The University Honors Program at Jacksonville University
aims to challenge academically talented, highly motivated students to develop
intellectual curiosity and rigor, independent reasoning and creativity, superior
communication skills, leadership, and a system for ethical decision-making. The
program enables students with strong academic records and a desire to excel in
the pursuit of knowledge to join with select faculty to form a community within
the University that supports outstanding scholarship, personal growth, and
service. The curriculum exposes students to interdisciplinary experiences and
encourages them to make connections among domains of knowledge; fosters
leadership; guides students to assess and reflect on their beliefs and values;
encourages students to identify and assess personal, academic, and professional
goals; provides opportunities for individual research and creativity; and
encourages participation in cross-cultural and international experiences.
Entering students may register for honors
courses if they have attained at least a 3.2 GPA at the secondary level and a
combined SAT score of 1220 or better (reading & mathematics), or ACT score
of 27 or better. Returning and transfer students may register for honors courses
if they have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher. Qualified students may
take as few or as many honors courses as they wish.
Fulfillment of the requirements for the
University Honors Program entitles participants to graduate with University
Honors at commencement. Requirements include:
- Filing an official acceptance of the invitation
to join the Honors Program with the director of the Honors Program. Students
then are designated University Honors Fellows. Students, who remain in good
standing in the Honors Program, as determined by the director, are eligible for
- Successful completion of 25 credit hours in
honors courses, including a one credit hour colloquium and at least one honors
- Attainment of a 3.5 cumulative GPA and a 3.5 GPA
in honors course work at the time of commencement.
- Completion and presentation of a significant
Students transferring to JU may transfer honors
credits received from accredited community colleges and four-year colleges and
universities into JU’s Honors Program. However, to graduate with University
Honors, a transferring student must complete a minimum of 13 credit hours in
honors courses at JU, including the honors colloquium and an honors seminar, and
a total of 60 hours of graded credit at JU.
Students may earn in various ways the honors
credits necessary to graduate with University Honors:
- Students entering with Advanced
Placement or International Baccalaureate exam scores, which exceed the
requirement for AP or IB credit at the University, may apply those credits
toward the 25 honors credits needed to graduate with University Honors.
- Honors Colloquium – A required
one-credit honors orientation course for first-year honors students focusing on
educational planning, values exploration, and personal development.
- Honors sections of regular
courses carrying three or four credit hours each.
- Interdisciplinary honors
seminars – Honors seminars carrying three credit hours each, the topics
of which are specified in the Schedule of Classes. Ordinarily, course
designation numbers of 268, 269, 368, 369, 378, 468, and 469 are reserved for
honors seminars. Topics vary by semester.
- Add-on one honors credit – One
hour of honors credit in addition to regular course credit. Students participate
in extra projects or research in a particular course under the supervision of
- Departmental Honors courses
– At the upper levels, Honors Program students are expected to propose
and conduct research or creative projects within their major fields carrying
three to six credit hours of independent study per semester. Students seeking
University Honors credit should apply for departmental honors as specified (see
Academic Awards and Scholastic Honors in this section) and simultaneously submit
their prospectus to the Director of the Honors Program. Upon approval of the
completed departmental honors projects or creative productions for honors credit
by the students’ departmental
supervisory committees, students in the
Honors Program will be awarded both departmental and University Honors credit.
Students are required to present findings in a public forum such as the
Undergraduate Research Symposium, scheduled each year in the spring.
- Internship – On rare occasion,
when certain criteria are met, an internship may carry honors credit.
- Study Abroad – Coursework
carries honors designation only as determined by the Director of
Jacksonville University is committed to providing its
students with a world-class education. The University has embraced study abroad
and international education as an ideal engaged learning experience. JU has
developed select programs around the world where students can immerse themselves
in the local cultures, participate in internships and community service
opportunities, and study alongside local students. The University considers
international experience to be an integral part of liberal arts and professional
education for the 21st century. JU is dedicated to providing a global education
for its students through the International Education Programs (IEP) office. IEP
offers a full catalog of programs accessible to most students and majors.
Students can study abroad for as short a time as Spring Break or two to six
weeks in the summers, or as long as an academic year. IEP provides quality
international academic experiences at some of the most prestigious institutions
of higher education in Europe, Australia, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
Whether students are interested in developing their language skills, immersing
themselves in other cultures or earning credit toward their degrees, IEP will
help students realize their international academic goals.
JU study abroad programs are unique in many
ways. Most courses are taught in English. Programs are designed to be affordable
to all students; in addition, students may be eligible for federal and state
financial aid to participate. Extensive on site support services are available
to JU students abroad.
JU faculty have led programs and taught courses
in Africa, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Ireland,
Italy, Mexico, Philippines, Spain, and Thailand. Semester and summer study
abroad programs are available in dozens of countries around the globe.
JU students and non-JU students admitted to JU
as transient students receive JU credit with grades, which are calculated in
their grade point average for faculty led courses taken abroad. JU students and
non-JU students admitted to JU as transient students receive JU credit with
grades, which are not calculated in their grade point average, for participation
in any approved IEP summer, semester or study abroad program. To be acceptable
for credit, the appropriate college deans and chairs of the divisions concerned
must approve international study and other learning abroad activities. NROTC
students must have commanding officer approval to study abroad.
Students planning to study abroad must also
notify the Registrar’s Office and the Office of Financial Aid at the time that
an application for study abroad is submitted. Courses taken abroad must meet
University academic standards and form a coherent part of the student’s
four-year curriculum plan. JU degree-seeking students may not participate in
more than three semesters or 45 semester hours total in study abroad
Students must take at least 12 hours in their
majors at the Jacksonville University campus. Students may take up to 15 of
their last 30 semester hour credits abroad in study abroad programs. Students
who study abroad their last semester may have their graduation postponed to the
next graduation date due to the dates of the Study Abroad Term or for the time
it takes to receive the transcript from the foreign school. Faculty led
programs do not count against students’ residency hours or apply toward the
previously mentioned restrictions. Students should visit the Study Abroad Office
located in Gooding 105 or call (904) 256-7295 with any questions.
University internship program is designed to provide junior and senior students
practical experience in areas related to their major fields of study. Since the
internship involves the awarding of academic credit, this experience is expected
- Require the student to apply the concepts,
theories or practices learned in the classroom and to test the application of
these ideas in actual situations encountered in the nonacademic setting.
- Expand the knowledge base of the student through
challenging assignments. While it is expected that the student intern will be
asked to perform some routine duties, this cannot be the primary function of the
internship. The student pays regular academic fees for hours of academic credit
earned during an internship. The amount of knowledge gleaned from the internship
is expected to approximate that provided in a classroom setting. This becomes a
value judgment as experiential learning is compared to classroom learning, but
it is a critical factor in evaluating an internship.
- Expose the student to the wealth of actual
behaviors, situations, and incidents that occur in an organizational setting and
cannot be taught in the classroom. Often this is part of the socialization
process that occurs when an individual joins an organization, even if only on a
- Provide a valuable interface between the
sponsoring organization and the University. Students selected to participate in
internship programs become representatives of the student body to the community
just as the faculty members, acting as internship academic advisors, represent
the faculty and administration of the University. This responsibility can be one
of the most valuable assets to the program. It provides the community with a
firsthand evaluation of the fine quality students and faculty at Jacksonville
- Credit Awarded - No more than
12 hours of academic credit can be earned through the internship program and
applied toward the fulfillment of the 120 credit hours required for a degree.
Internship courses will carry the suffix number of 90; i.e., 390, 490.
- Academic Standards - A student
applying for an internship must:
- Have junior or senior standing or departmental
- Have a faculty sponsor with expertise in the
field of the internship
- Secure the agreement of a sponsoring agency or
- Have the permission of the division chair and
the college dean
Any student on probation or suspension is not
eligible for an internship. Divisions may set higher academic qualifications for
participation in internships under their supervision.
SEMETER IN WASHINGTON
The University also encourages qualified students to spend a
semester in Washington, D.C., interning in various areas of government and
business through its affiliates, the Washington Center for Internships and
Seminars or the American University Program. The Washington Center’s program
promotes future leadership for the public, private, and nonprofit sectors of
society. Sophomores and juniors are eligible if they have a 3.0 or higher
cumulative grade point average and recommendations of the faculty. The program
is administered by the College of Arts and Sciences. Scholarships often are
available through The Washington Center. Seniors are also eligible for
opportunities through The Washington Center because the credit is conferred by
recognizes the educational value of an undergraduate research experience. A
two-course sequence in undergraduate research has been established. Eligible
students may enroll in scheduled courses assigned the departmental prefix and
the number 373 (Research Preparation) and 374 (Undergraduate Research) for two
credit hours each. A second alternative for eligible students is to enroll in
independent study for research projects under the direction of research
professors who lead students through the designated steps in research design,
execution, and analysis. These courses are designed to give the student
experience, beginning with the conceptualization and design of a research
project, through the literature search, data gathering and analysis, and writing
the results in a format suitable for publication. Students should consult with
the college deans or division chairs in their areas of
Independent study is
available to junior or senior students in good academic standing and to Graduate
students. All fields are open to this academic alternative. A variety of designs
are encouraged: travel study, semiprofessional work, or research experience. The
title and description of the design and content must be submitted to the
supervising instructor, the appropriate division chair, and the college dean at
least one month prior to registration. If approved, the course will be assigned
a title and departmental prefix, plus a course number from the series 199, 387,
388, 487, 488 and 591.
Independent study design may not duplicate any
course listed in the Catalog, and credit may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.
A student may enroll for a maximum of six (6) hours of independent study each
semester and is limited to a maximum of 12 hours for undergraduates and six (6)
hours for Graduate Students.
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