Honors Program

Katherine Swanson

Katherine Swanson (right) with her honors project adviser, Dr. Ann Smiley-Oyen.

The honors program helps high ability students expand their potential, both at the university level and within the College of Human Sciences (CHS). We offer educational and intellectual opportunities to work with faculty and staff members in your major in the classroom, in research, and in professional development. The College of Human Sciences Honors Program is affiliated with the Iowa State University Honors Program.

Benefits of joining honors

Members of the honors program are given priority scheduling. For example, if you will be a sophomore at the end of the semester, your registration start date will be the first day for juniors. This helps to ensure that honors students are able to complete their individualized academic programs. Early registration is especially helpful for Kinesiology students juggling numerous lab classes and other scheduling issues.

Visit the University Honors Program and college honors program for additional benefits such as computer facilities, honors courses and seminars, extended loan privileges at the library, use of the Jischke Honors Building 24-7, residence hall options, honors activities, and conferences, and more!

When to join honors

In freshman honors. If you are currently a member of the freshman honors program, you should apply to the College of Human Sciences Honors Program during the second semester of your freshman year.

Currently not in program. If you are not in the freshman honors program, but your Iowa State grade point average is 3.5 or above, you may apply to the honors program at any time by filling out the University Honors Program Application.

Join early. Students typically need at least three semesters to complete all of the requirements to graduate with honors, so join as early as possible.

Deadlines. Application deadlines are typically early September and early February for students to receive priority registration privileges for the next semester.

Complete the application for the University Honors Program and submit it to the Honors Office in the Jischke Building. If you are accepted at the university level, your application is sent to the College of Human Sciences for review. You will be then be invited to a college-wide orientation meeting where the requirements and deadlines are clarified.

Honors process overview

See the College of Human Sciences web site for honors details for each step of the process.

Step 1 Get great grades and apply to the University Honors Program.
Step 2 After acceptance, attend an orientation session within the College of
Human Sciences.
Step 3 Submit your program of study (long term academic plan) to the College of Human Sciences.
Step 4 Focus on your honors project.
Step 5 Present the findings of your project.
Step 6 Graduate with honors.