The University of Alabama Honors College has one overarching goal: to help exceptional students reach their potential. Creating opportunities for students their first year on campus is a critical part of our mission. Honors Year One is student-directed programming that helps new students engage with their fellow students and with faculty; discover opportunities and interests; and participate in areas of service. Special events, academic opportunities, and other first year-only events address the unique needs of the newest members of the Honors College.

Because of the importance of engaging with the Honors College from the beginning of each student’s academic career, beginning with the freshman class of 2017, all Honors College students will be required to participate in an Honors Year One experience during their first year. HYO experiences engage students with fellow students and with faculty and foster deeper, more meaningful connections to Honors.

The following courses fulfill the Honors Year One requirement for the 2018/2019 academic year:

UH 100: Honors Connection and Honors Connection LLC

UH 102: Common Book-American War

UH 103: Alabama Action, Health Action, Black Belt Action, and Outdoor Action

UH 155: Various Course Titles

  • Cultural Literacy
  • Language, Society, and Transformation
  • Public Service-Post Production
  • Madness in Modern Thought and Culture
  • Youth Culture in Film
  • Work, Play, and Meaning
  • Food for Thought: The Power of Food Narratives to Transform
  • American War and Dystopian Literature
  • Music and Political Movements
  • The Art of Protest
  • Image and Identity
  • Playing a Parable: Judeo-Christian Kingship in Final Fantasy 15
  • Adventure in Literature

Please note, for students in Randall Research Scholars Program, University Fellows Experience, and STEM Path to MBA, UFE 101, RRS 101 and GBA 171 or 172 also fulfill the Honors Year One requirement.

Honors Common Book

Each year, the Honors College selects a book as the Honors Common Book, which all freshmen read, along with faculty and staff. The 2018/19 Honors Common Book is American War, by Omar El Akkad. The book is a dystopian novel, set in late 21st-century America, in which the country is experiencing internal strife, the effects of climate change, and bioterrorism.  In the words of Dr. Brad Tuggle, member of the Honors Common Book selection committee, it “tests and experiments all the ideals that our nation stands for and has stood for: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In the great tradition of literary conversation starters, the book creates and helps sustain real dialogue among readers of disparate political, ethnic,  and ethical identities.”

The Residential College allow students to have access to educational programs and extra-curricular activities exclusive to the Honors College. The Honors community includes the entire Ridgecrest community, including North, South, East, and West, which forms the center of the University’s tightly-knit Honors community. Honors Housing also includes select space within Paty Hall and Blount Hall, which offer different housing styles at different costs.

In addition to the benefits of living with other Honors College students, faculty-in-residence in each residence hall further increase the value of such an opportunity. Residential College faculty-in-residence offer unique programs, social events, and serve as informal advisors for students living in the Residential College.

Dr. George Daniels: Dr. Daniels is an associate professor and assistant dean in the College of Communication and Information Sciences. His research interests include convergence/multimedia journalism, diversity in media, and scholastic journals. Dr. Daniels received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia and has taught at UA since 2009.

Dr. Safiya George : Dr. George is an associate professor in the Capstone College of Nursing and Director of Scholarly Affairs. She obtained her Ph.D. in Nursing and a certificate in Women’s Studies from Emory University and is an board-certified adult nurse practitioner. Her current research examines the sociocultural factors that contribute to high rates of HIV in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Dr. George is FIR in the Honors Connection Living-Learning Community in Ridgecrest West.

Dr. Cajetan Iheka: Dr. Iheka is an assistant professor of English. His research and teaching focus on African and Caribbean literatures and film, postcolonial studies, ecocriticism, and world literature.

Prof. Nathan Parker: Professor Parker is an instructor in the English department. His courses have included Creative Writing, African-American Literature, American Literature, and English Literature. Prof. Parker received a 2018 Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award from the National Alumni Association.

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