Honors in the Major – College of Health & Behavioral Sciences

Communication Sciences & Disorders
Family & Consumer Sciences
Nursing

Physical Therapy
Psychology & Counseling

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Communication Sciences & Disorders

Contact Information

Dee Lance, PhD, CCC-SLP
Professor & Department Chair
dlance@uca.edu
(501) 450-5480
SLHC 127

Department Requirements

  • 72 credit hours completed (12 in the major)
  • Overall GPA of 3.25 or better
  • Major GPA of 3.40 or better
  • Consent of Department Chair
  • Completion of CSD 4350

Family & Consumer Sciences

Contact Information

Nina Roofe, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND
Department Chair, Associate Professor of Nutrition
nroofe@uca.edu
(501) 450-5950
McAlister 100

Department Requirements

  • Overall GPA of 3.70 or better
  • Consent of Department Chair
  • Completion of FACS 4301

Nursing

Contact Information

Susan Gatto, PhD, RN, CNE
Director and Associate Professor, School of Nursing
susang@uca.edu
(501) 450-3119
Doyne Suite 133

Department Requirements

  • Overall GPA of 3.50 or better
  • Major GPA of 3.70 or better
  • Consent of Department Chair

Physical Therapy

Contact Information

Nancy B. Reese, PT, PhD, MHSA
Professor and Chairperson
nancyr@uca.edu
(501) 450-3611
PT Center 303

Department Requirements

  • Overall GPA of 3.70 or better
  • Consent of Department Chair
  • Completion of PTHY 4_83

Department Resources

Department Process

During their junior year, qualified students are invited to become candidates for departmental honors. The student must have earned at least an overall GPA of 3.7.

  1. Students can identify possible mentors by consulting the web pages of the Physical Therapy Department. The student should then make an appointment with prospective mentors to discuss possible projects. On a special note, sponsoring research and other independent projects are exceptionally time consuming for faculty (and students!); faculty that are already over-committed may decline to sponsor a project or may only sponsor projects in particular areas of interest.
  2. The student and faculty mentor will together develop a plan for initiating a project. The student will read relevant articles and prepare a brief proposal to submit to an advisory committee. The advisory committee will consist of two to three faculty in Physical Therapy including the faculty mentor. Upon acceptance of the project the student and the faculty mentor will sign a thesis contract (see below) providing a detailed description for satisfactorily completing the project.
  3. The research project may be completed during the academic year and/or summer. Honors students are required to complete a minimum of three hours of Directed Study in Physical Therapy PTHY 4_83. The Directed Study in Physical Therapy hours may be completed in one to three semesters as agreed upon in the honors thesis contract. The hours will not count towards the core requirement for graduation.
  4. Upon completing the research project, the student will prepare a final written honors thesis to submit to the faculty advisor. The thesis is typically modeled after research articles with introduction, methods, results and discussion sections, but is not limited to this format. The student will also give an oral presentation on the project. Physical Therapy faculty and students will be invited to attend the presentation.
  5. Upon successful completion of the written report and oral presentation, the faculty advisor and advisory committee will review the work and, if appropriate, recommend graduation with honors to the Physical Therapy faculty.

If the faculty agrees to grant honors and the final GPA meets requirements, the honors distinction is noted on the student’s transcript and diploma and is recognized at commencement.


Psychology & Counseling

Contact Information

J. Art Gillaspy
Professor of Psychology, Department Chair
artg@uca.edu
(501) 450-5410
MAS 249

Department Requirements

  • 72 credit hours completed (12 in the major)
  • Overall GPA of 3.00 or better
  • Major GPA of 3.00 or better
  • Consent of Department Chair

Department Process

  1. Student will complete and defend the project before graduation.
  2. Student must give an oral presentation of both a proposal and a defense of his/her project to a committee of faculty (3-5 members) selected by the student and their proposal advisor.
  3. Deadlines related to writing the paper, obtaining ethical approval, collecting data, proposing, and defending the project will be determined by the faculty advisor. Students should anticipate no less than one academic year (or 2 semesters) from development to completion. The typical sequence is as follows:
    • student develops one (or a few) ideas for a research project
    • student finds a faculty member who will serve as an advisor for the project
    • student notifies Ms. Veda Charlton of intent to enter the program
    • student enrolls in PSYC 4380 Independent Readings (optional) and develops a research proposal
    • student presents research proposal document and PowerPoint presentation to 3-5 selected faculty committee
    • student obtains ethical approval for the research project
    • student enrolls in PSYC 4382 Independent Research (optional) and conducts the study
    • student presents final research paper to their committee before the last week of classes the semester the student intends to graduate