Honors College Academics
The EMU Honors College takes pride in offering a high-quality educational experience within an affordable, comprehensive university. The Honors College is home to a highly accomplished group of students and faculty and is designed to foster an Honors ethos that comprises intellectual curiosity, academic achievement, leadership, and the bond between individuals and the larger community. Success in Honors requires creativity, persistence, and dedication, as students develop their skills and talents to achieve their academic, personal, and professional goals.
Each semester, students may choose from an array of engaging classes that meet General Education, major, and/or minor requirements. Talented, passionate professors who are recognized experts in their academic disciplines teach Honors courses. Typically, Honors sections are limited to 20 to 25 students to encourage collaboration and rich interactions, where students help guide discussion, challenge their peers, and take the lead on projects. Expectations for performance are high, but our students are capable of meeting the challenges ahead and we provide them with support to help them reach their goals.
Academic achievement is at the core of The Honors College. Students are admitted to the Honors College because of their academic achievements in high school, a community college, or their first few semesters of college. Expectations for students entering The Honors College are straightforward: continue the high level of academic performance that led to your admission to the Honors College; regularly earn Honors credit in your coursework, either by taking Honors classes or by completing Honors Contracts; and plan to graduate with the distinction associated with one or more of the Honors pathways.
Honors students are offered three pathways to Honors graduation and are encouraged to pursue the Honors pathway or pathways- University Honors, Departmental Honors, and/or Highest Honors- that best helps them achieve their professional and personal goals. All Honors students are expected to graduate with one of the Honors distinctions.