The Honors Program believes that challenging work, including research opportunities, should be available to superior students from the onset of their college education. Several types of Honors courses are offered for first and second year students:

  • courses offered by various departments intended only for Honors students
  • sections of regular courses for Honors students
  • courses sponsored by the Honors Program.

The Honors Core forms the foundation for an Honors education at U M. Designed specifically for Honors students by innovative faculty the Honors Core Curriculum provides rigorous, wide-reaching introductory courses across the three academic divisions in LSA: the Natural Sciences (NS), the Social Sciences (SS), and the Humanities (HU). The Honors Core builds on the fine tradition of our historic Great Books course, which remains a Core Humanities course. The Core extends to other areas the many strengths of Great Books: foundational content, critical analysis, excellent instruction in writing, and social bonding. The Core is also integrative by providing opportunities for interaction between students and faculty in its various courses through electronic media, virtual meetings, and occasional symposia. Because Honors students take Core courses in both first and second years, they have added opportunities to form study groups and friendships more broadly across the Program. Honors students are required to elect three Core courses in their first two years, one Core course in each LSA division. Core courses that are available in any given semester are listed in the Course Guide.

Small seminars (HONORS 250, 251, and 252) enable students to discuss matters of intellectual substance with a senior faculty member on a variety of topics. These seminars enroll a maximum of 15 students.

Some upper level courses also count as Honors courses for first and second year students and many courses may be converted to Honors courses with the agreement of the professor and the Honors Program.

No course elected Pass/Fail will receive the Honors notation on the transcript or be counted as an "Honors" course for the Sophomore Honors Award.

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