Beyond the Courses

Stratford_2010Although the honors courses are challenging and invigorating, a large part of the NMU Honors Program experience happens beyond the courses and the physical classroom.  Students are required to participate in a senior capstone project.  Additionally, they are encouraged to learn a foreign language, study abroad, do research, attend and present at conferences and publish.

Conference, Presentations, Publications
The Honors Program facilitates and encourages travel to state, regional and national honors conferences for those who are presenting. It also encourages students to present their work at the local level through the HSO forum each semester, or through independent venues. Learn more.

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Many interesting cultural venues and historical sites in the U.S. are located  within a day's drive of Marquette. This page features field trip experiences enjoyed by NMU first year honors students. Every year, the program takes a weekend trip to a major Midwest city to enjoy cultural activities and fine food, while strengthening relationships among students, faculty, and staff. Fall 2018 featured an excursion to Milwaukee to enjoy Lin-Manuel Miranda's "In the Heights" at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. Previous trips include when Honors 211 (Food and Society) visited the Lansing and Detroit areas and the Honors 111 (Modern Art European Sources) trip to the Chicago Art Institute.

For full honors, the Honors Program requires student to learn foreign languages and also encourages them to volunteer and study abroad. The Honors Program works with academic departments to create special study abroad opportunities and our national council organizes semesters abroad for honors students nationwide.

To learn more about study abroad and international opportunities, go to

Research at NMU
Unlike many larger universities, NMU undergraduates have many opportunities for collaborative research with the faculty.  Honors students are encouraged to pursue such opportunities. The Honors Program director can assist in helping program participants to learn what’s available and how to become involved.

To learn more about NMU’s student research opportunities and policies, go to