A topical methods seminar is offered for students in the 1st semester of the freshman year, and Composition course. In the second semester, students begin a sequence of four courses in Western Culture.
In the junior or senior year, Honors students enroll in a tutorial. This is a small class, usually with six to eight students. They pursue intensive study of a given topic with a faculty member who is an expert in the field. The tutorial introduces students to timely and important areas of research and it usually requires a major writing assignment.
How Does the Honors Program Fit into the College Curriculum?
The Honors Program provides an alternate route for completing basic required courses. Honors classes satisfy Dearborn Discovery Core requirements for the various units on campus. If a student leaves the program, the classes easily translate into a normal college program with no loss of time or credit. Honors courses are demanding, yet the atmosphere is supportive and honors students generally maintain the same GPA in the program as they would taking ordinary courses.
Apart from their Honors requirements, Honors students follow a normal course of study in their own area of concentration, together with the other students in their unit. They must maintain a 3.2 GPA to remain in the program.
The program accepts students from all units on campus: the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the School of Education, Health & Human Services, and the school of Business.
There are no special charges or fees for participation in the program.