What is the Honors Program?
The Honors Program is a four-year program that provides an especially rich and challenging set of academic offerings to talented and highly motivated students in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Through special courses, research with faculty, and a vigorous intellectual community that includes Honors faculty fellows, the Honors Program enables students to identify their intellectual interests and to pursue them deeply. (To learn more about our tradition and history, visit this link.)
The Honors Program's curriculum offers a wide range of challenging courses in almost every department, with majors in every field in the College. We offer special seminars, courses, and direct involvement with faculty from the start of students' lives at Michigan. Students are expected to elect half their course work in Honors; many do more. Many Honors students participate in research during their first two years, and almost all Honors seniors pursue their own independent research projects under the guidance of a faculty mentor, leading to an Honors senior thesis.
To help students take the greatest advantage of the rich opportunities at Michigan, Honors advisors meet with them individually, beginning at Orientation and continuing throughout their time here.
A vibrant community, no single experience unites all Honors students, yet all are connected through a wide range of activities that enable students to choose what interests them. The Perlman Honors Commons is an intellectual hub, located on the ground floor of Mason Hall (above the Honors offices) where students and faculty come together for study, conversation, and a variety of intellectual and cultural events in truly beautiful surroundings. Frequent "Lunch with Honors" (see the Events page for details) gives our students direct contact with many of the remarkable people who visit the University. Organized by the Honor's Resident Advisors (HRAs), you will find students attending musicals, sports events, and visiting coffee hours. Faculty Fellows engage Honors students in a wide variety of ways outside of formal classes. There's something for everyone and all are invited.
For those who have never visited Ann Arbor, this U-M produced video will provide a short introduction to our beautiful city and wide variety of activities surrounding campus. Click below to play.