• Residential Honors Program
  • Residential Honors Program
  • Residential Honors Program
  • Residential Honors Program

A Message From the Dean:

Aloha and welcome to the Residential Honors Program at Hawaii'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 perrenial 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.

Allison J. Gough, Ph.D

Dean of the Honors Program

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

ACADEMICS:

  • Exclusive Seminar Style Classes
  • One-on-one Mentoring by Leading Scholars
  • Small Class Sizes
  • Self-directed Learning
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  • COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS:

    Study Abroad
  • International Internships
  • Hawaii‘i Internship for international Students
  • Global Marketplace READINESS
    • Competitive Advantage
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RESEARCH:

  • Work With HPU Faculty on Interdisciplinary Projects
  • One-on-one Mentoring by Distinguished Faculty
  • Real World Experience in Global Internships
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CELEBRATE DIVERSITY:

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

  • Live at Historic Aloha Tower
  • Residential Learning Community
  • Priority Accommodation Option
  • Hi-Tech Classrooms
  • Student Lounge
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INTERDISCIPLINARY HONORS SEMINARS:

Sample Honors Seminars

  • “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!

 

SAMPLE CURRICULUM
The Honors Program is a 4-year program, constituting 25-29 credits, approximately 20-25% of credits required for a major and replaces all of the General Education requirements.

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. Emphasis in 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.

How to Apply:

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

Applications for the Residential Honors Program are closed for fall 2017 admission.  The application process will reopen in late summer 2017 for fall 2018 admission.  

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