HONORS 170 - Navigating Honors: Honors First-year Experience
Fall 2020, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: Honors Program (HONORS)
Department: LSA Honors
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Honors, Minicourse
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or enrolled in ALA 171.
Waitlist Capacity:
Class Misc Info:
(Drop/Add deadline=09/30/20.).
Mandatory credit/no credit.
May not be repeated for credit.


This 7-week mini-course helps incoming Honors students make the most of the opportunities available at U-M and within the Honors Program. Each unit is designed to promote essential skills: finding resources on campus, developing time management skills, exploring why campus diversity matters, or defining the meanings of leadership. These units were designed with feedback and input from current Honors students.

Students will have opportunities to:

  • Gain advanced awareness of key university and program resources.
  • Create deeper connections with their cohort, staff, and student mentors within the Honors learning community.
  • Hear from University specialists from a variety of campus offices.
  • Develop problem-solving, conflict resolution, time management, networking, and teamwork, often known as “soft skills” in the work environment.
  • Participate in careful self-assessment and planning, leading to meaningful decision-making about extra-curriculars, internships, and undergraduate career goals.
  • Define academic and civic passions and develop authentic personal narratives relevant to interviews, graduate/professional school applications, and self-knowledge.

    Course Requirements:

    Learning Mode: The weekly lectures for this course will be recorded and made available asynchronously. Every class will include time to work, virtually and synchronously, in small groups and involve mentorship with an upper-level Honors student. There are no textbooks or supplies required for this course.

    Course Testing/Assessment: There are no tests for this class and all weekly assignments will be posted and submitted via the course Canvas site. Grading is based on meaningful participation in the synchronous discussions and completion of Canvas assignments.

    Intended Audience:

    Honors students in their first year at the University of Michigan (including first-year transfer students).

    This course welcomes entirely online participation. While there may be voluntary in-person components, no part of this course requires you to be on campus or present in-person.

    Class Format:

    Instruction Mode: Distance due to COVID (DC) - As a DC course, all aspects of this course will be fully compatible with remote online learning.

  • Schedule

    HONORS 170 - Navigating Honors: Honors First-year Experience
    Schedule Listing
    001 (SEM)
    4LSA Hnrs Y1
    W 3:00PM - 5:00PM
    Note: This section does not start the first week of classes. This section meets 9/16 through 10/28. DROP/ADD DEADLINE IS 9/30/20.
    002 (SEM)
    9LSA Hnrs Y1
    F 2:00PM - 4:00PM
    Note: This section does not start the first week of classes. This section meets 9/18 through 10/30. DROP/ADD DEADLINE IS 9/30/20.

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