Honors International Studies Program

Global Experiential Learning

Discover the world, discover yourself!

The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith invites bright, motivated students with strong academic backgrounds, including outstanding high school GPAs, and ACT composite scores at or above 27 to apply to the Honors International Studies Program.
 

Why be an Honors Scholar:

There are numerous advantages to being in the UAFS Honors International Studies Program:
  • Domestic and international study trips
  • Funded travel for one domestic Maymester (student must pay cost of the course)
  • Priority registration
  • Small class sizes
  • Generous honors scholarship opportunities (Deadline for priority application is November 15.)
Learn more about or apply for an Honors International Studies Program Scholarship.
 
Students who complete the Honors International Studies Program are eligible for graduation Cum Honore, will wear special additions to their regalia, be recognized at commencement, and have Honors Program designated on the diploma.  
Honors Program Travel
 
 
Most importantly, you will be equipped with the global and cultural perspectives, and analytical, communications, independent learning, and creative problem-solving skills to achieve all of your goals.
 

Admission to the Program:

Any new UAFS applicant may request admission to the program.  Admission is competitive and the number of applicants accepted will be limited.
 
Applications are considered throughout the year, but the deadline for priority application is December 15th. Students are admitted only at the beginning of each fall semester. Each applicant for the Honors Program will be reviewed individually. For more information, contact Dr. Dennis Siler, director of the Honors Program, at dennis.siler@uafs.edu.
 

Curriculum:

The Honors International Studies Program also consists of a unique honors general education curriculum with international focus, exciting travel study classes, service opportunities, and independent study project options.
 
The honors general education curriculum consists of: 
  • HONR 1101 Introduction to Honors International Studies 
  • Honors classes and symposia in various disciplines
  • Honors Maymester travel, both domestic and foreign
In addition, Honors International Scholars will complete these upper-level requirements: 
  • HONR 3713 Honors Junior Research Seminar (3 hours)
  • HONR 4803 Honors International Studies Capstone (3 hours)
The Honors Program also involves extra-curricular activities, such as participation in conferences, field trips, service projects, and recreational activities. 
 
First- and second-year Honors students are encouraged to take at least two Honors courses per semester. Junior and senior Honors students must complete HONR 3713 Honors Junior Research Seminar (or equivalent) and HONR 4803 Honors International Studies Capstone.
 
This program is designed to deliver a rich international studies-based honors curriculum with the addition of no more than seven credit hours outside regular degree requirements.  Students enrolled in the Honors Program will fulfill the same general education requirements for the degree program in which they are enrolled, but will do so through honors courses which are targeted to this special population of students and which emphasize the international focus of the program. 
 

Contact:

For more information on the Honors Program, contact Dr. Dennis Siler, director of the Honors Program and associate professor of English, at dennis.siler@uafs.edu or 479-788-7537.