Honors Pathways

Below are the various types of Honors you can choose to pursue once you have been accepted into The Honors College. Even though University Honors requirements are more general and can help you work towards achieving Highest Honors, it is not a prerequisite for the other Honors distinctions. If you are wondering which types of Honors could be most suited for your needs, please see the second column under each distinction for our recommendations.

University Honors

University Honors is a great way for a student to get involved and introduced to EMU's campus and community.

Requirements

  • 24 Honors credits (may include up six credits completed for Departmental Honors)
  • 40 hours of community service
  • One Honors Experience in Leadership/Civic Engagement
  • One Honors Experience in Cultural/Intellectual areas
  • Attend three Star Lecture Series lectures in one academic year and submit a typed paper to The Honors College to receive credit for the lectures
  • Attend one Undergraduate Research/Creative Project Workshop
  • Maintain a 3.3 cumulative GPA

 Ideal for students who. . .

  • hope to gain credit while enriching their undergraduate experience
  • are passionate about community service and engagement
  • want to benefit from Honors small class sizes, access to advisors and scholarship opportunities
  • and more!

Departmental Honors

Once students have declared their major, they may pursue departmental honors which leads to distinction in their major or minor.

 Requirements

  • Attend the Undergraduate Research/Creative Project Workshop (required after completing 15 college credit hours and prior to completing sophomore year)
  • Meet with their Departmental Honors advisor
  • Complete this Intent to Pursue Departmental Honors form [PDF] and submit it to The Honors College
  • Complete 12-15 Honors credits (approximately four or five courses) within major or minor (these may be contracted)
  • Submit a Senior Thesis Proposal [PDF]
  • Complete Senior Thesis or Creative Project
  • Maintain a 3.3 cumulative GPA

Be sure to meet with your Departmental Honors advisor for up-to-date information and other Departmental Honors requirements.

 Ideal for students who. . .

  • are transfer students
  • joined Honors after completing most general education requirements
  • are seeking a challenge in their specific area(s) of study
  • desire the opportunity for hands on research experience
  • want to develop a more personal relationship with faculty in their department
  • are considering attending graduate school

Highest Honors

Highest Honors marks the most distinctive recognition of academic excellence in The Honors College. Upon completion of 56 credits, students may apply for Highest Honors. Completion  demonstrates a commitment to community, international awareness, service, and research.

 Requirements

  • 30 Honors credits (includes credits completed for University or Departmental Honors)
  • Complete Global Competency by EITHER studying abroad, demonstrating competency of a world language at second year level, or an international internship
  • Complete 60 community service hours (inclusive of 40 hours required for University Honors)
  • Complete Senior Thesis [PDF] or Creative Project
  • Present at the Undergraduate Research Symposium or a similar professional conference
  • Maintain a 3.7 cumulative GPA

 Ideal for students who. . .

  • plan to travel abroad or want to become proficient in a new language
  • are eager to be challenged academically beyond what is offered in the University Honors requirements
  • are highly dedicated to community engagement and leadership opportunities
  • want experience presenting at a conference
  • are planning to attend graduate school

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