Each year a small number of Honors students pursue academic interests that include a second program, either with another Michigan Learning Community or with another college in the university. If you are considering such a program, please see our information below:
20-30 students per year pursue a joint program with Honors and the Residential College. Honors and RC students pursue a program that combines the requirements of Honors with the requirements of the RC with the following modifications:
- The total number of Honors courses over the first four terms changes from 8 to 6 to accommodate the RC Intensive Language during the first year.
- Honors/RC students can elect RCCORE 100, the RC first-year seminar, to fulfill First-Year Writing. They are not required to take Great Books 191 or Classic Civ 101. Honors sections of RCCORE 100 count towards the total number of Honors courses.
- Only one Texts & Ideas course is required. RCCORE 100 does not count for Texts & Ideas. Most students elect Great Books 192 in their second term for T & I.
- The Residential College is the primary academic unit for all joint students, although students are encouraged to see both their RC and their Honors advisor. All registration issues are overseen by the RC, and joint students take academic board issues to the Residential College Board on Academic Standing, not the Honors Academic Board.
The School of Music, Theatre and Dance has a 5-year (150 credit hour) joint program with the College of LSA. Each year 15-20 students participate in the Honors Program as part of their 5-year joint program with the SoMTD (a handful of very motivated students have finished the program and an Honors concentration in four years). The following modifications to the standard Honors program are made for students in the joint program:
- The total number of Honors courses is reduced from 8 over two years to 6 over three years, to accommodate the large number of performance courses and lessons required in the first years in the School of Music.
- Students take two Texts and Ideas Courses, and are required to take Great Books 191 or Classic Civilizations 101 for First-Year Writing.
- The School of Music, Theatre and Dance is the primary academic unit for all joint students. However, petitions regarding LSA requirements come to the Honors Academic Board.
The Honors program invites students who have also been pre-admitted to the Ross School of Business. All students who are in the Honors Program in their first year, regardless of intent to matriculate to the Ross School in the second year, are required to fulfill all Honors commitments. Pre-admits and students seeking admission to the Ross School after the first year are encouraged to take Honors courses for their Ross prerequisites (Econ 101 + Econ 108 H, and Math 185 or higher Honors math instead of Math 115). All first-year Honors students take both semesters of Texts and Ideas, even if pre-admitted to the Ross School.
Those students who are seeking an intellectually stimulating, challenging liberal arts education in addition to their preparation for work in the business world are encouraged to participate in the Honors Program as part of the joint BBA/LSA program. Like the Music program, this joint program is a 5-year, 150 credit-hour program. Students must complete 100 hours in the College of LSA, including a complete LSA Honors concentration. If you think a joint BBA/LSA Honors program might be right for you, you should talk about your program and plans with an Honors advisor.
Other joint programs with Honors are possible, and there are a handful of Honors students who are joint with other colleges (e.g. the College of Engineering and the Taubman School of Architecture and Urban Planning), or joint with other Michigan Learning Communities, (e.g. Women in Science and Engineering, Health Sciences Scholars and Michigan Research Community). Students in these programs must fulfill all requirements of both programs. You should consult an Honors advisor for for more information and assistance with planning your academic program.