This program, designed for entering freshmen, consists of a Freshman/Sophomore phase and a Junior/Senior phase. It parallels the regular university non-Honors curriculum from the freshman through senior years.
During the freshman and sophomore years, Honors students (as a cohort) complete a core curriculum of four Honors courses, which focus on great books and great ideas. The four courses (HON 155, 156, 251, 252) are intended to encourage the students to look beyond the confines of their own disciplines and to develop a more complex, multi-disciplinary perspective.
The Junior/Senior phase is designed to promote independent study and scholarship within the student’s concentration or major area of specialization.
During the summer of your junior or senior year, you undertake a unique off-campus study project. This project allows you to work one-on-one with specialists in the field both at UM-Flint and off-campus. Students have traveled throughout North America and the world for this exciting and life-changing experience.
Your curriculum is also enhanced by an Honors Thesis or special production. You work during your senior year both with the Honors Director and with a specialist in your field who guide you through this important process. This accomplishment enriches your knowledge of your major field of study and sets you apart from your peers as an excellent candidate for fellowships at graduate schools and entrance into professional schools.
A special interdisciplinary senior seminar (HON 498) is the capstone course for the Honors Program. During the seminar, you will examine a theme or topic across the disciplines.
Students also complete five Honors Elections. These are short independent study projects taken in conjunction with non-Honors courses of your choice. These independent study projects provide a deeper understanding of course material.
Students in the Honors Program have numerous opportunities to attend and present papers at undergraduate and professional conferences. These include the Meeting of Minds, the Purdue Clement S. Stacy Memorial Undergraduate Research Conference, and the Michigan Academy. Each year, numerous students in the Honors Program present papers at conferences, and many have their papers published in the conference proceedings. This truly singles you out from your peers as a high-achieving student and an excellent candidate for scholarships and fellowships.
"Not only was I able to observe the influence of Spain on Latin America, but I was also able to see the influence of Spain on the culture of the United States. In Segovia, there is a castle called the Alcazar that served as the inspiration for Disney’s castles in Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. Living down the street from the site where Columbus asked for permission to go the New World allowed me to again touch on the significance of Columbus’ discovery on American culture and identity." ~ Elizabeth LeBlanc, Spanish Major: Study Abroad in Salamanca, Spain