The Honors Symposium is one of the longest standing traditions in the Burnett Honors College. This one-credit hour required course is intended to introduce new students to the University through an integrative curriculum that highlights the Burnett Honors College themes of learning, discovery, and engagement. Each week, the course will have guest lecturers who present on their expertise, working towards the end goal of building the foundations for academic and professional success for our students. Students also participate in a variety of co-curricular activities throughout the semester, including attending various UCF and Honors events and workshops throughout the semester.

Under the direction of a Symposium Team Leader, students have the opportunity to discuss their thoughts and observations collaboratively with their group. This group setting helps to further provide incoming Honors freshman with a sense of community within a larger University, offering them the chance to communicate effectively and build social networks.

Working to enhance the quality and breadth of the undergraduate education for our Honors students, the Honors Symposium course strives to achieve the following goals:

  • Foster a sense of identity and community within the Burnett Honors College and UCF
  • Help students make a successful transition to university life
  • Make campus connections through student groups and university resources
  • Develop professional skills and values
  • Develop students’ ability to critically evaluate and communicate information
  • Expose students to undergraduate research, study abroad, and internship opportunities