON 398 Senior Capstone, in addition to 6 other credits in Honors Courses. A total of at least 21 hours is required to graduate from Honors.
  • Honors Courses include Honors Seminars (HON) or Honors courses, sections or options in the major.
  • Honors Experiences include Honors Research, Education Abroad, Service Learning or Community Outreach, or other approved activity. At least two Honors Experiences are required.
  • Honors students who have not earned advanced placement credit or waiver in writing (via an AP English exam) will also be required to complete an Honors Composition and Communications Course.
Honors Living Learning Community →
 ← Honors Advising and Mentoring →
← Co-curricular activities and opportunities →

For more details, see the UK Honors Program webpage on curriculum (http://www.uky.edu/Honors/current/curricula.html) and two reports available on the Senate website: “The Honors Academy at the University of Kentucky – Inquiry in Action: Exploring, Expressing, and Interacting” (November 2011); and, “Provost’s Advisory Group on the Honors Program” (September 2012).

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