Full, 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.
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, take a foreign language course during their time at NMU, 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 take a foreign language course during their time at NMU.
In addition, students who wish to earn any Honors Program designation (lower division, upper division, full) on their transcript must
1) Demonstrate proficiency in mathematics (at least pre-calculus MA 115). Mathematics proficiency can be demonstrated by advanced placement (AP) credit, previous course work, appropriate examination, or by taken an appropriate math class at NMU.
2) Take one class in a foreign language during their time at NMU. Note: the foreign language course must be taken during your time at NMU--you may not "test out" with AP credit, or count courses taken while in high school.
Program Outline - for students entering the Honors Program
HON 101 - 4 credits in Perspectives on Society
HON 111 - 4 credits in Human Expression
Students who successfully complete both courses with a grade of C or better will receive credit for EN 211
HON 201 - 4 credits in Perspectives on Society
HON 211 - 4 credits in Integrative Thinking
12 credits, drawn from among the following:
"Honors Contract" course - 4 credits in major or minor, or
HON 301 - 4 credits in Social Responsibility in a Diverse World, or
HON 302 - 4 credits in Social Responsibility in a Diverse World, or
HON 495 Special Topics
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 Pre-Calculus or equivalent meets the Foundations of Natural Sciences - Mathematics requirement
Take a foreign language course while at NMU (not possible to "test out" or count courses from high school)
Lower Division Requirements
Demonstrate math proficiency, take a foreign language course while at NMU (not possible to "test out" or count courses from high school), completion of HON 101, 111, 201, 211 (16 credits)
Upper Division Requirements
Demonstrate math proficiency, take a foreign language course while at NMU (not possible to "test out" or count courses from high school), 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 coursework 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.