Personalized Pathway

The UAB Honors College is dedicated to innovative courses, hands-on experience, service learning, and — most importantly — the individuality and diversity of our brilliant students.

Those learning experiences — and those unique students — just don’t fit into the standard college curriculum. To make sure their curiosity is fed, their passion is pursued, and their fire stays stoked, we guide our students in charting their own course with their own personalized curriculum.

Working with an honors advisor, students develop their interests and talents into goals. They then work together to a personalized curriculum of honors coursework and experiential learning activities tailored to each individual student’s needs.

Honors-Level Courses

UAB Honors College students on our Personalized Pathway must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours of honors-level coursework. Students who choose to earn 30 or more honors credits will receive a special designation from the university.

Honors credits can be earned in any of the following ways:

  1. Courses offered with an HC prefix
  2. Courses offered with an STH, HON, or GCLH prefix
  3. Honors-level course sections offered through academic departments
  4. Honors by Contract*
  5. Courses required for departmental honors programs

*Honors by Contract allows students to augment their experiences in standard courses. Within the first two weeks of the semester, an interested student should meet with a faculty member to devise an honors contract. Contract details vary, but they share a commitment to academic excellence above and beyond the minimum requirements for the course. Some faculty may require additional readings, labs, papers, or research. Others may ask students to complete qualitatively different work while maintaining the same quantity of assignments. Once the faculty member and student have agreed on the contract, they both sign an Honors by Contract form which the faculty member submits to the UAB Honors College. Forms are due no later than the second week of the semester the student is enrolled in the course. 

Honors Seminar

Students are required to complete an honors seminar during their first year in the Honors College. Available seminars will be communicated each semester through the honors advisors.

Experiential Learning

Students are required to complete a minimum of one experiential learning course at UAB.  These courses may include service learning, study abroad, research, or internships.

Courses

HC 101. Honors College Leadership. 1-3 Hour.

This course is the first course in the three-course Honors College leadership series. Specifically, this course is an introduction to the study of leadership; including the study of traits and characteristics of leaders, values & ethics used in leadership, the situational nature of leadership, the importance of Emotional Intelligence in leadership, and the study of leadership as a team activity.

HC 110. Honors Seminar: Special Topics. 1-3 Hour.

Honors College seminar. Course content varies and is based on topics of interest to honors students. Honors students may take in lieu of a First Year Experience course.

HC 111. Honors Seminar in Engineering. 1-3 Hour.

Honors College seminar in Engineering. Course content varies and is based on topics of interest to honors students. Honors students may take in lieu of a First Year Experience (FYE) course.

HC 112. Honors Seminar in Public Health. 3 Hours.

Honors College seminar in Public Health. Course content varies and is based on topics in Public Health of interest to honors students. Freshmen honors students may take in lieu of a First Year Experience course.

HC 113. Honors Seminar in Education. 1-3 Hour.

Honors College seminar in Education. Course content varies and is based on topics of interest to honors students. Honors students may take in lieu of a First Year Experience (FYE) course.

HC 114. Honors Seminar in Business. 1-3 Hour.

Honors College seminar in Business. Course content varies and is based on topics of interest to honors students. Honors students may take in lieu of a First Year Experience (FYE) course.

HC 115. Honors Seminar in Health Professions. 1-3 Hour.

Honors College seminar in Health Professions. Course content varies and is based on health-related topics of interest to honors students. Honors students may take in lieu of a First Year Experience (FYE) course.

HC 116. Honors Seminar in Social and Behavioral Sciences. 1-3 Hour.

Honors College seminar in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Course content varies and is based on topics of interest to honors students. Honors students may take in lieu of a First Year Experience (FYE) course.

HC 117. Honors Seminar in Natural Sciences and Mathematics. 1-3 Hour.

Honors College seminar. Course content varies and is based on topics of interest to honors students. Honors students may take in lieu of a First Year Experience (FYE) course.

HC 118. Honors Seminar in Arts and Humanities. 1-3 Hour.

Honors College seminar in Arts and Humanities. Course content varies and is based on topics of interest to honors students. Honors students may take in lieu of a First Year Experience (FYE) course.

HC 119. Honors Seminar. 1-3 Hour.

Honors College seminar. Course content varies and is based on topics of interest to honors students. Honors students may take in lieu of a First Year Experience (FYE) course.

HC 120. Honors Seminar. 1-3 Hour.

Honors College seminar. Course content varies and is based on topics of interest to honors students. Honors students may take in lieu of a First Year Experience (FYE) course.

HC 201. Leadership Skills. 1-3 Hour.

This course is the second course in the three-course Honors College leadership series. HC 101 focused on leadership principles and individual characteristics that contribute to a leader's style. HC 201 will focus on planning the project to be carried out in HC 301 and on related leadership skills such as communication methods, professionalism and the identification of measureable outcomes.
Prerequisites: HC 101 [Min Grade: C]

HC 300. Contemporary Social Issues, Leadership and Scholarship. 3 Hours.

Analysis of classical and modern foundations and principles of leadership and a survey of contemporary social issues. Practice in scholarship essay writing, interviewing, and critical thinking. Intended for national and international scholarship and fellowship applicants. Enrollment limited to sophomores and juniors.

HC 301. Advanced Leadership Skills and Practice. 1-3 Hour.

Provides students with an opportunity to lead an independent project using leadership principles and skills.
Prerequisites: HC 201 [Min Grade: C]

HC 395. Honors Study Abroad. 3 Hours.

Students will participate in an honors study abroad experience. Instructor and Director of Education Abroad approval required. Must be an Honors College student in good standing. May be repeated for credit.

HC 396. Honors Service Learning. 3 Hours.

Students will propose and complete a service learning project under the supervision of a faculty member. Instructor approval required. Must be an Honors College student in good standing. May be repeated for credit.

HC 397. Honors Independent Study. 3 Hours.

Students will propose and complete an honors-level academic project under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Instructor approval required. Must be an Honors College student in good standing. May be repeated for credit.

HC 398. Honors Undergraduate Research Studies. 3 Hours.

Students will propose and conduct an undergraduate research project under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Instructor approval required. Must be an Honors College student in good standing. May be repeated for credit.

HC 399. Internships or Co-op Studies. 3 Hours.

Students will propose and complete an internship or co-op experience under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Must be an Honors College student in good standing. Instructor approval required. May be repeated for credit.

HC 401. Honors Independent Leadership Project. 1-3 Hour.

Students will propose and complete a leadership experience under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Must be an Honors College student in good standing. Instructor approval required. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisites: HC 301 [Min Grade: C]