The goal of honors advising is to assist students in transitioning into a successful college experience, help students become connected to resources and opportunities inside and outside of the classroom, and to be a consistent source of support during the undergraduate experience. Honors Advisors connect with students to empower them to make the most of their time at Cameron University. In the Honors Program, we advise students in ways that will assist them in having a rich and well-rounded undergraduate experience.
First Year Orientation:
The goal of Honors first year orientation is to assist students in the transition from being talented high school students or current Cameron University students to becoming successful students. During the Fall Orientation, the Honors Program staff members are available to offer academic support and guidance targeted to the first year experience.
In the spring semester students meet again with the staff of the Honors Program to follow up on the discussion that was started in the fall during the first year orientation. Progress with academic and personal goals will be discussed. The student and advisor will begin to frame upper-class opportunities including Honors Colloquia and Seminar and Experiential Learning (study abroad, research opportunities, or other creative activity).
Students that have experienced academic difficulty in the fall are required to meet with a staff member of the Office of Extended Learning.
First-Year Students: Potential Honors candidates are identified during the Admissions process, based on High School GPA and SAT scores. Qualified candidates will be invited to opt into the program as incoming freshmen. Students have a high school GPA of 3.4 or higher or a minimum combined math and verbal SAT score of 1,200.
Transfer Students: We welcome the interest of transfer students who have demonstrated a strong academic record at their previous institution. Students from other colleges have a cumulative GPA of 3.2. In addition, all students who were enrolled in an honors program at an Oklahoma public community college or state university are automatically welcome to join the Cameron University Honors program.
The completion of the Honors Program requires 24 credit hours of honors curriculum work (see Honors Program Check Sheet). The credit hours are divided as follows: 1) honors core courses; 2) honors elective courses; and 3) capstone project in the major. In general, honors courses count as general education or electives courses. The specifics about the breakdown are as follow:
12 hours of honors core courses
All Honors Program students are to take a 12 hour core that includes Introduction to Honors Studies, Foundations of Leadership, the Colloquia Great Ideas sequence, and an Honors Seminar.
12 hours of honors elective courses
Honors interdisciplinary courses are offered each semester. Honors hours can, with special permission, be earned for the development of undergraduate research and for service learning projects.
Capstone course work in the major field
These are typically special topics courses and directed study projects for qualified students at a senior level within the major.
Honors Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2. If a student at the end of a regular semester after his/her second regular semester has a cumulative GPA of less that 3.2, s/he will be placed on probation in the Honors Program. If while on probation, the student has a semester GPA that is below 3.2 or receives an "F" in any undergraduate level course at any time, it will be considered grounds for termination from the Honors Program.