Residential Honors

The HPU Honors program is designed to help exceptionally capable and motivated students get the most out of their college experience. Through a rich program of challenging coursework, meaningful research, creative endeavors, and an international study abroad experience, the program gives students the tools and opportunities to excel intellectually and academically.
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Message from the Dean

allison-gough-2798e.jpgAloha and welcome to the Residential Honors Program at Hawai'i Pacific University. The RHP is a unique and innovative program offering students the opportunity of an enhanced educational experience centered in one of the most culturally diverse cities in the United States. Honors students are drawn from all majors across the University but are part of a distinctive living and learning community centered at the historic Aloha Tower Marketplace in the heart of Honolulu. Through its core of small, interdisciplinary seminars, our program encourages students to think outside the box and explore the world's perennial and most pressing issues from multiple perspectives. More than a classroom experience, the honors program incorporates international experiences, both abroad and in Honolulu, into the honors adventure, as well as community engagement projects designed to deepen student understanding of the Pacific world. Our outstanding and international honors faculty offer students individualized mentorship and opportunities for advanced academic and creative research and work alongside our students on projects within their majors and within the honors program. Students in the program are invited to become more than recipients of learning as they become self-directed learners and mentors, and help to build and preserve our exceptional program for future generations. I look forward to working with you in helping to shape our shared future.

Dean of the Honors Program,
Allison J. Gough, Ph.D

 

Academics

  • Exclusive Seminar Style Classes
  • One-on-one Mentoring by Leading Scholars
  • Small Class Sizes
  • Interdisciplinary and Team Taught Courses
  • Priority Registration for All Courses
  • Experiential Learning

Community connections

  • Study Abroad Program Included
  • International and Hawai'i Based Internship Opportunities
  • Global Marketplace Readiness
  • Community Extra-Curricular Experiences
  • Competitive Advantage

research

  • Work With HPU Faculty on Interdisciplinary Projects
  • One-on-one Mentoring by Distinguished Faculty
  • Real World Experience Internship Opportunities

celebrate diversity

  • Multicultural Environment Unique to Hawai‘i
  • HPU is #1 in Diversity
  • Live and Study at the Crossroads of East Meets West

Living and learning COMMUNITY

  • Live at Historic Aloha Tower
  • Residential Learning Community
  • Hi-Tech Classrooms
  • Residential Honors Faculty in Residence

interdisciplinary seminars (samples):

  • “Damn It Jim! I’m a Writer not a Scientist:” Science Fiction or Science Fact?
  • Sinners and Sociopaths: Understanding Evil
  • Big Data, Nudges, Gamification and Societal Change
  • Changing Your Latitude: Exploring Hawai'i and the Pacific
  • Plastic Fantastic!

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CURRICULUM
The Honors Program is a 4-year program, constituting 25-29 credits, approximately 20-25% of credits required for a major.  Residential Honors Students do not have to take General Education Requirements (36 credits) unless a General Education class is necessary for their major field of study.  Residential Honors students thus have the opportunity to develop minor fields or a double major

YEAR ONE
HON 1000: FRESHMAN HONORS SEMINAR I: BEGINNING HONORS
Through an investigation of specific topics, the course is designed to orient students to higher-level academic work and to examine the relationship of the life of the mind to the world outside college. All honors students must take this course in the fall of their freshman year.
4 credits.


HON 1100: FRESHMAN HONORS SEMINAR II: EXPLORING HAWAII‘I AND THE PACIFIC
Through an interdisciplinary seminar students will deepen their understanding of Hawaii‘i and the Pacific region. Emphasisin this course is on direct involvement with the Hawaii‘i and Pacific community and environment, experiential learning, and the transfer of theory to problem solving outside of the classroom. All honors students must take this course in the spring of their freshman year.
4 credits.

YEAR TWO
HON 2000: SOPHOMORE HONORS SEMINAR I:
This interdisciplinary seminar is specifically targeted to develop important analytical skills through the practice of quantitative analysis and formal symbolic reasoning. Courses focus on the presentation and evaluation of evidence and argument and the understanding of the use and misuse of data. Topics will vary depending upon instructors. Students take this seminar in the fall of their sophomore year.
4 credits.


HON 2100 AND 2200: SOPHOMORE HONORS SEMINARS II AND III:
These interdisciplinary seminars are taken concurrently in the spring semester of the sophomore year. The seminars take skills developed in freshman honors courses and apply them in an interdisciplinary analysis of critical and enduring issues. Students will grapple with important texts and ideas which require careful analysis and reflection. Courses are team taught by faculty from differing disciplines and topics will vary depending upon on the instructors.
4 credits.

YEAR THREE
HON 3000: JUNIOR HONORS COLLOQUIUM:
This seminar helps students to build the skills necessary for the successful completion of their senior honors project.
3 credits.

YEAR FOUR
HON 4900 AND 4901: SENIOR HONORS PROJECT:
All Honors students are required to complete a senior honors project. This Honors project may take the form of a thesis, but in all cases the experience will be a mentored research or creative project. The project will span at least 2 academic semesters (HON 4900 and HON 4901) and display a high level of intellectual ability or creativity across at least 2 distinct disciplines. A product of the first semester will be a project proposal, and, as a culminating experience of the second semester, all thesis students will give an oral presentation and lead a discussion of their work at the HPU honors symposium. Students are also encouraged to present their work at other venues such as an honors or undergraduate research conference or a professional conference. Senior honors projects may be completed in the student’s major or in the honors program but must contain an interdisciplinary element.
2-6 credits.

Application/REQUIREMENTS:   The application process is an holistic one.  We will look at ACT/SAT scores and high school GPAs but there are no official minimum scores.  We are looking for students, majoring in any discipline, who:

  • Are creative
  • Enjoy thinking outside the box
  • Are entrepreneurial
  • Want to develop leadership skills
  • Enjoy a multicultural, diverse environment
  • Want to be challenged academically

MAINTAINING ACADEMIC GOOD STANDING: Students must:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 by the end of their freshman year at HPU
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.4 through their sophomore, junior and senior years
  • Complete all co and extra-curricular requirements, including the cohort study abroad program
  • Be in residence in the Waterfront Lofts at Aloha Tower Marketplace in their freshman and sophomore years
  • Adhere to the Residential Honors Code

Our faculty are drawn from across the HPU community and are leading practictioners in their field.  Each seminar through the sophomore year is team taught by faculty from two differing disciplines.

Tyler McMahon, MFA, HON 1000

Associate Professor of English

1060 Bishop Street, Suite 507 (LB)

(808) 544-1107.  tmcmahon@hpu.edu

 

GEORGIANNA MARTIN, PH.D., HON 1000

Assistant Professor of Physics

Hawaii Loa AC 206C

(808) 544-08109. gmartin@hpu.edu

 

MICHAEL ERICKSON, PH.D., HON 1000

Associate Professor of Psychology, Director of Honors Programs

1166 Fort Street Mall, FS 201-A

(808) 356-5211. merickson@hpu.edu

 

Timothy fallis, ph.d., HON 1000

Assistant Professor of Communication

1166 Fort Street Mall, FS 205

(808) 544-0824. tfallis@hpu.edu

 

MICHELINE SOONG, PH.D., HON 1100

Associate Professor of English

1188 Fort Street Mall, MP Suite 201 F 

(808) 544-0809. msoong@hpu.edu

 

CAROLYN JONES, PH.D., HON 1100

Associate Professor of Biology

Hawaii Loa, 206C

(808) 236-5839. cjones@hpu.edu

 

JON DAVIDANN, PH.D., HON 1100

Professor of History

1188 Fort Street Mall, FS 325

(808) 544-0811. jdavidann@hpu.edu

 

ANDREW GREENE, PH.D., HON 1100

Assistant Professor of Environmental Science

Hawaii Loa, AC 311C

(808) 236-7906. agreene@hpu.edu

 

KATHERINE AUMER, PH.D, HON 2000

Associate Professor of Psychology

1166 Fort Street Mall, FS 309

(808) 544-0804. kaumer@hpu.edu

 

TARA DAVIS, PH.D, HON 2000

Associate Professor of Math

1188 Fort Street Mall, MP Mezz 252

(808) 544-0856. tdavis@hpu.edu

 

TERESA MCCREARY, PH.D., HON 2100

Associate Professor of Music

1060 Bishop Street, Penthouse 1 (LB)

(808) 544-0887.  tmccreary@hpu.edu

 

RUSSELL ALFONSO, PH.D., HON 2100

Assistant Professor of Humanities

1188 Fort Street Mall, Suite 406 (MP)

(808) 544-9389. ralfonso@hpu.edu

 

REGINA OSTERGAARD-KLEM, pH.D., HON 2200

Associate Professor of Environmental Science

Hawaii Loa, AC 242B

(808) 566-2492. rosergaardklem@hpu.edu

 

DAVID HORGEN, PH.D., Honors Advisor

Professor of Chemistry

Hawaii Loa, AC 103

(808) 236-5864. dhorgen@hpu.edu

 

ALLISON GOUGH, PH.D., Honors Advisor

Associate Professor of History

FS Suite 200, 1166 Fort Street Mall

(808) 544-1109. agough@hpu.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Apply

The priority application deadline is DECEMBER 1, 2017.  Priority consideration will be given to those who submit their admissions application and HPU Honors application by this date. If you meet the priority deadline you will receive your honor's decision by December 31, 2017.

 

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For more information regarding the Residential Honors Program please contact:
Allison Gough, Ph.D,  Dean of the Honors Program,  Suite 208, 1166 Fort Street, Honolulu, HI 96813, 808-544-1109, honors@hpu.edu