Honors Requirements

Honors requirements are specified in the letter of admission you receive when you are accepted into the Lee Honors College and are described in detail in the honors college student handbook. Please note that requirements differ for incoming freshman and transfer students, and have also been updated and changed in recent years. If you entered the college prior to 2014, be sure to consult your specific admission letter requirements. Contact your honors college advisor if you have further questions.

AUTOMATIC honors credit (no forms required) for representing the university in music ensembles (MUS 1070, 1080, 1090, 1100, 1110, 1120, 1130, 1180, 1190, 2100, and 2120), dance performance courses (DANC 1000, 4600, 4650), THEA 2900, varsity sports, study abroad, and foreign language and American Sign Language (ASL) courses.

Students with course requirement: 2 semesters of music ensembles/varsity sports/foreign language or ASL = one honors course.

Students with credit hour requirement: all of these options can be applied up to 50% of your total credit requirement.

Requirements for freshmen entering in 2014 or later

  • Complete 18 honors credits plus 3 credits of HNRS 4990: Honors Thesis by the time you graduate from WMU.
  • Complete HNRS 4980: How and Why to Write an Undergraduate Thesis prior to completing your honors thesis. Ideally this course will be taken the second semester of your sophomore year or the first semester of your junior year.
  • Attend four honors college sponsored events during your freshman year and two honors college sponsored events during your sophomore year.
  • Complete 20 hours of community service each year.
  • Complete and defend an honors thesis or senior capstone project.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater.
  • Attend mandatory freshman advising.
  • Complete both the graduation audit survey and graduation ceremony RSVP during the semester before your graduation from WMU. Links to these surveys will be emailed to all seniors each semester.

Requirements for transfer students entering in 2014 or later

  • Complete the number of honors credits specified in your letter of admission to the honors college (minimum of 9) plus 3 credits of HNRS 4990: Honors Thesis. Honors credits required will be prorated compared to entering freshmen based on the total number of credits you have already earned.
  • Complete HNRS 4980: How and Why to Write an Undergraduate Thesis prior to completing your honors thesis.
  • Complete 20 hours of community service each year.
  • Attend two LHC sponsored events during your first year as an honors student.
  • Complete and defend an honors thesis or senior capstone project.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater.
  • Schedule and complete an advising appointment with an honors college advisor during your first semester in the honors college.
  • Complete both the graduation audit survey and graduation ceremony RSVP during the semester before your graduation from WMU. Links to these surveys will be emailed to all seniors each semester.

Honors requirements are specified in a letter of admission that you will receive when you join the honors college. See the honors college handbook for more detailed information about each requirement, and be sure to check with a Lee Honors College advisor if you have questions about any of your requirements.

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