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Honors Engagement: Sophomore Honors Award Points

Many of the activities available to Honors students are informational: meet an alum, hear about an opportunity or from a cross-campus connection.

Others correlate directly to Honors' mission as a liberal arts learning community. They often require assimilation of complex material and reflection. For these, we frequently offer "engagement points," meaning you are selecting from and engaging in the topic(s). (See this area of the website for additional details.) 

To register for any of these (except #hononline), watch the weekly newsletter, This Week in Honors, as well as for additional ad-hoc opportunities which are associated with campus and student life.

Honors in the Arts

Have an interest in the arts? Interesting in attending events with UMS? Join your Honors peers to attend a performance and discuss your reactions, opinions and thought-provoking moments. Honors students at all levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. Students are able to earn one Sophomore Engagement Point by "attending" any two different performances offered through this series during winter term.

You'll write a short reflection about your overall experience and submit it to Lisa Broome ( The reflection should be 250-500 words and should address both performances' impact on you in some way. A summary shouldn't be the dominant feature, we are more interested in your experiences and what you think about the performances. You could review them, discuss their effect on you or their value to you, indicate whether they inspired extended conversation about or engagement with the subject matter, or compare/contrast your audience-based experience with other modes of engaging with the subjects presented. 

One-hour discussions are advertised, but the engagement point is tied to "attending" two performances and submitting the reflection.

Honors Cinema

[Paused in W20] Honors Cinema engages students in classic cinematography, applying a critical eye to the style, content, and acting of chosen films. During the Winter term, film selections are listed over an eight week period. Discussions are held with Honors advisor and film critic John Cantu (jcantu), following the viewing. Previous selections included National Velvet, The Graduate, Godzilla vs Mothra, and A Hard Day's Night.

Students viewing and discussing four films throughout the term will earn one SHA point. Those viewing and discussing all eight films will earn two SHA points. 

Honors DEI

We know that many of you express general interest in social justice and specific concerns for equity, inclusion and basic fairness. We agree that it is deeply important and are committed to our own learning. Honors DEI is an opportunity for all of us to challenge ourselves to explore, self-reflect, and engage with diversity of thought, belief, and identity.

Participants engage in a 6 week experience involving independent, individual reflection and group discussion. The self-paced structure and range of topics enables participants to flexibly engage in ways that fit their schedules and challenge them to explore issues that may be unfamiliar to them. Students who complete all the components of the 6 week experience are eligible to earn 2 engagement points towards the Sophomore Honors Award. 

Contact for more information. 

Honors Reads

Certainly you are reading for your classes, but how often do you have time to read for pleasure and relaxation without worrying about grades or deadlines? Want to be able to engage in conversation about current literature, outside the academic? Join other Honors community members who love to read for pleasure. Honors students at all levels are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Reads will (generally) meet for a one-hour discussion of the book on a pre-determined date from 5:00 - 6:00. This year, we will be meeting virtually in both fall and winter terms.

SHA Engagement Points: Incoming FY (2021) and sophomores (2020) will read two books for two points, anytime in their first two years. Students can read an additional third book for three points total. Students are also welcomed and encouraged to read just for the pleasure of reading!

Contacts: Denise Guillot (dguillot) and Jeri Preston (pjeri)

#hononline [Digital Citizenship First-Year Summer Experience]

The Honors Program is committed to building a meaningful community while providing innovative and enriching learning opportunities. Incoming students are invited to  participate in our online summer initiative called #hononline. We have selected 6 topics, and a variety of brief assignments, that we consider particularly relevant. It is a unique way to...

  • Get to know your Honors peers, 
  • Prepare for in-person and online learning at the college level,
  • Learn about resources and opportunities to help you make the most of your Michigan experience, and
  • Think deeply about the challenges that face everyone who engages with digital content. 

You will receive information about how to get started in early June, before Orientation.