Undergraduate Honors Program
NSU's Undergraduate Honors Program, housed within the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, provides a rich educational experience for highly motivated and high achieving undergraduate students through curricular and co-curricular activities.
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In addition to an emphasis on research and small class sizes, the Honors Program takes a well-rounded approach by encouraging students to support and learn from each other in and outside the classroom. It promotes balance by advancing students' personal and professional goals, and it creates unique ways for students to interact with their professors.
- Hands-On Learning - Honors students do not rely on books and lectures alone, but rather are encouraged to participate in thoughtful learning experiences and engaging discussions.
- Faculty Mentorship - The direct interaction with full-time faculty allows Honors students to gain a more comprehensive, interactive approach to their learning process. Students are free to ask creative questions and become more innovative in their thinking processes.
- Co-Curricular Experiences - Students in the Honors program connect classroom experience with experiences outside the classroom. This may include support for study abroad opportunities, speakers, exclusive workshops and seminars, and social activities.
- Individualized Study - Opportunities will be available for students to conduct undergraduate research studies or study abroad.
- Special Recognition - All Honors courses will be noted on the student's permanent transcript, showing prospective employers or graduate and professional schools the enhanced education the student received.
- Scholarship Rewards - All students will have the opportunity to qualify for an Honors Program Scholarship in the amount of $500 per year.
Any NSU undergraduate student at any stage in their academic career may apply to the Honors Program. Students are accepted based on prior academic performance. Approximately 10% of each year's entering student class—distributed across all majors—are accepted to participate.
To maintain good standing the program, Honors students are required to:
- actively work toward one of the Honors citations
- actively participate in the program by taking Honors courses and participating in co-curricular Honors activities
- maintain a cumulative NSU GPA of 3.5 or higher
Academic progress is reviewed twice yearly, and students not meeting the criteria may be invited to petition to retain honors status.
- complete all Honors coursework at NSU
Strongly encouraged: complete Honors coursework in the first two years of enrollment
Students may pursue one or both of the following citations.
General Honors Citation
Those who successfully complete the following General Honors Citation requirements receive a notation of this achievement on their NSU transcripts and a medallion at commencement.
- have a cumulative NSU GPA of 3.5 or higher at the time of degree conferral
- successfully complete 21 credits of Honors coursework (Honors seminars and/or Honors-level general education classes) prior to graduation
Divisional Honors Citation
Those who successfully complete the following Divisional Honors Citation requirements receive a notation of this achievement on their NSU transcripts and a medallion at commencement.
- complete 9 credits of Honors coursework, including up to 3 credits of HONR 4990 Independent Study
- submit an Honors Thesis Proposal
- successfully complete and defend an approved Honors Thesis
The Honors Thesis must be completed under the direction of a faculty member.
These projects typically take two academic years to complete.
See examples of completed Honors theses.
- have a cumulative NSU GPA of 3.5 or higher at the time of degree conferral in order to receive the Citation in Divisional Honors
Students admitted to the Undergraduate Honors Program prior to the fall 2012 semester have distinct program retention and completion requirements. These Honors students should refer to the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog in effect the academic year they entered the Honors Program.
Honors courses are more interactive, discussion-based, and hands-on than other courses, but are not necessarily more challenging.
Honors students get direct interaction with faculty and are often asked to present portions of the material themselves.
These courses might include a field trip or other hands-on learning experiences not offered in other courses.
Honors seminars (HONR XXXX) are unique courses offered only as Honors courses. Honors sections of regular courses (CHEM 1500H or BIOL 1500H, for example) generally cover the same content as non-Honors sections of courses, but present it in different ways.