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Welcome to Hicks Honors College

The Hicks Honors College fosters the enlightenment, empowerment and ennoblement of Honors students. It does so by facilitating the acquisition of knowledge, skills and values that will inspire students to be effective life-long learners and critical thinkers; by giving students confidence to venture forth into and participate actively in communities beyond those with which they are most immediately conversant and comfortable; and finally by encouraging students to serve or contribute to those communities in lasting and tangible ways by putting their knowledge, skill and values to meaningful use.



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The Hicks Honors College offers a comprehensive four-year program with hands-on, in-depth learning. This experience is based on five areas of development: 


CRITICAL THINKING - Honors students develop skills in analysis and synthesis through a range of discussion-based active learning and writing-based classes. 

LEADERSHIP - Honors students develop intrinsic leadership skills in the context of their academic, career and personal goals.

ENGAGEMENT - Honors students take responsibility for learning outside of the classroom.

INTERDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVE - Honors students make valuable connections between academic disciplines through interdisciplinary courses.

GLOBAL AWARENESS - Honors students gain an awareness of issues in a global context, preparing them for the diverse world in which they will live and work. 


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Meet the Dean

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At the University of North Florida, Honors is an interdisciplinary program designed for high-achieving students that emphasizes experiential and active learning in small classes. The Hicks Honors College provides you with a personalized educated usually only available at small liberal arts colleges while still offering all the resources of a state university. Our students represent the best that every new class of Ospreys has to offer: students with high intellectual ability, a strong work ethic and a desire to get the most out of their college experience, both academically and socially.

Dr. Jeff Chamberlain