What are University Honors and the Honors Capstone Project?
Students in the Hicks Honors College are uniquely eligible to graduate with University Honors. This designation is distinct from Latin honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, cum laude) and from honors in the major, which all UNF students (including Hicks Honors College students) may qualify for. University Honors is therefore a very special opportunity and a most desirable credential that all Hicks Honors College students should strive to attain and be proud to have achieved. Those who do are recognized at commencement and—more importantly—have that designation noted on their permanent UNF transcripts.
To attain this status, Hicks Honors College students in good standing must complete an Honors Capstone Project. While this project may take many forms, in every instance projects should provide students with the occasion to think holistically about their university education, their Hicks Honors College experience, the goals of the Hicks Honors College, and their future ambitions. Typically an Honors Project will be a credit-bearing activity pursued in the context of advanced coursework, or an internship, or a research project, or perhaps study abroad, in conjunction with a student’s major. For that reason, every capstone project requires a discipline-based mentor who must attest to the appropriateness of the learning outcomes of the proposed project (in the pre-capstone proposal phase) and to the satisfactory attainment of those outcomes (in the post-capstone report phase). In addition, each Hicks Honors College student will work with one of three Honors mentors (determined on the basis of the focus of the project) who will review the anticipated relevance of the proposed project to the goals of the Hicks Honors College (in the pre-capstone proposal phase) and the actual resonance between the completed project and the goals of the Hicks Honors College (in the post-capstone report phase).
In light of these expectations, when considering potential projects students should keep both pre and post-capstone guidelines in mind, so that they will develop and complete the most fruitful and rewarding capstone projects possible.
It is important to note again that the Capstone Project may be pursued for academic credit towards meeting any of a student’s graduation requirements. If so, it will be up to the supervising faculty member to determine a student’s grade for the academic, credit-bearing portion of the project. It will be the responsibility of the Honors mentor to determine if the Post-Capstone Report satisfies the requirements of the Hicks Honors College and thus the award of University Honors.
In sum, the Capstone Project is an effort that both “caps” Hicks Honors College students’ educational experiences at UNF, prominently including their participation in the Hicks Honors College, and a launching pad for their future endeavors and aspirations. To identify a topic, students should think about what they want to do when they graduate, and think about how a Capstone experience will help them get there, whether that is to
The Capstone Project will be completed in the junior and/or senior year, but students may begin thinking about potential projects prior to that time. The Capstone must:
One or two semesters in advance:
One semester in advance:
The semester of your Capstone:
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