The First-Year
Honors Program



The First-Year Honors Program (FHP) offers a unique educational opportunity to a limited number of entering first-year students. As an FHP student, you'll have the opportunity to learn in small groups and establish a sense of community with students of similar abilities. At the end of the first year, you may continue your Honors education by joining your college's Honors Program.

As a student in FHP, you will be placed in the First-Year Honors Seminar (HON 121H), a special section of Library 160, and an Honors section of the first-year English course, Written, Oral, Visual, and Electronic Composition (Engl 250H). These classes form the academic core of the first-year program.

The Honors sections of English 250H emphasize critical reading and communication. Each Honors section is limited to 25 students. The class size allows you to receive individual help from the instructor and also promotes interaction between the class and the instructor.

The First-Year Honors Seminar (HON 121H) meets twice each week in the fall semester. Each section is limited to 10-12 students and is led by two upper-class Honors students. The purpose of the seminar is to help you become familiar with Iowa State, the Honors Program, and other Honors students. The seminar includes an explanation of university policies and procedures and their effects on first-year students, tours of various facilities at Iowa State, and discussions of individual and group educational goals.