Schedler Honors College

Dean and Associate Professor: P. Smith (EdD), 450-5295
Associate Dean: L. Horton (PhD)
Professor: D. Bowman (PhD), A. Frank (PhD), A. Wallace (PhD)
Associate Professor: E. Hostetter (PhD)
Lecturer: D. Corbitt (MA), C. Lea (JD)

[1] Purposes

The Schedler Honors College recognizes that highly motivated and able students have special educational needs. In order to help meet their needs, the college gives these students the opportunity

  1. To take a series of specially designed courses.
  2. To participate in a peer community of students with similar abilities.
  3. To participate in a variety of co-curricular academic experiences.
  4. To receive individualized instruction in an Oxford tutorial.
  5. To produce a Capstone Project and present it before faculty and students.

[2] General Information

The Honors Program. The Honors Program consists of the Honors core courses, a multi-course sequence called The Human Search. These courses are for freshmen and sophomores and fulfill UCA Core requirements. Honors core courses are broad in scope, transcend disciplinary boundaries, and can be taught by a team of professors from different academic disciplines.

The Honors College. The Honors College curriculum consists of a fifteen-hour Honors Interdisciplinary Studies minor. At the center of the curriculum is undergraduate scholarship: the Oxford Tutorial, in which a student works one-on-one with a professor on a proposal for a capstone project, and the Honors Capstone, in which the student completes a capstone project of his or her own design. The Honors College is for juniors and seniors invited from those students completing the Honors Program.

The Honors Center. The Schedler Honors College is much more than a sequence of courses. In order for the educational process to be at the center of the student’s life, a physical place is needed where faculty and students gather for good conversation. The Honors Center has seminar rooms, the Forum, study rooms with computers, a specially designed presentation room, and faculty and staff offices. Students and faculty come to the Honors Center to study, meet with each other, work on group projects, socialize, and engage in discussion. In addition, speakers, seminars, workshops, High Tables (regular discussion accompanied by good food), films and videos all provide the occasion to keep the conversation going. The Honors Center is a focal point for the social and intellectual activity of the Schedler Honors College.

Special Events. Each year the Schedler Honors College sponsors a series of lecture and performance events such as Challenge Week for the entire campus and central Arkansas community. Nationally prominent figures are invited to speak and spend time interacting with students and faculty. In addition, weekend retreats and special banquets are held for members of the Honors community.

[3] Grants Programs

Funds are available for study abroad (Travel Abroad Grants) and research internships (Undergraduate Research Grants for Education). Eligible Schedler Honors Scholars prepare grant proposals, and monies are awarded on a competitive basis.

4] Honors Residence Hall

In addition to special instruction, Honors Scholars occupy a specially designated residence hall, Farris Honors Hall. The atmosphere reinforces the learning and friendships developed through the program, and selected Honors students act as live-in mentors, technology associates, and residential advisers. Application to the honors residence hall is through the Housing Department. Those students who have been accepted into the Schedler Honors College at the time of housing assignments will be placed in the honors residence hall based on space availability.

[5] Admission Requirements

The Schedler Honors College limits enrollment. For admission requirements and more information, contact

Dr. Patricia Smith
McAlister Hall 306/Box 5024
University of Central Arkansas
Conway, Arkansas 72035-5000
Telephone: (501) 450-3198 or (501) 450-5295
Abbreviation Key – UCA Core Program

[6] Honors Program Courses (HONC)

[6.1] Honors Core: The Human Search

HONC 1310 Honors Core I
HONC 1320 Honors Core II
HONC 2310 Honors Core III
HONC 2320 Honors Core IV

Follow this link for HONC – Honors Core course descriptions: course link.

[6.2] Fifteen-Hour Minor in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies

HONC 3310 Honors Seminar (should be repeated for a total of 6 hours)
HONC 3320 Honors Oxford Tutorial [ UD UCA Core: C, I ]
HONC 4310 Honors Senior Seminar [ UD UCA Core: D, R ]
HONC 4320 Honors Capstone [ UD UCA Core: Z ]

Follow this link for HONC – Minor in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies course descriptions: course link.

[7] Schedler Honors College Graduation Requirements

To complete the minor in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies, a student must take 9 hours of Honors seminars and the Oxford Tutorial and complete a Capstone Project with an oral presentation. (See section 6.2)