Since its founding 19 years ago, the Honours College has modeled excellence in career development for students. In order to achieve this, the college offers a broad range of academic, social and spiritual enrichment programs.
i) Academic Forums
These weekly meetings provide the student with an academic forum. During these meetings, students cover a wide range of socio-political , economic and religious issues, both at the national and global level. These are facilitated by leading academicians and public figures in the University, community and church.
They are opportunities for exploring issues of public interest, and enable healthy intellectual, social and emotional growth. The aim in these is to bring students to grips with the challenges of leadership in the global context, and to help them to begin to think about innovative ways of addressing them.
iii) Advanced Assignments
These are extended essays from classed taken during a particular semester. In particulat, these are meant to enhance students’ reading, research and presentation skills, as well as calling forth discipline to rigorous work amidst demanding schedules.
ii) Lecture Series
The Lecture series is part of the major effort to stimulate excellence in academic and leadership skills. These are Philosophy and the Modern Mind and Fundamentals of Leadership.
The first series aims at helping students have an appreciation of critical thinking apparatus. To this end, students receive a basic introduction to philosophy through the eyes of some African and modern philosophers .
The second series on Fundamentals of Leadership aims at introducing students to the basic principles of Christian Leadership, with special emphasis on the leadership challenge in the contemporary Ugandan context
iii) Rwanda Study Trip
These are sponsored by the Uganda Studies Program ( USP ), and aims at enabling students to study the peace initiatives in post-genocide Rwanda, especially the traditional Gacaca Courts.
Honours College was established by Uganda Christian University in 2002 as a response to the urgent need for Christian leadership in the country. The system of learning through the college’s academic, social and spiritual enrichment programs, presupposes that students take responsibility for their learning process by maximizing opportunities available for self development
Life at the Honours College is not to be lived in isolation from other aspects of the University. Students are encouraged to share in the general life of the university.
Meals will be taken at the University dining hall with the rest of the students.
Classes and other faculties are shared as well. Honours College offers support for students’ research and academic need through a resource center that is equipped with computers.
Spiritual development remains at the heart and soul of the university attendance and active participation is expected for Morning prayer services on Wednesday, Community worship on Tuesday and Thursday, and Sunday Services.
Honours College students take part in the Chapel programmers as designed by the University Chaplaincy. For this they meet together for Bible study, prayer and sharing on Wednesdays.
Honours College students may serve as officers of the student Guild and are encouraged to be active members in whatever capacity they are called. Members are encourages to participate in any existing clubs, societies, organizations or to form a new one according to the Guild constitution.
All students are expected to participate in the broad range of social enrichment programmes such as meetings, service projects, trips, retreats and parties. These provide opportunities for healthy intellectual, social and emotional growth.
An advanced assignment is an extended essay, normally regarded as a significant additional work in the subject matter of the class or other activity. It constitutes a very important part of the Academic enrichment program of the Honours College. These enhance the student’s research, reading, and presentation skills.
Honours College students have a residential complex specially meant to provide an environment of nurturing and learning for the students enrolled. This facilitates the mentorship and discipleship programme that is part of the learning process for the College students.
Service projects are outreaches to the community with the aim of enabling students to get in touch with the socio-economic realities in the world they live in. Also, students take part in school outreaches to secondary schools.