Honors in the Major Mission

Vision of Honors Education

Honors Education at the University of Central Arkansas seeks to develop public scholars whose values are shaped by inquiry and exploration; whose deliberate actions are grounded in interdisciplinary understanding; and whose skills as leaders empower them to fulfill their potential to guide change within the university, the community, the state, the nation, and the world.


The core values of Honors Education at UCA, underlying everything we do, include:

  • Academic and Personal Excellence
  • Inquiry and Exploration
  • Integrity and Social Responsibility
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Interdisciplinary Understanding

Mission of the Honors in the Major Program

The Honors in the Major at the University of Central Arkansas identifies undergraduate students who have exhibited exemplary performance in their chosen major, provides them with opportunities to pursue advanced, focused research, scholarship, or creative activity in the student’s primary area of study, and develops them as scholars empowered to fulfill their potential to promote the advancement of knowledge.


The goals of the Honors in the Major Program are:

  • to allow students the opportunity to explore their chosen major in greater depth and with greater personal ownership;
  • to develop their own project and become intimately involved in the process of research and authorship;
  • to develop technical skills in their field, learn how to read relevant literature, and gain invaluable experience communicating their results with oral and written projects;
  • to extend the departmental or disciplinary vision into individual student work in new and creative ways; and
  • to facilitate mentorship and scholarly guidance from a faculty mentor.