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Memos and honors program descriptions related to the UNO Honors Program, College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program, and College of Fine Arts Honors Program.


University of Nebraska at Omaha
College of Arts and Sciences
College of Fine Arts


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Date: May 23, 1977
To: Deans Birdman, Dejnozka, Engelson, Hall, Kerrigan, Muse,
and Newton
From: Barbara Buchalter
Subject: University Honors Program
In order to facilitate the implementation of the University Honors
Program, the following series of actions have been designed after
receiving input from college representatives and advice from Dr.
Hess on how to get this program started.
1. The University Honors Program Guidelines distributed earlier
will be used to provide a framework for operation effective immediately.
There are provisions in these guidelines for a university
committee empowered to amend the guidelines. If there are any
provis · ons in thes e guideli nes not consistent with your college's
pl ans f or an hon or s program, this will provide a means for discus
sion, c l arifi cation, and poss i ble ch ange in uni ve r s i ty guide -
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2. A me et iog wi l l be ca]]ed in Apgqst a£ the Uni versity Hon or~
.E r o gr am Commit tee. Pleas e ___d e~j_gna.!_~ ~me5>_!! ~ .from __ your c:9J_l _~ge
to ser v~ _Ji s . eliai t 111 )111 of your honors. program committee and, according
to the University Honors Program Guidelines, that person shall
serve as your representative on the University Honors Program Committee.
3. Until your college's honor program guidelines are approved by
your faculty and the University Honors Program Committee, applicants
for the honors program will continue to be admitted to the program
now sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences since it is the
only one officially in existence. If your college has not decided
yet if it wants an honors program, please send a representative to
the August meeting anyway since there is no commitment until your
college submits and has approved its guidelines to the committee.
The committee will screen your guidelines only to make certain they
are not in conflict with the University Guidelines which provide the
4. It is anticipated that by the end of the fall semester, 1977,
all colleges wanting an honors program will have guidelines approved
by their faculty and the University Honors Program Com~ittee.
5. Attached are the current guidelines of the
sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences.
indicated an interest in seeing them to aid in
be informed if your students inquire about the
General Honors Program
Some of you have
writing yours and to
Honors Program.
I would appreciate having the name of the chairperson of your honors
program committee prior to August. I will be in Administration 202,
Extension 2338 all summer, if you have any questions.
c~neral Honors Program
College of Arts and Sciences
I. Designation: The College of Arts and Sciences General Honors Program
II. Purpose: To provide highly motivated students an exceptional educational
opportunity, enabling them to challenge and expand their intellectual capabilities
through a special program of multidisciplinary seminars, close
working relationships with distinguished faculty, and participation at an
academic level not generally possible in the usual curricular offerings.
III. Associate Membership: All students entering or enrolled in academic good
sanding in the College of Arts and Sciences may be considered for admission
as an associate member to the Arts and Sciences General Honors Program.
Individuals on their own initiative may apply for admission or they may be
invited to do so by the Program Coordinator; in either case it is recommendec
that application be made during the freshman or sophomore year.
Applications, which will be in the form of an essay written by the student
and including commentary on the applicant's background and reasons for wishinr
to enter the Honors Program, will be reviewed by the Program Coordinator.
Applications may also include materials on spec~alized skills and knowledge.
Following the review and analysis of additional data (entrance scores, grade
records, counselor reports, etc.), the Coordina:or will invite to an interview
those individuals who indicate potential fJr Honors Program participatio~.
Subsequent to the interviews, the Coordinator will invite to Associate
membership in the Program those applicants who have demonstrated strong
probability of benefiting from and contributing to the Program, Although
proven high scholastic performance may aid in this determination, the
primary requirement for associate membership is student interest in pursui:-,,·
an honors program. This is in keeping with the philosophy of the General
Honors Program, which is to provide a means for motivated students to exp2:-ic::
their intellectual horizons. The probationary nature of associate mer;~ e r shi;
allows students to discover for themselves if they are capable of honors ,:or\· . .
Associate members may earn honors credits the same way as members. If an
associate member does not receive full membership by the time he is within
60 credits of receiving his degree, he will be dropped from the progra~.
Full Membershi:e_: Students entering or enrolled in any UNO undergraduate
curriculum otfered by the College of Arts and Sciences are eligible to
participate in the Arts and Sciences General Honors Program.
To receive full membership, the student must fulfill all of the following:
(1) Complete at least one semester as an associate member in an Honors Prograc!
of any UNO college.
(2) Complete at least thirty semester hours of credit with a minimum of twel\'c
of these credits earned at UNO.
(3) Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.00, counting all transfer credits,
as well as those earned at UNO.
(4) Be able to develop a viable program of course work to complete the Honors
Program which requires a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit taken as
a full member of the Honors Program,
With tl1e approval of the dean, the Honors Program Corrunittee wil have the auth,,:ri::··
to admit to the Honors Program as a full member a student who has der.-:onstrated
exceptionally high abi] i ty but who has failed to 1:1easure up to the ?r ,_.-c 1,,:
scholastic entrance requirements.
IV. Requirements:
1. Departmental and College requirements remain the same.
2. Participants who complete a minimum of thirty hours of honors credit with a 3.5
grade point average or higher in all courses for which they received honors crec::,
and whose cumulative grade point average is at least 3.25 (including transfer
credits), will have a suitable notation showing completion of Honors Progran
printed on their diploreas, transcripts, and graduation programs. At least
fifteen of the honors credit hours must be outside the student's major field.
3. A senior thesis on project (see V. 3., second paragraph).
4. The Honors Coordinator will review annually the scholastic record of all partic:pants.
Those whose records show a pattern of withdrawal from courses, or othc~
circumstances which might impede reasonable progress toward the completic.n o'. ·:,
honors program, will be counseled and participation in the program revie,:ed 1 ·. -·
Honors Program Committee upon request of the Honors Coordinator.
Note: Courses taken for Honors credit, including independent studies, ~ay not
be taken on a credit/no-credit basis.
V. :-bnors Program Credit Ho'..lrs: General Honors Prograi-:i credit :-:'Ju:rs rr,a:' :: ·
earned in three ca~egories:
1. Core colloquia, designated as Honors 100 anc. ::o'."':-:'::-'c' -~~ , :
mul tidisci:;,linary, -team-taught colloquia 1,·~ -:.:: -:: . .c. s- /· 'r<-·
changjng each selc!ester, thus repeatable ::·r;r c::--,--C:::. -:.. ·-c..~- - ·
general a~ea sequences will be establishes.
required (o,,e 100 and one 300), with t.welve f_:--·-1::--s '."'.~··7.i;o_::._::_:·
rnaxil!rwn -to be ~i.:,a~~e~. Core colloq1.1ia nay be ~::1-=._::_t-'c. ~ ~;-:2.~,~
si.onal requirements with the permission of -:,:-,e ::::::.·,;ca~~io,.a:'...
Students other than Honors Progra.'Il mem1::le"s r:=:;.:.· ':,e ~'.i".1 :. .,_~ -.,- c: -: .
Honors colloc·..t.:n upcm the reco!TI!Ilendation o: a :ac·.1::. -::.· :-::0:-:-c:c :.:.·. the
apprmral of the Coordinator.
2 . Courses in thA C:ollege of Arts and Sciences des:i.c:,2-':ed b:: t:---,e
Dean as carrying honors credit, selected fr~:-:: se~ester of:e::--i~:::s
which ty~ify th·?. e:1riched curriculum re:;:ires,c::-.-t-,ed h:,- t'.l.e Ge:1e!'al
Honors Progra'1:, especially courses of se:ninar or r:r..11 tic.isciplin,c:"··
na tu::--e. lfoYTJally a r;i2.ximuru of twelve ho·.irs ,~redi t in l10nc::--s
designated cov.rses may be applied toward pro:::rar:: requi:::'e-·:ents,
It should be noted that these courses are ope~ to any stude~t
othervrise eli[ible to take them, and they a:re not by their desiGnation
&s ~o:'"lors credit courses thereby reserved to Honors Prof:ra:::
partici:;::ia:1ts. Tr,e consideration is that cer-'cain courses b::,r virtY'·
of their con":,en"t. and instructors are esteemed -:-o be of Ho:1ors
Prograi~ QUal~ty. Should a department elect to establish a restr~c~~~
ent·y hono!'s -:.y-pe course, that would be the de:;:iar-:;ment' s de2isior..
Certainly suet a c~1rse would be a candidate, however, for honor~
courses "tc br~ Or.·:i,~.=-: ?_~ f2'd t:onors crc1it c0·,L~ ~: r-, c. --.C c ,j?:=..:= r: ~ ·.:·
Dea!1 on the ques.:...,i ;;-:. Cer~2.i:1 co1..1rses ma:, .. °t'·€ cra:-ited c~;:-: ~::..:.:~i·-..
designation as hon:)rS credit courses when-! .ius-:.i fied, obvi a-:inr
acting on these courses every semester.
3, A student me.y cont!"act with instructors in c-:::.~:"" c::;·1rses c: thE:
College ( those not ho?:ors-desiE;nated), incll1di:::i; reac.inr:;s or
independent studies courses. In a contract si~ua"tio~, ~~e E '-~re
Program student will be required to fulfj_ll such require::ie:1ts 2.:-:-:.:
quali ty of work as the instructor deems wor~.r::: of hr:i;10cs ccedi-':.
Contract arranger!'lents \·;ill be ap:;)roved by the Program Coordinat, ·r·.
Normally a ma:~imum o: twelve honor credit hours in con-:-r2.c"'.:; crur::-n:c
may be applied toward program requireme!'lts.
Three to six of the c::mtract hours will be -.:-a~:en d~inr: t~i=, s0c:::..~.~
year with the student engaged in the preparation of a sc~:::.or ~!ie~~
or project. The Coordinator will nominate 2n advisor \·:::'.) ·,·:-:.1~. :_-,.
responsible :or supervision of the thesis or -;:,roject u;)o'.", accep·
tance of the nor:rination. The advisor may reco:-:i..r:iend "to t::e Cc-::-r·::: -
nator addi ti ·,ne.::. rEaderf and an oral defense ~f the ~.:0-,e:::::::.s ::c
Jfote: Nine to twE ve honors credits are stipulated: ·J,cee e2. :: :·.
Eonors 100 u!:.d :-ionors )00, plus three -i:-.0 s::..:·: ::..:-: sec1:..r.r :::.::c.c:-:,c:-.dc:-. ·
studies; rf·:naining hoUTs will be structured :ron t,he o:,~~i,:-:s
described aliove.
Indi vid'...lal s invsl ved in tear.i-te~c hinc a:i P.c~('~s c · J · 'Jc·:..·..::- ,._. __ _
recogn:..zed as bea.!" three credit ho1 11"E' ,c:-:~ l :; 2.-: '>'; :"' :::. :-.'.:·. ::--·::·
with the cred::..t hm:rs generated divided arnc:: ,::: re:::::::- e se,.-_.::.--: ::..-:('~
partici;iatine=; deps.rtments or in such ot:·,e:· :-:-.a,wt::' ?- E' -:.r: c: ")P ;.:·. ,.
participating departoents consider ap'.)ropr::.2te.
VI . Fa cult:,,: Ccre colloquia faculty will be those i!:.str-1.:ctors !lo;r;i:-:2. - ed ':::::·
thei::-- depart~ents e.nd 2ssiQ1P.d by the Dean, a.:'-:e: t !":e lat.t.e""' s c c-·~~~
tation v-ri th the Coo:'dinator, on a semester basis for -:.a::-tici;iat.i :;~ :-:-General
Ho!1ors ::-rogram core colloquia facul ty--r:c,rmally t•.-,o o:'." -:, :,--_:'e '·
semester per colloquiu.'11,
Other faculty participate directly in the Gene.:-al Honors :?rogra.rc
throu_gh co11rses desi&-nated for honors credit, or ~l'1roi.Je;h v12':r> ~ ..T ~ .J... . : - .
Honors Prct=;ra'!l students in contract courses.
VII. Other Activities: Roundtables, guest speakers, disc~ssion sessio~s a!'ld
series will complement the course offerings and be open to ?.11 r.1e'"'1bc:"2
of the University and ci vie community. In addition, concerted effo~·"_c;
will be exerted by the Coordinator to secure for Honors Program stude:~ ·. ~
free or reduced cos"'-:. -tickets to speaker and cul t-1.ITal events 1 plus a-; c es::
to special activities 1·:hich would be attractive to Honors Prorra"TI pe:r":::..c:.pants.
VIII. Facilities: In order t o enhance the prograr:i.' s cohes:::. veness, to :acili ta ·.<>
the workin5 rela-::.i , nshi~s of participants, and "'.:;o provide a :ocal p a ~~~
as an int,ell,~c -::.·,,al cent-er on car..nus, it is s1JGf<'.st2d that, s;,2.ce be :--; l" c,:.::
at the d:::.s , ,-::- s:0.J.. ,:,; -:-,:1e Ge::1eral Ho::1ors ?rogras:i -t: ::~"-·vide o::' ::..ce, st.·.,:c::,
classroom, a;1d disc1.:ssion areas.
IX. Direction: A program coordinc1tor and honors program committee will be respon:,ibl('
for the General Honors Program.
1. The program coordinator will be appointed by the dean, on a released t~~0
arrangement, and will have the following duties:
a. Reviewing, interviewing, and accepting students to the program.
b. Making recormnendations to the dean on honors designated courses and core
colloquia faculty.
c. In collaboration with their regular advisors, advising students on t~Q
Honors Program courses including consulting instructors on course prerequisite
waivers for honors program students, approving contracts
arranged by individual participants and instructors for honors credit,
and verifying to the dean and Registrar students eligible for honors crccit
and Honors Program completion notation on transcripts.
d. Serving as chairperson of the Honors Program Committee and its represent:1t:in·
on any university-wide honors counnittee.
e. Arranging and coordinating all Honors Program activities.
2. The Honors Program Conunittee will consist of three members of the Educationa]
Policy Committee, three members of the Advisory Committee, and one student
member, a full member of the Honors Program elected by associate and full
members of the Arts and Sciences Honors Program, all seven members to serv.c
for one year beginning July 1. The faculty members will be chosen t ·:
the Honors Program Coordinator, in consultation with the chairperso~~ of
the Educational Policy Committee and the Advisory Conunittee, The e: ,.:ction
of the student member shall take place the first week in Hay. Elig;bility
for membership on committee and for voting shall be determined by sLatus in
Honors Program as of Hay 1. To remain on the committee, a student must be
a full member of the Honors Program. Both student and faculty me~bers
have full voting rights on the committee. The responsibilities of the
Honors --P~r-.. ogram Connnittee will be:
a. To implement theseguidelines where action by the committee has been
described herein.
b. To determine all such matters by majority vote.
c. To provide advice to the Honors Program Coordinator upon request.
d. To determine by majority vote all matters related to the Honors Prq;rar:specifically
delegated to someone else by this document,
X. Amending This Document: To amend this document the following procedures will
be followed:
1. Any student or faculty member in Arts and Sciences may request the Honors
Program Corrunittee to amend this document.
2. Such amendments must be approved by the Honors Program Committee before tr.<::y
will be considered by the Educational Policy Committee.
3. If approved by the EPC, then such amendments will be voted on by the facult';
of the College of Arts and Sciences.
4. Approval by a simple majority of the faculty, after sections 1-3 have been
followed, will amend this document.
(, c F
Date: June 16, 19 77
Dr. Barbara Buchalter, Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Robert ~ s istant Dean, College of Fine
University Honors Program UNO
Dean Birdman asked me to reply to your recent memo regarding the
University Honors Program.
As I mentioned to you in private conversation last month, Professor
Harry Duncan, Director of the Fine Arts Press, has been selected to
serve as the Chainnan of the College of Fine Arts Honors Program
Committee. Please feel free to communicate with Professor Duncan
in matters relating to both the University Honors Program and the
College of Fine Arts Honors Program.
XC: Profes·,or Duncan
Dean f. irdman
Due: October 19, 1977
Julia Curtis, Dramatic Arts
Robert G. Ruetz, Assistant Dean, College of Fine Arts
Honors Recommendations from August, 1977 College of Fine Arts
Faculty Retreat
Attached is a copy of honors recommendations presented
by Harry Duncan at the August, 1977 College of Fine Arts
Faculty Retreat, and copies have been sent also to
Educational Policy Committee members as requested by you
through Harry Duncan.
XC: Sidney Buchanan
Richard Duggin
Harry Duncan
Paul Todd
iZF.l 'Oin' OF Ti Ir: cor;r:T 'l'T:.:r:: ( )[! : ;']'[ l])l<i';']' 11( JfWi\'.i P[UJ(;j(j\f~'.)
TH:~ UNIVFf1.'.-;JTY C1F N!·:B:l,1\:;1·:,\ J\'I' Cli'v'.,\111\ '.'.CHOC 1L OF FINE AH'f:3
HET11E,'\ T - 1 L} h/1. Y 1977
Julie Curtis, l'c1i.rici.:1 l[ollin:i, 1);1Viri I.ow, I'aul Todd
(nbs,mt), nnd l!arry ]ju11c~rn (whn · r·ot(: thi::, report).
The leacier::;hin of the Colle1 e of /\rt:, and :;ci.ences
anrl of Dr 0arbnra Euchnlter in e:oL,1,hlishing honors
prorrams within the uni ver:3i ty i:i 110 l. intended to be
rlespotic. Gut j_t cloc5 r:::-il\r Pxir;r:ni tllc estntili.sliment
by other colleges of their O\·n1 horn,r·s progrnms, unlr-:-ss
they are wilJin1; to sul,mi L to r·:t1idcl i nes proposed by
the University Honor.::. l'ro1~n:im ('or'11:1i ttce .. :ucl1 program~~
are now in eff'ect; rmri so fc11' th, Col1cri;e of fine J\.rts
has had little or no initiative rr~irnin.r; its ovm and
he1p.in11; to .fr.:1nH: univcr·sity-wi11r, ::uirlelinc.s in accord
with our scholastic principles arid aim.s.
Gifted fine arts stuch:nt.s inform~11 ly intervie\·1ecJ have
cxnrc:,sod ;imi,it.ion fo1· L:1e Col}r,:·(: !lemon, Pro;T8.m to
develop op;ortunities ror them jn two dir"ctions that
are only app::ircntly contradi.c lory: ( 1) a broadening
of knowledge and (2) a deepening of specializ;:i.tion
within their chosen arts. 1ve should try to satisfy
both desires.
~11 students in the ColJege, not only its more gifted
ones, should be required to bro:,den their knowlecige
of the arts, at least insofar as the offerings of
the College allo\\•: the .c;urvey of .\rt History, Music
Masterpieces, Introduction to the Theater, and Songs
anc Journeys are all courses thnt should be declared
prcrequisi te to admis:,ion to Uw College.
In addttion, honors students should be offered a
colloquium to help them become aware of differences
anct interrelationships among the arts and to enhance
their comprehension and evaluation of particular
works. This course's discipline should prepare studer;
t~:; to attend wi lh understand inf fjomc select fine
arts events in the rerion of Om~h~ (David Low told
hov, this r.1i/:;llt be done for a musical performance,
Julie Curtis for a r-1oy, rmd TriciE1 llollin::; for an
art exhibit) and to jurtge the works with some rliscernment.
i3tudent reports of their experiences may,
but need not be .in the form of a written priper:
the valir! i ty of othrr mr_:ans of communication should
be recoi;i1i::::ed, o.nd dr::11-:ings. mw,ical proposi ti.ons,
poetry, mime, &c. may he employed, A term project
.. ..
reviewing all the areas covercid might have similar
expressionnl latitude, with co-opc~rative ones (a
short dramatic piece, for insbrnce) encouraged.
An examination alonr; the lines of the Princeton
tests coulcl be given at both U1c' rlcf?).rminr; [)nd the
end of tlle course, to shmv stucknts somethinr: of
their competencies nncl/or inabilities and thej_r
pror;ress. 1\ faculty member of the Colle1~e should
co-ordimi te the col 1 oqui um. It should carry at
least four semester hours' credit; at the first
it could be offered only one semester a yer1r.
Honors students in the Colle11;e ~hould be able to
contract for honors credit in courses offereci by
the College faculty, alonr; guidelines laid down for
the University Honors Prop;rc1m.
Apprenticef3hi ps woulcl help to dce;pen students' comprehension
in their chosen arts majors. Fine Arts
Honors students should have the opportunity and
be encouraged to seek out, either on campus or
elsewhere, mnsters to whom to ;:ipprentice themselves
for a semester, with full College credit given for
such work successfully accompli~hed.
A period of time abroad, in Europe, would both
broaden and deepen an honors students' capacity
in the fine arts.

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