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(one) - REQUIRED

HNRS 4990 (one) - 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 (four honors credits for two semesters of the same foreign language or American Sign Language)

 

Music and dance ensembles/performance credit within the College of Fine Arts (maximum of three (3) credits)

 

 

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.

HNRS 4980 and 4990 Approved Substitutions for Applicable Majors

Specific majors offer courses that cover content equivalent to HNRS 4980 and/or HNRS 4990. The following chart lists majors that have approved substitutions that will satisfy the HNRS 4980 and/or HNRS 4990 course requirements. There is no need to submit a form for the HNRS 4980 or HNRS 4990 substitutions listed below; honors academic advisors will account for the substitution(s) directly during the annual audit process.

Curriculum

HNRS 4980 Equivalency

 

(only one credit of the departmental equivalency will count toward your honors credit requirement as a course credit)

HNRS 4990 Equivalency

 

(only one credit of the departmental equivalency will count toward your honors credit requirement as an experiential credit)

College of Arts & Sciences

Psychology

No equivalent

PSY 4990

College of Aviation

Aviation Maintenance Technology

AVS 4630 No equivalent

Aviation Management & Operations

AVS 4980 No equivalent

College of Engineering & Applied Sciences

Aerospace Engineering

ME 4790

ME 4800

Chemical Engineering

CHEG 4600

CHEG 4870

Civil Engineering

CCE 4830

CCE 4850

Computer Engineering

ECE 4810

ECE 4820

Computer Science

CS 4900

CS 4910

Construction Engineering

CCE 4830

CCE 4850

Electrical Engineering

ECE 4810

ECE 4820

Engineering Design Technology

EDMM 4910

EDMM 4920

Engineering Management Technology

EDMM 4910

EDMM 4920

Graphic & Printing Science

GPS / PAPR 4850

No equivalent

Industrial & Entrepreneurial Engineering

IEE 4190

IEE 4190

Manufacturing Engineering Technology

EDMM 4910

EDMM 4920

Mechanical Engineering

ME 4790

ME 4800

Paper Engineering

PAPR 4850

PAPR 4860

College of Fine Arts

Art (BFA)

ART 3930

No equivalent

Dance (BA)

No equivalent

DANC 4700

Dance (BFA)

DANC 4800

DANC 4800

Graphic Design (BFA)

ART 4610

ART 4920

Music (BA)

No equivalent

MUS 5840, 5650 or 5970

Music (BM)

Satisfied by 1 credit from senior private lesson in preparation for recital (MUS 3000 for performance majors and jazz studies; MUS 3620 for music composition majors)

No equivalent

Music-Multimedia Arts Technology (BS)

MUS 5970

MUS 5970

Theatre (BA)

THEA 4700

THEA 4700

Theatre-Acting or Stage Management (BFA)

THEA 4700

THEA 4700

Theatre-Design & Technical Production (BFA)

THEA 4330

THEA 4900

Theatre-Music Theatre (BFA)

THEA 4950

THEA 4990

College of Health & Human Services

Interdisciplinary Health Services

HSV 4200

No equivalent.

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 the forms email 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.

2017-2018 Honors College Student Handbook