Major: Honors Individual Major Program (HIMP)

The Honors IMP is intended for exceptional students who wish to undertake a liberal arts program of study not currently available in an existing departmental major or program. HIMPs are interdepartmental or interdisciplinary in character and include courses from a variety of sources. While the HIMP encourages diversity and flexibility, each HIMP must have an identifiable academic focus within LSA, an appropriate disciplinary base, and unifying theme, and culminate in the writing of an Honors thesis. An HIMP should not be a specialization within an already existing major. It should include an adequate number of prerequisite courses.

Since HIMPs require an unusual level of intellectual competence and maturity, an overall GPA of 3.5 and, in most cases, a 3.7 in courses related to the HIMP subject are required for admission to the program. The Honors Academic Board reviews all proposals.

Graduation with "Honors," "High Honors," or "Highest Honors" is granted upon recommendation of the thesis advisor and readers.

Honors Advising. Students interested in submitting an HIMP should schedule an appointment with Dr. D.L. Wessel Walker, Associate Director of the Honors Program, to discuss goals and procedures. A formal prospectus, developed in consultation with appropriate faculty advisor, is then submitted for review and approval by the Honors Academic Board. 

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