DEPARTMENTAL HONORS PROGRAM

Among the departments offering approved programs for honors study at the junior-senior level for both majors and elective students are American studies, art and art history, biochemistry and molecular biology, biology, business administration, chemistry, computer science, engineering, English, finance, French, German, history, international finance and marketing, international studies, Judaic Studies, marine science, mathematics, meteorology, microbiology and immunology, philosophy, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, Spanish, and women’s and gender studies. Admission into the program is by invitation, but any student who believes himself or herself qualified may apply to the Chairman or the Departmental Honors Advisor of the major department, preferably during the sophomore or early junior year. Upon successful completion of the required program and with approval by the faculty of the department, the notation Departmental Honors in … is included in the candidate’s diploma and transcript.

Departmental Honors Programs are designed primarily to provide an opportunity for the superior student to intensify and deepen his or her knowledge of the major, to permit closer associations with professors in the student’s area of concentration, and to prepare the student for research, thesis preparation, and other work at the graduate level in the major areas.

Minimal requirements for graduation with Departmental Honors are:

  • an over-all average of at least 3.300;
  • six credit hours or more in independent study, senior thesis, or designated advanced or special honors courses specified by the department, with grades of at least B;
  • an average in the major of at least 3.500.


Some departments specify additional requirements; the prospective Departmental Honors student should confer with the Honors Advisor within the department about specific requirements.

The College of Engineering offers a professionally oriented honors program which is described in their respective listing elsewhere in the Bulletin.

FOOTE FELLOWS PROGRAM

The Foote Fellows program, established in honor of former University of Miami President,  Edward T. Foote II, each year gives a higihly selected group of incoming first-year undergraduate students an opportunity to explore a wide range of academic pursuits and interests across the curriculum. Foote Fellows, who are required to fulfill certain areas of study determined by their individual school or college, are exempted from completing University general education requirements. They also receive special academic advising and mentoring as well as the opportunity to participate in cultural, social, and educational events. 

HONORS PROPGRAM IN EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY (HPEP)

The Kinesiology and Sports Sciences Department offers an accelerated Masters degree program for students who have completed their 4-year undergraduate program in Exercise Physiology. It allows students to complete their Masters degree in Exercise Physiology within one year of their BS degree obtained in that major.
The additional year of study will enable students to complete all requirements leading to a Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology in the School of Education, (M.S. Ed.), in 5 years. To be considered applicants must be in the top 10% of their high school graduating class. Students must have a minimum SAT score of 1300 or an ACT score of 30 and an Unweighted GPA of 3.75.  The HPEP application form and supporting materials must be submitted no later than November 1st of the applicant’s senior year.  A review of completed applications will begin by the end of November.
For further information and application forms please go to the following web address:  www.miami.edu/dualdegree.

HONORS PROGRAM IN LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES (HPLA)

The Honors Program in Latin American Studies (HPLA) is a dual degree program that allows students to receive a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in five years following a rigorous, efficient, accelerated curriculum.  This highly selective group of students will enjoy close faculty mentoring and the opportunity to engage in specialized research projects with faculty.  Students will receive first-hand experience in their regions of focus by studying abroad.  Most study abroad opportunities are for duration of six months. Applicants must be high school seniors in the top 10% of their class and must have a minimum SAT I score of 1360 or (ACT 31). In addition to the regular Application for Admission to the University, the applicant must complete a separate application form for the Honors Program in Latin American Studies.  The HPLA application form and supporting materials must be submitted no later than November 1st of the applicant’s senior year.  A review of completed applications will begin by the end of November.

For further information and application forms please go to the following web address:  www.miami.edu/dualdegree.

HONORS PROGRAM IN MARINE GEOLOGY (HPMG)

The Honors Program in Marine Geology (HPMG) allows exceptional students to pursue an accelerated program in the undergraduate Geological Sciences and graduate Marine Geology and Geophysics programs.  The degree consists of an undergraduate Bachelor of Sciences degree in Geological Sciences from the College of Arts and Sciences, combined with a graduate Master of Science degree from the Division of Marine Geology and Geophysics at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.  Applicants must be high school seniors in the top 10% of their class and must have a minimum SAT I score of 1360 or (ACT 31).  In addition to the regular Application for Admission to the University, the applicant must complete a separate application form for the Honors Program in Marine Geology.  The HPMG application form and supporting materials must be submitted no later than November 1st of the applicant’s senior year.  A review of completed applications will begin by the end of November.

For further information and application forms please go to the following web address:  www.miami.edu/dualdegree.

HONORS PROGRAM IN MEDICINE (HPME)

The Honors Program in Medicine (HPME) provides an opportunity for outstanding high school seniors who are seeking careers in medicine or medical science to obtain the Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine degrees in seven or eight years.

This program has been designed by the School of Medicine and the College of Arts and Sciences. It provides a plan whereby students entering the University of Miami are admitted simultaneously into the Honors Program and a special Privileged Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences which allows HPME students to participate in an enriched and challenging curricular experience without the strictures of conventional distribution requirements. HPME students are secure in the knowledge that they will have a place in the University of Miami School of Medicine as early as three years provided they maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.700 in the sciences as well as an overall 3.700 GPA and score at least a 30 on the MCAT exam. 

Applicants must have had in high school, or be in the process of completing at the time of application, four years each of English and mathematics and one year each of biology, chemistry, and physics. A course in calculus must be taken before beginning the program. Applicants who would like to be considered must have minimum scores of 1400 on the SAT I (or 32 ACT), be in the top 5% of their high school graduating class and have an unweighted GPA of 3.750. College Entrance Examination SAT II Subject Tests must be taken in mathematics, and either biology, chemistry, or physics and have a minimum score of 600. These tests must be taken no later than the October testing date of the applicant’s senior year in high school. In addition to the regular Application for Admission to the University, the applicant must complete a separate application form for the Honors Program in Medicine. The HPME application form and all supporting materials must be submitted by November 1 of the applicant’s senior year. A review of completed applications will begin by the end of November. Selected applicants will be invited for an on-campus interview with a member of the HPME Admission Committee.

For further information and application forms please go to the following web address:  www.miami.edu/dualdegree.

HONORS PROGRAM IN BIOLOGY & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (HPBMB)

The Honors Program in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (HPBMB) is offered to mature high school seniors with strong academic ability and achievement who seek careers in biological or biomedical science. Students can earn both a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D.) in approximately 6 years.

For further information and application forms please go the following web address:  www.miami.edu/dualdegree.

HONORS PROGRAM IN LAW (HPLW)

The University of Miami offers the Honors Program in Law (HPLW) which allows excellent students with high academic ability to gain admission to both undergraduate study and to graduate study in the law school. Such an achievement eliminates the pressure of applying to law school and gives qualified students the chance to complete both Bachelor’s and Jurist Doctorate degree in 6 years.  Applicants who wish to be considered for admission must be high school seniors in the top 5% of their class,  have a minimum SAT I score of 1400 or (ACT 32) and an unweighted GPA of 3.750. In addition to the regular Application for Admission to the University, the applicant must complete a separate application form for the Honors Program in Law. The HPLW application form and supporting materials must be submitted no later than November 1st of the applicant’s senior year. A review of completed applications will begin by the end of November.

For further information and application forms please go to the following web address.  www.miami.edu/dualdegree.

COURSES OFFERED IN HONORS

Dept. Code:  HON

A list of these courses varies from semester to semester; an accurate list of offerings for a particular semester may be obtained from the Honors Program website (www.miami.edu/honorsprogram) or myUM.

HONOR SOCIETIES

The following honor societies have chapters at the University of Miami:

Alpha Epsilon Delta (Pre-Med)
Alpha Epsilon Rho (Electronic Media)
Alpha Eta Mu Beta (Biomedical Engineering)
Alpha Kappa Delta (Sociology)
Alpha Lambda Delta (Freshmen General Scholarship)
Alpha Phi Sigma (Criminology)
Alpha Pi Mu (Industrial Engineering)
Alpha Psi Sigma (Criminology)
Alpha Rho Chi (Architecture)
Beta Alpha Psi (Accounting)
Beta Beta Beta (Biology)
Beta Gamma Sigma (Business)
Chi Epsilon (Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering)
Eta Kappa Nu (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Golden Key National Honor Society (General Scholarship)
Honors Students’ Association (General Scholarship)
Mortar Board (General Scholarship)
Omicron Delta Kappa (General Scholarship)
Phi Alpha Theta (History)
Phi Beta Kappa (General Scholarship)
Phi Kappa Phi (General Scholarship)
Phi Lambda Pi (General Scholarship)
Phi Sigma Tau (Philosophy)
Pi Delta Phi (French)
Pi Kappa Lambda (Music and Music Education)
Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science)
Pi Tau Sigma (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)
Psi Chi (Psychology)
Rho Rho Rho (Marine Science)
Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish)
Sigma Gamma Epsilon (Geological Sciences)
Sigma Tau Delta (International English)
Sigma Theta Tau (Nursing)
Tau Beta Pi (Engineering)
Tau Sigma Delta (Architecture)
Theta Alpha Kappa (Religious Studies)

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