The Honors Program believes that challenging work, including research opportunities, should be available to superior students from the onset of their college education. Several types of Honors courses are offered for first and second year students:
- courses offered by various departments intended only for Honors students
- sections of regular courses for Honors students
- courses sponsored by the Honors Program.
Small seminars (HONORS 250, 251, and 252) enable students to discuss matters of intellectual substance with a senior faculty member on a variety of topics. These seminars enroll a maximum of 15 students.
Some upper level courses also count as Honors courses for first and second year students and many courses may be converted to Honors courses with the agreement of the professor and the Honors Program.
No course elected Pass/Fail will receive the Honors notation on the transcript or be counted as an "Honors" course for the Sophomore Honors Award.
Independent Study and Research. Underlying all the coursework in Honors is the firm belief that students should take learning outside the classroom and engage in an independent study research project (for credit) under the direction of a faculty member. The Honors Program strongly encourages qualified and able students to do independent study or research. These options allow students to concentrate a considerable amount of time and effort in an area of particular interest, to develop intellectual relationships with members of the faculty and research staff, and to make more informed decisions about the Honors thesis and perhaps even long-range goals. Students are encouraged to look for a research placement when they have had adequate preparation to make their participation useful to the project and interesting for them. Honors academic advisors will be happy to talk with students about strategies for finding a project and a mentor.
Honors research tutorials are available in any term by permission of the Honors Office. First-year students and sophomores elect HONORS 291 and 292 and may serve as research assistants for faculty researchers, receive instruction in research methods, or participate in some phase of University or individual research. Comparable courses are available for juniors (HONORS 390) and seniors (HONORS 490).
The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) is another avenue through which to find a research placement. Some departments (for example, chemistry and psychology) maintain lists of available research projects. Many of our students find research work by directly contacting faculty whose areas of specialization interest them.
Texts and Ideas. The Honors Program has established special courses that satisfy the First-Year Writing Requirement at Michigan. It is our firm belief that strong writing skills are best achieved by exposure to great works of literature, history, and philosophy, and by exposure to the range of critical approaches to those works.
Except in very rare circumstances, every first-year Honors student must elect one of the following courses in each academic term of the first year: English Advanced Placement will not satisfy the Texts and Ideas requirement.
Fall Term, First Year
CLCIV 101 (Honors section) or GTBOOKS 191 (any section).
The readings for GTBOOKS 191 and CLCIV 101 (Honors section) overlap considerably but they have somewhat different emphases. Both courses stress the writing of essays, and the instructors pay attention to writing techniques and problems.
Winter Term, First Year
CLCIV 102 (Honors section) or GTBOOKS 192 (any section) or an approved alternative.
Prior to the registration period for each term, a list of courses which satisfy the second half of the Literature and Ideas requirement is published on the Honors website and is also available in the Honors office. This list will vary from year to year as course offerings vary.
Honors Waitlist Policy
Waitlist priority given to LSA Honors students in order of class year (seniors, juniors, sophomores, then freshmen).