Types of Honors

University Honors

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

To achieve University Honors, students must complete the following requirements:

  • 18 credits in Honors General Education courses
  • 3 Honors credits in the student's major or minor
  • 3 additional Honors credits in either the student’s major, minor, or General Education
  • 40 hours of community service
  • 1 Honors Experience in Leadership/Civic Engagement
  • 1 Honors Experience in Cultural/Intellectual areas
  • Attend 3 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

Departmental Honors

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

Students wishing to pursue Departmental Honors must complete the following requirements:

  • Attend the Undergraduate Research/Creative Project Workshop
  • Meet with their Departmental Honors advisor
  • Complete the "Intent to Pursue Departmental Honors" form and submit it to The Honors College
  • Complete 12 Honors credits (approx. 4 courses) within major or minor (these may be contracted)
  • Submit a Senior Thesis Proposal
  • Attend the Senior Thesis Workshop
  • 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.

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.

To achieve Highest Honors students must complete the following requirements:

  • Submit a Highest Honors application between 56 and 84 completed EMU credits
  • 24 Honors credits (includes credits completed for University or Departmental Honors)
  • Complete Global Competency by EITHER studying abroad or demonstrating competency of a world language at 2nd year level or an international internship
  • Complete 60 community service hours (includes the 40 required for University Honors)
  • Complete Senior Thesis or Creative Project
  • Present at the Undergraduate Symposium or similar style conference
  • Maintain a 3.7 cumulative GPA