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Our Mission

The Honors College at the University of Oklahoma provides a supportive and challenging academic program for intellectually motivated undergraduate students. Offering an enriching interdisciplinary curriculum through its diverse programs, the Honors College supports students in a full range of academic pursuits. Carefully designed small classes, a collegial environment, and close advising prepare students for advanced study leading to the bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, or any other bachelors degree offered at the University. The Honors College at the University of Oklahoma seeks to inspire students to a lifetime of broad intellectual curiosity and continuing self-sustained inquiry and personal growth.

News & Events

The Honors College Newsletter

The Fall 2017 Honors Newsletter is now available! This issue features Honors program highlights, and introduction to the new incoming Dean Doug Gaffin, alumni profiles and an article on the history and future of the Four Year Research Experience (FYRE).

The Honors Undergraduate Research Journal 2017

Each spring, THURJ celebrates undergraduate research in all academic disciplines, publishing the best research papers from the previous year written by Honors students as determined by an editorial board of their peers. THURJ Vol. 16 is now available!



President David L. Boren and Associate Dean Rich Hamerla presenting Jeremy Allen the Honors College Outstanding Senior Award for December 2016 graduates.
President David L. Boren and Associate Dean Rich Hamerla presenting Jeremy Allen the Honors College Outstanding Senior Award for December 2016 graduates.

(MHSP) Medical Humanities Scholars Program


The Medical Humanities Scholars Program is a highly selective, sequential BA-MD program that prepares 5-8 incoming high school seniors per year for a career in medicine through an enhanced pre-medical curriculum (MH Minor) that includes extensive coursework in history, literature, fine arts, philosophy, ethics, sociology, anthropology, economics, spirituality, and politics as they relate to health, disease, and the practice of medicine. MH Scholars are expected to develop proficiency in foreign spoken language. Students also engage in service learning and clinical experiences to develop an appreciation for the biopsychosocial dimensions of health and healing. Upon admission into the program, students receive provisional acceptance at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, contingent upon their GPA and MCAT scores.

We are now taking applications for this academic year.

Learn More About MHSP

(UROP) Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program


With the generous support of the Office of the Vice President of Research, the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program offers financial assistance for scholarly and creative projects under the mentorship of a faculty member.  Dozens of research projects are funded each year so that undergraduates may undertake ambitious and exciting research endeavors. This competitive program is open to all University of Oklahoma main campus and Health Science Center students who compete for research grants of up to $1,000 each semester.  Students and faculty from across the University discover the benefits of these hands-on research opportunities in laboratories, studios, libraries, and field sites.  At the conclusion of their work, UROP recipients present the results of their research or accounts of their work in progress at the Honors College’s Undergraduate Research Day, a professional-like conference held in April of each year.

Fall applications will be due Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

Contact Jeff Cooper at or Dr. Rich Hamerla at with questions.

Apply for UROP

Honors at Oxford - October 11, 2017

OU Campus

The Honors at Oxford study abroad program, founded in 1998, offers students the opportunity to live and work in the oldest university in the English-speaking world. The program is open to all Honors students who will have completed one year of college by the time of the trip.

An informational meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 11 at 5:00pm in DLB 180.

More Honors at Oxford Details

Dr. Daniel Mains Receives Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers

Dr. Mains

Daniel Mains has received a Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers to support a one-year residence at Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) in Berlin, Germany.  At ZMO, Mains plans to finalize his book manuscript, Technologies of Development: Infrastructure and Governance in Urban Ethiopia.  Technologies of Development examines how specific forms of urban infrastructure including roads and public transportation networks mediate relationships between citizens and the Ethiopian state.  Research and writing for this project have also been supported by a Fulbright Fellowship, a University of Oklahoma Arts and Humanities Faculty Fellowship, and a University of Oklahoma Humanities Forum Manuscript Development Workshop.
During his Humboldt Fellowship Mains also plans to collaborate with scholars at ZMO on an edited volume that examines the intersection between the construction of infrastructures, states, and lives in Africa. This volume will use ethnographic and historical

Dr. Robert Lifset Awarded Book Prize

Dr. Robert Lifset

Dr. Robert Lifset’s book, Power on the Hudson: Storm King Mountain & The Emergence of Modern American Environmentalism, was awarded the 2016 Herbert H. Lehman Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in New York History by the New York Academy of History. 

Power on the Hudson explores the connections between rising energy demand in post-WW II America and the emergence of modern environmentalism by tracing an iconic environmental struggle on New York’s Hudson River in the 1960s and ‘70s.

In announcing the award, New York Academy of History President and Columbia University Professor Kenneth Jackson said, "This award, named in honor of Governor Herbert H. Lehman, is part of the New York Academy of History’s mission to promote and honor outstanding historical research and writing." The winner was selected by jury from among dozens of books published in 2013, 2014, and 2015.