Honors College

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Dive into Honors

An Osprey dives to catch its prey in the water.

Join a select group of Honors first-year students for an immersive summer experience.

This special Honors section of Introduction to Oceanography (OCN 150), open only to new Honors freshmen during Summer Session II of 2018, takes advantage of UNCW’s nearby ocean setting and resources like the UNCW Aquaculture Facility and North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Taught MTWR from 10:15 a.m. to 12:20 p.m., this course provides an overview of the oceans and their significance and an in-depth examination of their biologic, chemical, geologic and geographic components.

Students are encouraged to take another class from the choices offered in Summer II session.

To be eligible, honors students must have completed fall 2018 orientation by June 18 and 19.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will I be living?

Because Honors House is being renovated this summer, the 2018 Dive into Honors cohort will be living in the Seahawk Crossing with an Honors Mentor. The Crossing is an upperclassmen apartment-style residence hall with 4, 6, and 8-bedroom layouts; they include 1 bathroom per 2 students. Each apartment has a living room and kitchen. See the floor plan here! Costs are based on single-occupancy rooms. You will need to bring your own bed linen and bath towels. Beds are extra long twins.

An upperclassman Honors Mentor will be living in the Crossing with you and will assist with residence hall programming.

What is the duration of the program?

The program occurs during Summer Session II. In 2018, that is Monday, June 25th to Thursday, July 26th. On-campus housing for Summer II will open at 10 a.m. on June 21st--that will be the earliest that students can move in. Housing closes at 10 a.m. on July 27th.

Will I have to move back home before moving into Honors House for the fall semester, or can I go straight from one to the other?

Yes, you will have to move back home on July 27th and move into Honors housing (Honors House or I-House) on Saturday, August 18th. It's a great opportunity to experience two different types of residence halls!

What is the program cost?

Costs will vary student to student.

Final tuition will depend on whether you choose to take one or two summer courses and how many credit hours they amount to.

Cost for campus housing will be updated on HRL's rates page. (Summer school rates are at the bottom. As of April 2018, the cost for one summer session's housing was $700.00.)

Do I have to purchase a meal plan for Summer II?

We encourage you to purchase a meal plan or food dollars, but you are not required to. Click here for more information about summer meal plans. 

Will I get class credit?

Yes. You will receive 3 hours of credit for OCN 150 and credit for any other UNCW class you may choose to take at the same time.

Tell me more about the OCN class. Who is the instructor and when is the class offered?

Ms. Patti Mason, a member of the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, will be teaching the class. It will meet Monday to Thursday each week from 10:15 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. There will be some field trips in the afternoons or on Fridays or Saturdays.

What did other Honors students think about Dive into Honors?

Great question! See this reflection from Gabrielle Terrill about her experience last year, published in Periplus, the newsletter of the Honors College. 

What is the class description?

The famous oceanographer Jacques Cousteau stated, “Truly, we do live on a 'water planet'. For us, water is that critical issue that we need. It’s the most precious substance on the planet, and it links us to pretty much every environmental issue, including climate change.” Since the oceans have an extensive effect on our planet from regulating climate, erosion, and feeding populations to bordering most of our world’s largest cities, it is essential that as citizens of earth we are “ocean literate.” Oceanography is a science that is highly interdisciplinary, incorporating elements of biology, geology, physics, geography, and chemistry. This course will provide students with an overview of our oceans and their significance and an in-depth examination of its biologic, chemical, geologic, and geographic components. Students should be prepared to actively engage in a restricted-enrollment class setting, contribute to thoughtful class discussions, and participate in a variety of field trips that may include Fort Fisher, the Fort Fisher Aquarium, Wrightsville Beach, the Intracoastal Waterway, UNCW Aquaculture Facility and more. Class work will involve readings, textbook and scientific articles, in-class and Blackboard discussions and writing several papers, a midterm and a final.

Do I have to take OCN 150?

Yes. We have opened this Honors section of Introduction to Oceanography specifically for new Honors freshmen, and entry into the Dive into Honors program is contingent on taking this course. It partially satisfies University Studies II: Approaches and Perspectives/Scientific Approaches to the Natural World, an Honors requirement, and counts towards majors such as Oceanography and Geoscience.

Can I take other summer classes?

Yes. You are welcome and encouraged to take another class from the catalog of classes offered during the Summer II session. We can help you with this when you come to orientation in June!

How many students will be in the program?

We cap the enrollment for OCN 150 at 20, so there will be 20 available spots in the program.

When do I have to go to orientation?

In order to be eligible for the program, incoming students must complete Fall 2018 Orientation by June 18-19. Students signed up for the June 25-26 and August orientation session may not apply because you will not have completed orientation before the beginning of Summer Session II.

How do I apply?

Please complete this application.