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Honors Program Application Deadline

Posted by Sharon Van Eps on Monday, Mar. 1, 2010

Event Date/Time: Wednesday, Mar. 24, 2010 4:30 pm
End Date/Time: Wednesday, Mar. 24, 2010 4:30 pm
Location: ACE, Room 5, Student Center

The Honors Program provides motivated, high-achieving students a distinctive, academically challenging intellectual experience amplifying and complementing the UMM liberal arts education. Successful completion of the Honors Program, an interdisciplinary curriculum team-taught by faculty from across the campus, provides the student a UMM degree 'with Honors' in recognition of their achievement.

Eligibility: All students are eligible to apply to the Honors Program, usually in the spring of the freshman year. Academic success in the fall semester, faculty recommendations, and a short essay may be used to determine which applicants have demonstrated the motivation necessary to succeed in the program. To graduate 'with Honors,' a student must maintain a UMM GPA of 3.5.

Coursework: All Honors students must enroll in a core course, IS 2001Hf, "Traditions in Human Thought," which takes an interdisciplinary look at significant works from history, literature, philosophy, and science. After completing the core course, students may choose from several courses offered each semester that examine a particular topic from an interdisciplinary perspective. The courses are often team-taught by faculty from different UMM disciplines who specialize in the material being explored. Previous courses have examined ecological health, the Enlightenment, networks and innovation, classical Greece, the medieval mind, the Apocalypse, utopias, and the tension between notions of a republic and an empire.

Senior Honors Project: As seniors, Honors students complete a substantial scholarly or creative interdisciplinary work designed by the student in cooperation with a project advisor. Upon completion, the project is defended before a panel of faculty from different academic disciplines.

Events: Honors Program students elect the 'Honors Council,' an eight member group that coordinates and plans Honors Program events throughout the year. Activities include participation in service learning initiatives, attendance at lectures, theatrical productions and concerts, dinner with professors, field trips and other outings, alternative readings, and mentoring new members of the Program.

Honors Program applications will be due on Wednesday, March 24 in the Academic Center for Enrichment (ACE), Room 5, Student Center by 4:30 PM. Applications are downloadable at