The Academic ProgramFull, full honors with world language studies, upper or lower division honors may be earned in NMU's Honors Program.
For full honors, students earn liberal studies credit by completing interdisciplinary HON core courses in their first, second and third years.
In the fourth year, honors program students enroll in a capstone senior experience, completing a research project or creative work.
In addition, students must demonstrate proficiency in mathematics (at least pre-calculus MA115) and take a foreign language for the liberal studies Division V requirement. Proficiency can be demonstrated by advanced placement (AP) credit, course work, or appropriate examination.
Students may complete the second two years for upper division honors. Students doing so complete the honors program courses in the upper division; demonstrate mathematics proficiency, use a foreign language to meet the Division 5 requirement and complete the senior capstone.
Students may complete the first two years for lower division honors. Students doing so complete the honors program courses in the lower division and demonstrate mathematics proficiency and use a foreign language to meet the Division V requirement.
Program Outline- for students entering the Honors Program fall semester 2010
Year One: HON 101 meets the liberal studies division II requirement
HON 111 or HON 112 meets the liberal studies VI requirement
Students who successfully complete both courses with a grade of C or better will
receive credit for EN 211
Year Two: HON 201 meets the liberal studies division II requirement
HON 211 meets the liberal studies division IV requirement
Year Three: HON 301 meets the world cultures division II requirement or
HON 302 meets the world cultures division IV requirement or
“Honorized” course or HON 495 Special Topics for a total of 12 credits.
Year Four: Capstone experience – “honorize” a 400 level research or directed study course within the major, if major does not provide such a course student enrolls in HON 498
MA 115 Precalculus or equivalent meets the division III requirement
Completion of foreign language course to meet division V requirement
Lower Division Requirements:
Demonstrate math proficiency, use a foreign language to meet the division 5 requirement, completion of HON 101, 111 or 112, 201, 211 (16 credits)
Upper Division Requirements:
Demonstrate math proficiency, use a foreign language to meet the division 5 requirement, completion of 12 credits of upper division classes (i.e. 300 and above) and capstone experience.
Full Honors Requirements:
Completion of both lower and upper division honors requirements.
Full Honors with World Language Studies:
Students who elect this option complete all of the requirements for full honors and complete a language course of study through the 202 level. Students who place out of the 202 level would be required to take at least 4 credits of course work in a foreign language at NMU to receive this designation.
Grade Point Average for Honors Program:
Students must achieve a 3.30 university grade point average. Further, students must achieve an overall 3.00 GPA for all HON and "H" courses to graduate in honors.