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. Honors College classes and experiences that fulfill the HYO requirement for Fall 2017/Spring 2018 are listed below. Registration for spring HYO courses will begin during freshman registration, beginning Nov. 14.

Fall 2017 Courses

UH100 – Honors Connections
UH100 – Freshman Seminars
UH101 – Understanding Poverty
CBH101 – Computer Based Honors
UH103 – Honors Action
UH120 – Freshman Common Book
UH155 – Freshman Humanities
UH210 – Freshman Fine Arts

Spring 2018 Honors Year One Courses

In spring semester, Honors College is offering Honors Year One courses for students who have not yet completed this requirement in the Fall or Fall II semesters. The HYO courses listed below will be opened only during freshman registration to allow those students who need an HYO class to register. The list below includes Spring and Spring II courses. Spring II courses are under the number UH 120; all HYO courses are labeled HYO Only in mybama. Registration for Spring II courses will open January 18, 2018. 

Please note, we will be adding more HYO courses so keep checking mybama!  Students who took an HYO course in the fall do not need to take one of these courses in the spring.

Course Level Section Title
UH 100 ALL Sections HYO: Honors Connections (TBA)
UH 100 321 HYO: Programing for NonProgramers
UH 101 974 Survey: Social Change
UH 105 977 HnMentoring: College Readiness
UH 105 978 HnMentoring: College Readiness
UH 120 006 HnExpl: The Etiquette Advantage
UH 120 012 HnExpl: Society, Systems & Alabama’s Black Belt
UH 120 027 HnExpl: CommonBook/Orphan Train
UH 120 028 HnExpl: Ready Player One
UH 120 051 HnExpl: Orphan Train (Spring II)
UH 120 322 HnExpl: Law and Social Change
UH 120 326 HnExpl: Orphan Train (Spring II)
UH 120 056 HnExpl: Engineering Metaphysics (Spring II)
UH 120 329 HnExpl: Health: Yours and Ours (Spring II)
UH 155 001 FrSem: Language Society & Transformation
UH 155 002 FrSem: Work, Play and Meaning
UH 155 003 FrSem: Cultural Literacy
UH 155 004 FrSem: Literature and Film
UH 155 005 FrSem: Music and Political Movements
UH 155 006 FrSem: Epidemics In Lit And Film
UH 155 007 FrSem: Youth Culture In Film
UH 155 008 FrSem: Digital Narrative & Social Change
UH 155 009 FrSem: Judeo Christian Kingship
UH 155 320 FrSem: Concepts Of Citizenship
UH 201 001 Honors: Classics and Western Culture
UH 210 002 HnFinArt: Film and the Environment
UH 210 003 HnFinArt: Book Arts
UH 210 006 HnFinArt: Art for Life’s Sake
      Breakout Session
UH 210 007 HnFinArt: Art for Life’s Sake
Breakout Session
UH 210 008 HnFinArt: Art for Life’s Sake
UH 210 019 HnFinArt: Art and Ecology
UH 210 021 HnFinArt: Kubrick/Beyond the Infinite
UH 210 023 HnFinArt: Screenwriting a Scene
UH 300 032 Sem: Research in Paleohydrology


Click here to learn more about registering for classes the first year.

HYO interns help facilitate the experience of first year students through the Honors Connections class and other programs and events. Future interns need to be positive, enthusiastic, and work well in a group setting. The application for interns for 2018/2019 is now available and must be submitted by January 19, 2018. Interviews will begin January 22. Click here for the HYO Intern Application. Completed applications, along with resume and cover letter, should be emailed to

Each year, the Honors College selects a book as the Honors Common Book, which all freshmen read, along with faculty and staff. The 2017/18 Honors Common Book is Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline. The story of an unlikely friendship between an elderly woman-an orphan train rider from the early 20th century-and a foster youth, Orphan Train addresses issues of identity, family, and the ways in which the past impacts our futures.

Since the publication of Orphan Train, the author has written an additional chapter, which is available in new editions of the book. Click here to read “Vivian’s Choice.”

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. 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.

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