One of the most intriguing benefits of the Honors program is the availability of small seminar classes of 15-18 students. These classes facilitate strong student/faculty interactions, are interdisciplinary in focus, and incorporate experiential learning activities. Recent course topics include: Biodiversity, Art of Mathematics, Poetry as Performance, National Parks and Monuments, Engineering for Life, The Science of Science Fiction, Artificial Intelligence, Wilderness Literature, Gender and Communications in the Workplace, Paradigm Shifts, Opera and Broadway, Science and Religion, and Biomedical Ethics.
Additional benefits include:
The Honors Student Organization sponsors activities such as a Fall retreat on Lake Superior (Vermillion field station), dinner with a professor, movie nights, mentoring, Diversity Week, etc.
Honors students have opportunities to present at state, regional and national honors conferences.
Other benefits to Honors students include early scheduling of classes (on the first day of scheduling-same as seniors), advising from the Honors Director (in addition to regular academic advising), and the option of living in Ontario Hall (the “Honors house”).
Honors students receive a University Honors Degree upon graduation; all 21 Honors credits are noted as such on the student’s transcript.
Honors Program graduates receive an Honors stole to wear at commencement in recognition of their achievements.
After graduation, letters of recommendation from the Honors Program Director and Honors Council will help you gain fulfilling employment or admission into law, medical, or graduate school.
Students with an SAT verbal + math score of at least 1200 (or an ACT composite score of at least 27) and a high school GPA of at least 3.0 are automatically invited to become Honors students. Others may petition the Honors Director for provisional admission to the program.
Students must maintain a 3.5 GPA to remain academically eligible for the program.
The University Honors Program requires 21 honors credits, half of which come from taking honors sections of general education courses or from completing “Honors Contracts” in non-Honors sections. With Honors Contracts, the student meets with the professor to tailor and undertake a project above and beyond the course’s typical expectations.
To remain active in the Honors Program, students must enroll in Honors courses. Incoming freshmen should enroll in Honors English (ENGL 110 and ENGL 111) and Honors Speech (COMM 101) during their first year at LSSU. This will secure 9 of the 21 Honors credits required.