Honors Tracks

Honors Experiential Tracks Explore Your Interests. Find Your Community. Gain Experience.

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What are Honors Experiential Tracks?

Tracks are pathways for students to enrich their second or third year around a topic that excites and motivates them. Tracks are open to Honors students and to all Nebraska students with a GPA of 3.5 or above. In addition to up to $1,500 to support experiential learning, students will take courses designed specifically for track students, and have priority access to unique campus and community opportunities. Explore your interests. Find your community. Gain experience.

Honors students participating in a track will complete the same total number of Honors hours and fulfill the same Honors requirements for graduation.

Each track focuses on four pillars, encouraging students to:

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Enroll in UHON 301H and 302H with your track cohort, plus choose a UHON 298H or 395H seminar related to your track. Pursue experiential learning (internship, education abroad, or research project), earning Honors credit through UHON 99H. Participate in special opportunities, such Cooper Conversations, field trips, group volunteer opportunities, workshops, and retreats. Start developing your Honors Senior Project, create an e-portfolio, and work with your peers on engaging group projects.

Experiential Tracks

For the 2022-23 academic year, Honors offers the following four tracks:

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Civic Leaders

Track Leaders: L.J. McElravy and Jordan Soliz

Learn: Enroll in UHON 301H (fall; 1 credit) and 302H (spring; 1 credit), as well as a relevant UHON 298H or 395H (3 credits) seminar, such as Becoming American (298H), Capitalism and Democracy (395H)Dialogue across Difference (298H)Elect to Serve (395H), or Women, Leadership, and Power (298H).

Experience: Gain valuable experience promoting civic health and wellbeing through an Honors internship or co-op. Previous hosts include Catholic Social Services - Immigration Legal Services, Civic Nebraska, The Foundry/nonprofit hub, and Nebraska College of Law. Learn about interfaith dialogue initiatives, attend a city council meeting, and more.

Collaborate: Participate in Cooper Conversations and important civic engagement experiences in the community with your track cohort, engaging with partners such as Nebraska Appleseed and the Public Policy Center.

Create: Engage in community-based group projects, such as developing material for the Do More Good website and conference. Explore issues to identify potential topics for your Honors Senior Project. Create an e-portfolio to display your most meaningful experiences and undergraduate work.

Future Healers

Track Leaders: Jaci Gustafson, Erin Sayer, and Shinya Takahashi

Learn: Enroll in UHON 301H (fall; 1 credit) and 302H (spring; 1 credit), as well as a relevant UHON 298H or 395H (3 credits) seminar, such as Psychological Development in Adolescence and Early Adulthood (395H), Regulating the Global Human Population (395H), or The Science of Kids (395H).

Experience: Develop skills through volunteer opportunities with health-based community partners, health and wellbeing trainings, and professional school application workshops. Site visit examples include the Munroe-Meyer Institute, a free/low-income clinic, and the Nebraska Athletic Performance Lab.

Collaborate: Participate in Cooper Conversations and engage in healthcare industry visits and panel discussions with your track cohort. Past community guests have included medical professionals working in health disparities, professionals working in health administration, and mental health practitioners.

Create: Prepare strong professional or graduate school application materials. Explore a health-related topic for your Honors Senior Project. Create an e-portfolio to display your most meaningful experiences and undergraduate work.

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Global Changemakers

Track Leaders: Emira Ibrahimpašić and Tyler White

Learn: Enroll in UHON 301H (fall; 1 credit) and 302H (spring; 1 credit), as well as a relevant UHON 298H or 395H (3 credits) seminar, such as Becoming American (298H), Capitalism and Democracy (395H), Global Anti-Racism Movements from the Civil Rights Era to Now (298H), The Shaping of Modern America (395H), or You MAD, Bro? Politics of Nuclear Weapons (395H).

Experience: Pending availability, participate in an Honors Global Dialogue study abroad program or career exploration trip to Washington D.C. Engage with global policy issues through an approved internship/co-op, research project, or civic engagement. Previous internship hosts include the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute and Senator Adam Morfeld

Collaborate: Participate in Cooper Conversations, engage with E. N. Thompson Forum on World Issues speakers, meet diplomats in residence, and engage in simulations related to national security or conflict resolution.

Create: Explore potential topics of interest for your Honors Senior Project, as you seek ways to positively impact our increasingly globalized world. Create an e-portfolio to display your most meaningful experiences and undergraduate work.

Sustainability Stewards

Track Leaders: Keeley MacNeill and Hillary Mason

Learn: Enroll in UHON 301H (fall; 1 credit) and 302H (spring; 1 credit), as well as a relevant UHON 298H or 395H (3 credits) seminar, such as Living with our Changing Climate (395H) or Not a Drop to Spare: Water and the Grand Challenges (298H).

Experience: Engage with sustainability and environmental issues through an approved internship/co-op, research, civic engagement, or education abroad experience. Organize community cleanups, plan an Earth Day event, or deliver workshops to K-12 students. Previous internship hosts include GC Resolve (the RegeNEration Proclamation) and the Rural Fellows program.

Collaborate: Participate in Cooper Conversations and valuable site visits and hands-on learning experiences with your track cohort, i.e. engaging with campus and community partners such as the Reller Prairie Field Station, various UNL labs, Greenery at The Bay hydroponic freight farm, Star City Recycling, and local consulting groups restoring wetlands.

Create: Engage in community-based group projects to tackle contemporary environmental issues, using valid and reliable research methods. Identify potential topics of interest for your Honors Senior Project. Create an e-portfolio to display your most meaningful experiences and undergraduate work.

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