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The Honors College is designed to enhance the education of UW-Stout students. Our emphasis is on challenging students to think in more depth and detail and to provide the opportunity to meet other students while doing so. We challenge talented and intellectually adventurous students through formal academic and extracurricular activity. UW-Stout's Honors College is not like most high school honors classes. It is not simply more or harder work — it is an entirely different approach to learning. Discussion and debate don't end at the classroom door. You'll find yourself continuing to explore issues in your conversations outside the classroom.
Entrance into the Honors College
Students are accepted into the Honors College in one of two ways: being invited to join based on high academic achievement or by applying using the application form on this website. Students from a wide range of academic experiences are encouraged to apply and have successfully completed the college’s requirements.
Honors College students complete eight honors units during their time at Stout. Honors units include an exciting variety of course offerings each semester, study abroad opportunities, and Honors Contracts.
Courses: We have a rich variety of courses in every general education category. Students earn general education credits by taking honors courses in place of regular classes. Students read primary source materials rather than textbooks and discussion-based classes are centered on important questions. Students must earn a grade of B or better in a course in order to earn one honors unit. A three credit course will count as one honors unit. Once in a student’s career, a four or five credit course will earn two honors units, with a grade of B or better.
Contracts: Honors College students must complete at least one Honors Contract prior to graduation. Successful completion of a contract earns a student one honors unit. To complete a contract, students meet with a faculty mentor to design and accomplish a project that interests them and that adds depth or breadth to their study. Students work with their mentor to complete a substantial project equivalent to approximately 60 hours of work. The student may complete no more than two Honors Contracts in a single academic area.
Capstone: The Honors Capstone is a two-unit option for senior-level students. This is a major interdisciplinary research project that may build upon a capstone in the major. It requires at least 120 hours of work. Capstone projects are encouraged but not required.
Study Abroad Opportunities: Students who study abroad for a semester, summer session or WinTerM, and receive a B or better in at least one course of study, will earn one honors unit. Students who study abroad for a full year, and earn B or better in at least one course per semester abroad, will receive two honors units. Study abroad is encouraged but not required.
Each semester all honors students in the college consider an issue and read a related text. Readings are done independently and a date is set for the whole of the Honors College student body to meet to discuss the topic in small groups. Members of the faculty facilitate the small group discussions. The evening ends with each group forming a question or statement summarizing their discussions. Attendance and participation is required to maintain good standing in the Honors College.
Honors Cultural Enhancement Events
Honors events are designed to expand the intellectual breadth of our student body. They include trips to see plays or musical performances, nature-study trips, documentary screenings, service activities or campus speakers among others approved by the Honors College. Students are required to attend a minimum of one enhancement event per year.
Transfer students are encouraged to set up an appointment and meet with the directors to determine eligibility for Honors College and suitability of honors courses and options towards the completion of their majors.
City as Text: Honors freshmen recently explored Menomonie and the area taking photographs, speaking to residents, thinking about the idea of "place" and recording their experiences in notebooks. A blog was set up to bring their reflections together.