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Sophomore Students

For Sophomores Who Have Completed Eight Honors Courses

In your sophomore year, you will finish your core Honors courses.  By the end of the year, you want to declare your major and think ahead to your thesis, which will enable you to graduate with Honors.

By getting involved in research, investigating study abroad opportunities, and developing your interests through you liberal arts course work, you will fine tune this selection process.  You may begin checking out internships for next summer, and it’s not too early to be thinking further ahead to graduate or professional school, which may include post-graduate scholarships and fellowships like Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, and more.

You will make appointments with the department in which you plan to major and discuss partnering with faculty/staff, thesis course work, and applying the Honors subplan for your thesis. Honors advisors may help you think through various alternatives.

See the section on continuing in Honors, on the Honors Requirement page.

The Sophomore Honors Award

The Sophomore Honors Award was created to encourage students to take full advantage of the opportunities in the Program and to recognize outstanding achievement during the freshman and sophomore years. To be eligible for this award, follow the group cut-offs listed below.

Freshman Prior to Fall 2014 Term:

  1. Obtain a minimum grade point average of 3.700, with no grade below a "C" in any course.
  2. Complete an average of two 3-credit Honors courses per term during the first four full terms (fall/winter) they are at the University of Michigan, including two terms of Texts and Ideas courses. (Mini-courses are not counted for this award.)
  3. Average 14 credits per term during the first four full terms they are at the University of Michigan.
  4. Apply for the Award after the conclusion of the sophomore year. Applications are available online and in the Honors Office.

Freshman On or Following Fall 2014 Term:

  1. Obtain a minimum grade point average of 3.700, with no grade below a "C" in any course.
  2. Complete Honors Core courses in NS, SS, and HU, as well as five additional Honors courses during the first four full terms (fall/winter) at U-M, including the FYWR (First Year Writing Requirement). All courses must be 3-credit. Mini-courses are not counted for this award.
  3. Average 14 credits per term during the first four full terms they are at the University of Michigan.
  4. Apply for the Award after the conclusion of the sophomore year. Applications are available online and in the Honors Office.

For Sophomores Not Yet in Honors: How and Why Should I do Honors?

If you had a great first year and want to not only challenge yourself academically but contribute to the research mission of the university, you can join Honors by declaring an Honors major.   While departmental expectations for Honors majors vary, in almost all departments, a thesis--your opportunity to do your own original research--will be the capstone experience.

The opportunity to marshal, defend, and publish a thesis is not only attractive for a resume or CV, it provides foundational tools for your post-graduate and/or professional career.

We'd love to talk with you about the value of doing an Honors major.  Call Honors at 734.764.6274 to schedule an appointment with an Honors advisor.