Honors Requirements

Each student receives a detailed requirements letter once their admission into the honors college has been processed. See the honors college student handbook for more detailed information about each requirement. Please note that requirements differ for incoming first-year and transfer students. If you entered the college prior to 2014, be sure to consult your specific requirements letter and/or student handbook. Contact the honors college if you have any questions.

At least 50% (9 credits) must be comprised of HNRS or HC coursework Up to 50% (9 credits) may be experiential learning credit.*
HNRS 4980(1) - REQUIRED HNRS 4990 (1) - REQUIRED
"HC" and HNRS Field Experience (form required: wmich.edu/honors/advising/forms)
  Internships (form required: wmich.edu/honors/advising/forms)
  Clinicals (nursing, speech pathology and audiology, and occupational therapy)
  Independent Study (form required: wmich.edu/honors/advising/forms)
  Foreign Language (4 honors credits for two semesters of the same foreign language or American Sign Language)
  Music ensembles/performance credit within the College of Fine Arts
  Varsity Sports (one credit per season, maximum of three (3) credits)
  Study Abroad (must earn 'C' or higher in all courses taken abroad to count for honors credit; no form required)

*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.

Requirements for freshmen entering in 2014 or later

  • Complete 18 honors credits including HNRS 4980: How and Why to Write an Undergraduate Thesis (one [1] online or hybrid credit hour). HNRS 4980 is a prerequisite for HNRS 4990: Honors Thesis.
  • Complete one (1) credit hour of HNRS 4990: Honors Thesis or an honors college approved departmental substitute course. Any courses accepted for substitution will only be honored as one (1) credit hour regardless of amount of institutional credit given.
  • Complete twenty (20) hours of approved community service each academic year and submit completed and signed volunteer time log to honr-forms@wmich.edu or in hard copy to the honors college front desk. Time logs should be submitted only upon completion of the full twenty (20) hours of service.
  • Attend four (4) honors college sponsored events during the first academic year and two (2) during the second academic year. These events are listed in the weekly honors college newsletter.
  • Complete and successfully defend an honors thesis before you graduate. You must file the appropriate paperwork (Thesis Declaration Form, Thesis Defense Certificate Request, approved thesis, etc.) according to honors college deadlines.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or greater.
  • Attend Mandatory Freshman Advising (MFA) in the fall of the first academic year.
  • Schedule and attend a minimum of one (1) academic advising appointment every year you are in the honors college.

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) including HNRS 4980: How and Why to Write an Undergraduate Thesis (one [1] online or hybrid credit hour). HNRS 4980 is a prerequisite for HNRS 4990: Honors Thesis.
  • Complete one (1) credit hour of HNRS 4990: Honors Thesis or an honors college approved departmental substitute course. Any courses accepted for substitution will only be honored as one (1) credit hour regardless of amount of institutional credit given.
  • Complete 20 hours of community service each year.
  • Attend two honors college 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 3.50 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.

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