Specialized Programs

In addition to our personalized pathways, the UAB Honors College is home to three specialized honors programs. The Global and Community Leadership Honors Program, Science and Technology Honors Program, and University Honors Program require specific curricular and co-curricular experiences to thoroughly explore global and community leadership, science and technology, or interdisciplinary arts and sciences.

Experiential Learning Scholars Program

Director of Honors Advising and Retention: Amy N. Atkisson, MAE

Assistant Director of Honors Advising and Retention: Mellissa Hulsey Taylor, MSEd

The Experiential Learning Scholars Program (ELSP) is designed to enhance students’ academic coursework with pertinent, real-life experiences that take learning to an entirely new level. ELSP students combine service learning, undergraduate research, community engagement, internships, and leadership development into a unique, individualized honors experience.

Based on the outstanding success of this pilot program, the UAB Honors College now incorporates experiential learning for all honors students. Because experiential learning has been expanded to include all of our students, we are no longer accepting applications for this program. However, the ELSP ethos of integrating coursework with experiential learning lives on in the UAB Honors College. ELSP alumni can be proud to have piloted such an exceptional program, which has made a lasting imprint on the UAB Honors College.

Current ELSP students will continue their existing program requirements through graduation.

Experiential Learning Courses

EL 199. Honors Experiential Learning Plan. 0 Hours.

Provides an opportunity for a customized learning plan to integrate the student's values, goals, academic plan to include but not limited to applicable and relevant research, service learning, and study abroad experiences.

EL 299. Experiential Learning Activity. 0 Hours.

Expansion of EL 199. Requires student engagement in the activities outlined in the Honors Experiential Learning Plan.

EL 499. Senior Honors Project. 0 Hours.

Cumulative synthesis of the student's academic, real-world, and unique experiences in the field which is shared with other students and faculty.