Honors Experiences

Honors Experiences
In fulfilling the requirement for an enriched program of study, a student may use any combination of the various types of Honors opportunities available. In order to maintain Honors College membership and graduate with Honors College notation, students must complete at least 3 Honors experiences by the end of their second Spring semester and at least 8 total Honors experiences by graduation. For students completing a second degree, a total of 10 Honors experiences are required for Honors College notation on both degrees.

Honors Courses

Many departments offer Honors courses especially for Honors College students. Often these classes are much smaller than their non-Honors counterparts; some are designed specifically for Honors students and have no non-Honors counterpart. Material is usually covered in greater depth than in non-Honors courses, and there is more classroom interaction in general. The pace is faster and more challenging, since students are surrounded by other students of the same caliber and, often, the same interests. Honors courses are designated by an "H" after the course number.

See the Schedule of Courses for details on offerings of Honors courses.

Honors Sections
In some multi-section courses, one (or more) section may be designated as an Honors section. Like Honors courses, these classes are usually smaller than their non-Honors counterparts; move more briskly, and involve more classroom interaction.

See the Schedule of Courses for details on offerings of Honors sections.

Honors Options
An Honors Option is more extensive or more advanced work than is required of all students in a regular course. The professor must approve the format, timeline, and scope of the project.

Graduate Courses
Well-selected graduate courses at the 500-, 800-, or 900-level can make excellent Honors-caliber substitutions for many 300- and 400-level courses. All suitably prepared Honors College students may enroll in most graduate courses, inside and outside their own colleges, with prior approval from their departmental Honors College advisers and from the instructors teaching the courses. Browse through the MSU Course Descriptions for courses that might appeal to you, and be sure to try out your ideas on your Honors advisor(s) before you decide.