Honors Program

The UW-Baraboo/Sauk County Honors Program is an exciting and challenging addition to the undergraduate classroom experience. Honors courses are generally structured as special opportunities for qualified students within already existing classes.

"The Honors Program provides students with a more in-depth and involved experience with UW-Baraboo/Sauk County's already excellent coursework and staff. It's a unique opportunity to engage in a greater interaction with teachers than that already provided by small class sizes. My experience led me from being part of an Honors group that created a chemistry demo show, to reading an original reserach paper in front of students and teachers from throughout the UW colleges, to meeting the Lieutenant Governor at a poster presentation in the Capitol."


– Ryan Petty, UW-BSC Honors alum, now finishing a Ph.D. at UW-Madison

How can Honors courses benefit you?

Each Honors course is designed to provide additional course-related experiences and/or requirements, allowing you to expand your knowledge by exploring the course in greater depth. This special exploration is facilitated through regular one-on-one meetings with your instructor outside class sessions. The additional experiences and requirements in taking a course for Honors are determined individually by the professor for each class available for Honors credit. The Honors Program is truly a unique and valuable opportunity.

Students who successfully complete an Honors project, present a paper at the Honors Symposium, and gain at least a B for the course receive Honors designation for the class on their transcripts.
 Students who complete a minimum of 12 credits in Honors course work, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher, as well as earn the Associate of Arts and Science degree graduate with Honors.

Honors students are invited to prepare a poster to illustrate their research. The student with the best poster has the opportunity to exhibit it at the Capital Rotunda in Madison.

 This Honors Program is a great way to go above and beyond typical classroom setting and enhance your learning experience.


  • New Freshmen: Upper 15% high school class rank or ACT composite score of 27 or higher.
  • Continuing/Transfer Students: Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5.
  • Consent of instructor: Requires completion of a waiver.


  • Enroll in courses offered for Honors credit by registering via PRISM (you will still need to discuss Honors registration with your instructor).
  • Contact the UW-BSC Office of Student Affairs in the Lange Center (608) 355-5230.
  • Discuss your interest with your instructor.

Honors Project Schedule

In regular meetings with their instructors, students’ Honors projects will adhere to the following schedule:

  • 5th week: Final registration of Honors students. Submission of abstract of Honors project, including goal and methodology (2-300 words).
  • 10th week: Completion of Honors research.

  • 12th week: Submission of Honors paper to the instructor.

  • 14th week: Submission of power point or final poster presentation to the Honors coordinator and
 practice of presentation with instructor
  • 15th week: Presentation at Honors Symposium.

Honors Symposium

Each Honors student is required to prepare a 10-minute presentation of his/her Honors project to faculty, staff, and students at the UW-Baraboo/Sauk County campus. Community members may also attend.

Honors Courses for 2013-14

Courses offered with the option for Honors credit during this academic year are at the discretion of the Honors Program coordinator and the instructor of the course. Speak to your instructor if you are interested in pursuing an honors project for a specific course.

Honors Coordinator

Dr. Marc Seals
Associate Professor, English
Umhoefer Building, Room 170
(608) 355-5244

Honors Symposium presentation