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What is the required Honors Program work?

Participation in the Honors Program is a benefit extended to the University’s most accomplished young scholars. The program provides an opportunity for a student to be involved in the scholarly community of professors and like-minded peers from day one. Students will receive personalized attention to their academic interests and pursuits, and the opportunity to tailor their educational experience to future goals. The privileges also include participation in Honors only events, programs and cultural outings.

Participation in the Honors Program requires serious academic commitments from students in addition to exemplary ethical conduct. Specific requirements to maintain participation in Honors Program include the following:

  • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Complete Honors coursework as outlined below
  • HN 101, an Introductory Honors Seminar. The seminar should be completed during the first year by students admitted to the Program as Freshmen, and in the second year by existing NU Student Applicants
  • Honors Contract Course during the second year
  • HN 301, Research Methods Seminar during the Fall semester of the third year in the Program
  • During the third year in the program prepare a research proposal for Senior Honors Thesis/Project that will be reviewed by the Honors Council
  • Complete Senior Honors Thesis based on the approved proposal during the fourth year in the Program
  • Successfully defend Senior Thesis and present the results at the appropriate academic forum
  • Participate in specified Honors Events and Colloquia
  • Demonstrate conduct befitting an Honors Student

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