The Honors College encourages students to think across discipline-specific boundaries, to envision and articulate connections between disciplines that may not seem to be readily connected, to see applications of their studies beyond the university to a larger global community, and to imagine innovative solutions. The learning outcomes of honors courses include demonstration of superior communication skills, both in writing and speaking, analysis, synthesis, and critical thinking. The capstone project is the exit requirement for the honors program and affords students the opportunity to engage in independent research or creative work, an undertaking particularly valued by potential employers, graduate schools, and professional schools and programs. Similarly, the designation University Honors Scholar on the diploma and transcript is a distinction that provides students with a competitive edge.
The Honors College supports co-curricular activities that include activities to promote civic engagement, global perspectives, and leadership experiences. The honors program awards scholarship money to students in the program to support travel experiences of various kinds, including trips that are part of honors courses, study-abroad endeavors undertaken as part of an academic major, travel related to conferences, and capstone expenses.