University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Davidson Honors College

Timothy Nichols, Dean

Set in the awesome natural beauty of western Montana, we are a vibrant, inclusive intellectual community providing transformative educational opportunities and dedicated to strengthening our positive impacts on the world.


We engage diverse students through distinctive educational experiences that fuel their growth and empowerment, and position them for success. We are respected for our innovative, impactful approaches, individual and collaborative scholarship, integrity, and holistic student support. We lift one another up, and are a positive force in the lives of our students, our campus, our community, and the world.


  • Education of the whole person
  • Critical thinking, academic rigor and excellence
  • Authentic collaboration and interdisciplinary approaches
  • Experiential and place-based learning
  • Curiosity, creativity, inquiry, innovation and discovery
  • Dialogue, reflection and meaning making
  • Grit, resilience and risk taking
  • Intellectual confidence and humility
  • Global and cross-cultural perspectives, diversity and equity
  • Passion, compassion, integrity and justice
  • Deep engagement and love of learning
  • Sustainable practices and environmental stewardship


Learning Outcomes

We prepare thoughtful, informed, agile and impactful citizens. Our students are thinkers, doers, explorers, creators, servants, leaders, and agents of positive change. Through curricular and co-curricular experiences, they are equipped with new ways of knowing, seeing, doing and being in the world.

Through their experience in the DHC, they build capacity for:

  • Collection, analysis, and synthesis of information;
  • Excellence in oral, written, interpersonal and digital communication;
  • Independent and collaborative work, problem solving and community engagement;
  • Learning and reflection about their own and others’ experiences;
  • Ethical, original, creative, and critical thought and action;
  • A meaningful life and future personal and professional success.

To graduate with University Scholar distinction, students complete the following requirements:

Complete all of the following:
HONR 120Introduction to Honors1
HONR 121LWays of Knowing3
HONR 394Honors Seminar3
One Departmental Honors Course. These are courses designated with the section number "80."3
Experiential Learning and reflection. This could include internships, service learning or study abroad. See your Honors advisor for other courses that may fulfill this requirement.2-3
Two additional Honors Electives6
This could include:
Interdisciplinary colloquia
Departmental honors courses
Experiential courses
HONR 320EArt of Inquiry: Research and Capstone Seminar (or an approved departmental methods course. See your Honors advisor for other courses that may fulfill this requirement.)3
Capstone Honors Project. See your Honors advisor about arranging senior Honors capstone project. The honors capstone is an original piece of scholarly or creative work completed under the direction of a faculty mentor and relevant to the students’ academic and professional interests and aspirations.3
Portfolio. DHC students also complete an e-portfolio documenting achievement of honors learning outcomes.
Total Hours24-25

Graduating as a University Scholar

Students wishing to graduate with University Scholar distinction must complete the curricular requirements above at a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Students complete a DHC application for graduation, in addition to their UM graduation application. University Scholars are awarded the Davidson Honors College Medallion which is presented at a special ceremony prior to University Commencement. ‘University Scholar’ is noted on their diplomas.

Admission to the DHC

Incoming students should apply to the Davidson Honors College as a supplement to their University of Montana application. This application receives a holistic review of materials including transcripts, short-answer responses, and optional test scores and letter of recommendation. Incoming students who apply by the first Friday in December will be considered for Davidson Honors College Scholarships.

Current University of Montana students who wish to enroll as a student in the Davidson Honors College complete a separate application available on the college’s website.


Students in the Davidson Honors College receive supplemental advising support from the DHC. All students are assigned an honors advisor who assists them with planning for and implementing their honors requirements, alongside those of their academic major(s), minor(s), and certificates. Major and program specific advising is facilitated by the students’ primary academic advisor. In addition, the DHC offers support for students in areas such as career development, undergraduate research, and pursuit of externally-funded scholarships and fellowships.

Opportunities for Involvement

The DHC is home to an active Honors Student Association, a team of honors Learning Assistants, DHC Ambassadors, and Honors Living and Learning Community, and a Dean’s Student Advisory Council. Honors students are also involved across the university in student government, as athletes, artists, and performers, as servants of the community, and as leaders in a wide-range of departmental, college, and special interest organizations. The college hosts activities each year designed to build community, prepare students for their academic and professional aspirations, and to add value to and to elevate, enrich, and enliven their undergraduate experiences at UM.

For More Information, contact:

Davidson Honors College

Timothy Nichols, Dean and Professor

Davidson Honors College room 104

32 Campus Drive

Missoula, MT 59812