Four-Year Program

This program, designed for entering first-year students, consists of a first-Year/sophomore phase and a junior/senior phase. It parallels the regular university non-honors curriculum from first-year through senior years.

During first-year 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 guides 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.

First-Year First Semester Example

  • Register for HON 155 (5cr) fall semester
  • Register for all your other regular courses for your major
  • Remember: HON 155 is a bargain, covering four different requirements
    • Counts as required  ENG 111 class (3 credits)
    • Counts as  3 required credits of humanities
    • Prerequisite for entering the Honors Program
    • Prerequisite for Honors 156 (taken winter semester)
  • Have a conflict? Engineering or nursing for example:
    • If a required sequenced course in your major conflicts with Honors 155 and you can’t take it any other time, we are flexible!
    • Postpone HON 155

Honors Courses: Four-Year Program

  • First-Year:
    • HON 155 (5 cr fall semester)
    • 156 (5 cr winter semester)
  • Sophomore Year:
    • HON 251 (3 cr fall semester)
    • HON 252 (3 cr winter semester)
    • HON 393 (1 credit per semester starting sophomore year)
  • Junior Year:
    • ​​​​​​​HON 494 (1 credit) off-campus proposal
  • Senior Year:
    • ​​​​​​​HON 496 (4 cr) honors thesis or project
    • HON 498 (3 cr) honors capstone

Don’t forget your foreign language requirement:

  • ​​​​​​​111 and 112 in any foreign language and 205 if available, or ASL 111 and 112
  • You may test into any 212 foreign language

Two-Year Junior/Senior Transfer Program

This program is designed for transfer students from other universities or colleges and for UM-Flint students who did not begin the Honors Program in their first-year. It parallels the junior/senior phase of the four-year program, but with some modifications.

During the fall semester after you have been accepted into the junior/senior transfer program, you take HON 355: Great Books (5 credits), which is the gateway course to the Honors Program. You also take 1 credit of HON 393 with the Honors Director to begin preparing for your off-campus experience.

The junior/senior transfer program is designed to promote independent study and scholarship within the student’s concentration or major area of specialization.

During the summer of your 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 guides 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 two 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.

Junior/Senior First Semester Example

  • Register for HON 355 (5cr) fall semester
    • Remember: HON 355 is an important gateway course, and is a vital introduction to the Honors Program
    • Counts as an upper level course outside your major
  • Register for HON 393 (1cr) each semester (fall and winter)
    • There are six sections to choose from
  • Register for all your other regular courses in your major

Honors Courses: Junior/Senior Program

  • First-Year:
    • HON 355 (5 cr fall semester)
    • HON 252 (3 cr winter semester) OR HON 251 (3 cr fall semester first or second year)
  • Second-Year:
    • HON 494 (1 credit) off-campus proposal
    • HON 393 (1 credit per semester)
  • Third Year:
    • HON 496 (4 cr) Honors Thesis or Project
    • HON 498 (3 cr) Honors Capstone

Don’t forget your foreign language requirement:

  • 111 and 112 in any foreign language and 205 if available, OR ASL 111 and 112
  • You may test into any 212 foreign language