The Honors Symposium is one of the longest standing traditions in the Burnett Honors College, being the only course all University Honors students take together. 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 theme of cultivating talent and inspiring excellence, as well as emphasizing personal and professional development. Each week, the course will have guest lecturers from campus and in the community who share their professional journeys and the values that have contributed to their accomplishments, speaking on topics such as ethics, creativity, empathy and risk-taking. 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
Benefits for First-Year Burnett Honors Scholars
While being a member of the Burnett Honors College allows for a more applied learning environment, many of our incoming first-year Burnett Honors Scholars may still have questions about how to get involved or find certain resources on campus. Team Leaders are a point of contact for our first-year BHC Scholars during their first semester in college, and can offer advice on fields of study, how to balance academics with co-curricular experiences, and how to plan for future semesters.
As a result of having a Team Leader in Honors Symposium, first-year BHC Scholars will:
- Learn about various campus resources and opportunities that will enhance their educational experience
- Form a beneficial connection to the University of Central Florida and Orlando communities
- Create positive social networks with peers and faculty
- Make a successful transition to the University of Central Florida