Union Scholars

Union Scholars—taking learning a step further

Become a Union Scholar

The Union Scholars Honors Program is carefully crafted so students can select from a variety of interdisciplinary courses that explore fine arts, ideas from great thinkers, and contemporary topics. Put simply, Honors strives to offer developing you, the student, an enjoyable atmosphere while they broaden their intellects and broaden their academic accomplishments.

Honors Highlights:

  • Individual assistance with an original research project.
  • Study abroad during international study tours.
  • Cultural and social activities that foster intellectual enrichment.
  • Scholarships for textbooks, the study tour, research and program completion.
  • Friendships with students from a variety of discplines.                                                    

Essential Course Requirements for Graduation with Honors:

  • Three HONS seminar courses. Most are designed to satisfy a GE requirement. (9)
  • The Research and Thesis/Project component (if not included in the major). (4)
  • HONS 395 Study Tour (in summer) or an approved alternate experience. (3)
  • Depending on the major selected, and recognizing that HONS 395 is offered during summer session, completing the Honors requirements will typically replace a total of only 4-7 hours of elective courses.

Apply to the honors program

Learn more about the curriculum

Gain a global perspective

International Study Tour

A global cultural experience is a core goal of the Union Honors program and the international study tour provides the opportunity for scholars to experience differences and similarities in daily lives, religious activities, art, and history in other parts of the world. The tour also emphasizes the development of both teamwork and individual travel skills.

We help you pay for this great experience.

Scholarships and grants

A global cultural experience is a core goal of the Union Honors program and the international study tour provides the opportunity for scholars to experience differences and similarities in daily lives, religious activities, art, and history in other parts of the world. The tour also emphasizes the development of both teamwork and individual travel skills.

Freshman

Freshman textbook award

awarded following year

Sophomore

Freshman textbook award 


Sophomore textbook award

$250


awarded following year

Junior

Sophomore textbook award


Junior textbook award

$250


awarded following year

Senior

Junior textbook award


Senior textbook award

$250


$250

Travel award

Awarded upon completion of approved study abroad

$2,000

Completion award

Awarded upon completion of all scholarship requirements

$1,000

Four year total

$4,000

Honors Research Grants

A limited number of grants of up to $500 are available to Union Scholars to assist with expenses incurred for their Honors thesis or project. Funding typically applies towards the purchase of equipment and supplies, or attendance at a related academic conference. Awarded funds will be
transferred to the student after submission of an expense report approved by the student’s thesis advisor. Eligible scholars must be in good standing in the program.

Apply for the Honors Ogden Research Grant.

You have what it takes to be a Union Scholar.

Admission requirements

Admission to Honors follows completion of a short admission form, available
to interested individuals. The essential requirements are

  • A minimum GPA of 3.50 for both entering freshmen and college students.
  • A minimum composite ACT score of 24 or equivalent (waived for sophomores or above).

Maintaining Membership

To continue in the Honors program, a student is expected to:

  • Enroll in appropriate Honors courses.
  • Receive combined B+ average (3.33) or higher in all honors courses.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.33.

Transfer Policy

Students may transfer into the honors program at the director's discretion. Union College sophomores and transfer students may submit academic petitions to accommodate completion of honors requirements.

Events and Activites

Each semesterScholars are invited to attend various social and cultural activities with the honors program. 

These usually include:

  • Trips to art galleries and museums
  • Attendance at concerts and dramatic performances
  • Sabbath picinics
  • Soup Suppers in faculty homes


Union Scholars Hiking In China

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Union Scholars at Dr. Russell's House

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Union Scholars on the Great Wall of China

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