University Honors Program

The University Honors Program (UHP) prepares undergraduate students for their future by emphasizing a broad-based education in the humanities and sciences, and fostering a culture of intellectual curiosity. UHP is supported by expert faculty, advisors, and a community of like-minded students who are committed to exploring diverse academic interests.

Invited students will experience an engaging environment that encourages students to reach their full academic potential.

Students in the UHP program enroll in distinctive courses that provide opportunities to travel, complete independent research projects, and engage in Oxford seminar style coursework.

A community of scholars who relish academic challenges and life's adventures.

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The University Honors Program is the Heart of SMU's Intellectual Community

UHP News and Events

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    New UHP Class offered Spring 2024!

    UHP 3301: Writing for Stem Fields with Professor Lydia Allen

    Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM
    Proposed CC: Writing, Oral Communication

    Designed to equip students with the communication skills necessary to excel in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).  In today’s interconnected world, effective communication is a fundamental skill that complements technical expertise and enhances career opportunities.  This course focuses on developing students’ abilities to convey complex STEM concepts clearly, persuasively, and ethically, whether through written, oral, or visual means.  This course emphasizes the significance of effective communication in STEM fields, including its role in research dissemination, and public engagement.


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    The Physics of Video Games and Gaming

    The Grand Challenge Problem is an open-ended, non-textbook question or prompt that invites students to

    • Identify the framework or scenario for their investigation of the prompt
    • Identify aspects within the framework that need to be investigated.
    • Use introductory physics concepts to explore the aspects and arrive at conclusions about them.

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