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Honors College Curriculum

 

Honors College courses include:

HO 101: Honors Forum (1 credit hour). This course features selected readings, guest lectures, films, performances, and group discussions of current issues and problems. Honors students who enter as freshmen take four semesters of this course, preferably in their freshman and sophomore years. Centennial and Honors Scholars take four semesters in their freshman and sophomore years.  Transfer students take at least one and up to four semesters depending on previous coursework and under the guidance of the Honors Director.

HO 101 Syllabus, Fall 2016

 

HO 303: Special Topics Seminar (2 credit hours). These interdisciplinary seminars are taught by faculty from across campus.  Topics vary from semester to semester.  Honors students must take two of these seminars, preferably in their junior year. Centennial and Honors Scholars take two sections of HO 303 in an intensive format during their required study abroad program after the sophomore year. (The honors study abroad program is open to all honors students on a space-permitting basis.)

 

HO 401: Independent Study (3 credit hours). This faculty-supervised reading course is for junior or senior honors students. The readings prepare the student to undertake an independent research project in Independent Study II.  To receive credit for HO 401, the student develops a written research proposal, which must be approved by the student’s Project Committee.

HO 401 Syllabus, Fall 2016

POSTER DESIGN

 

HO 402: Independent Study II (3 credit hours). This faculty-supervised course is taken after the completion of HO 401. To receive credit for this course, the student completes an independent research project culminating in presentation of an acceptable oral report and submission of an acceptable paper based on the guidelines approved by the Honors Faculty Committee and the Project Committee.

HO 402 Syllabus, Fall 2016

 

DISCIPLINE GUIDELINES FOR HONORS PROJECTS

GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR HONORS PROJECTS

 

Four-Year Curriculum

Freshmen entering the Gordy Honors College must take an Honors section of Philosophy and at least two Honors sections of courses from MUW's General Education Curriculum. Offerings vary each semester and are listed as Honors (HO) sections in the published course schedule.

With the approval of the Honors Director, students may also substitute a 300- or 400-level course outside the student's major or minor.

 

In addition, to deepen their learning in the General Education curriculum, Honors students complete either Foreign Language courses or Additional Math/Science courses:

• B.S., B.S.N., and B.A.S. students: 2 Foreign Language Courses (a 2-semester sequence)*

• B.A. students: 2 courses in Science and/or Mathematics (in addition to the Natural Sciences and Mathematics requirements in the General Education Curriculum)

• B.F.A. and B.M. students: 2 Foreign Language Courses (a 2-semester sequence)* or 2 courses in Science and/or Mathematics (in addition to the Natural Sciences and Mathematics requirements in the General Education Curriculum)

*International students who are citizens of a country where English is not the first language may fulfill this requirement by meeting MUW's admission standards for English proficiency.

 

Students in the four-year honors curriculum also take four semesters of HO 101 Honors Forum, two semesters of HO 303 Special Topics Seminar, HO 401 Independent Study I, and HO 402 Independent Study II. 

Recommended Curriculum Timetable for Entering Freshmen (Non-Residential)

Semester 1
HO 101 Honors Forum
Honors Core Course (Philosophy)

Semester 2
HO 101 Honors Forum
Honors Core Course

Semester 3
HO 101 Honors Forum
Honors Core Course
Foreign Language or Math/Science course

Semester 4
HO 101 Honors Forum
Foreign Language or Math/Science course

Semester 5
HO 303 Special Topics Seminar

Semester 6
HO 303 Special Topics Seminar

Semester 7
HO 401 Independent Study I

Semester 8
HO 402 Independent Study II


Individual cases may vary.  Contact the Director of the Honors College for more information on any aspect of the curriculum.

 

Additional Requirements for the Residential Honors Program

The required courses for students in the Residential Honors Program are the same as the Four-Year with the following exceptions:

• the number of General Education Honors Courses is increased to 4 and is not required to include a section of Philosophy (non-religion)

• the 2 sections of HO 303 - Special Topics Seminar are offered as part of the Honors Study Abroad experience in the summer after the sophomore year

See Residential Honors for more program requirements for participants.

 

Transfer Curriculum

Transfer students with at least 60 hours must take:

• HO 101 - Honors Forum (one semester)

• B.S., B.S.N., and B.A.S. students: 2 Foreign Language Courses (a 2-semester sequence)*

• B.A. students: 2 courses in Science and/or Mathematics (in addition to the Natural Sciences and Mathematics requirements in the General Education Curriculum)

• B.F.A and B.M. students: ◦ 2 Foreign Language Courses (a 2-semester sequence)* or 2 courses in Science and/or Mathematics (in addition to the Natural Sciences and Mathematics requirements in the General Education Curriculum)

• HO 303 - Special Topics Seminar (2 semesters)

• HO 401 - Independent Study I

• HO 402 - Independent Study II

Transfer credit may be used to meet the foreign language or additional math/science requirements.

*International students who are citizens of a country where English is not the first language may fulfill this requirement by meeting MUW's admission standards for English proficiency.

 

Transfer students with fewer than 60 hours must also complete:

• HO 101 - Honors Forum (2-4 semesters under the guidance of the Honors Director) 


Two of the following courses:

• Honors section of a course in MUW's General Education Curriculum (which vary each semester and are listed as HO sections in the published course schedule)

• a 300- or 400-level course outside the student's major or minor

• a different approved course with the approval of the Honors Director

Contact the Director of the Honors College for more information on any aspect of the curriculum.

 

GPA Requirements

The Honors College expects participants to maintain high GPAs. All honors students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0. Students entering HO 401 Independent Study must have a GPA of at least 3.30. If a student falls below the required cumulative GPA at the end of a given semester, the Director of the Honors College will put that student on honors probation for one semester. If, by the end of the subsequent semester in which the student is enrolled at MUW, the student does not have the required cumulative GPA, the student will be dismissed from the Honors College. The student will receive written notification from the Director of Honors at the beginning of the probation period and at the time of dismissal.

 

Leaving Honors

Members wishing to leave the Honors College should schedule an exit interview with the Director and sign a form stating this status.