off-campus study

At the University of Michigan-Flint, we foster educational excellence through undergraduate research. This unique experience has been a key factor in broadening the horizons, and enriching the lives of students throughout the history of the UM-Flint Honors Program.

What is undergraduate research? It involves students working one-on-one with specialists in the field, both at UM-Flint, and at campuses throughout the United States and abroad. The off-campus study semester is funded by a scholarship of up to $3,000 and usually taken the summer of the junior or senior year.

As with any adventure, the Honors Program will enhance your life personally and professionally. And you have the chance to develop relationships with people you meet during your study and experience life in another culture.

Honors Thesis

Following their off-campus study experience, students complete a senior thesis or creative project under the supervision of the Honors Advisor/Mentor. The Honors thesis or project is designed to provide expertise in the student’s discipline and further enrichment of the student’s curriculum.

The Honors Thesis is generally a research paper ranging in length from 35 to 60 pages. The paper should be well written, carefully documented, and organized.

A creative project could also meet the requirements of the senior project. The production, performance or creative work should be fashioned according to the requirements of the student’s specific area of study, and must be deemed appropriate by agreement of the Honors Advisor, the Honors Director and the Honors Council.

Creative project examples include:

  • the writing and directing of a play
  • the production of a film
  • the creation of a piece of music or art

The Honors Thesis or project may represent original research or a new finding in the field or may be an original creative work. It may also result in conference presentations and publications in scholarly journals. However, originality in the form of new findings in the field is not required for the completion of a satisfactory thesis, nor is publication or presentation at a conference.