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Honors Program Minor


The Honors Program offers advanced and creative students an opportunity to develop their abilities and talents in classes and projects more challenging than those experienced by most undergraduates. In the final course, students design a semester- long research or creative project of professional quality related to their major field of study.

The Honors Program offers the following distinct benefits: a superior education (more reading, writing, and seminar discussions among students and faculty, whereby students develop greater intellectual acuity, breadth of knowledge, and aptitude for creative thinking); small seminar-style classes; and recognition on transcripts of all Honors courses, which enhances applications for professional careers and graduate schools. Completion of the Honors Program fulfills the university requirement for an academic minor.

Students who apply for admission as new freshmen with an ACT score of 21, or with a high school GPA of 3.5 or better, will be considered automatically and may be invited to participate in the program. Students may also be nominated by a high school teacher or counselor, or by a faculty member at Highlands University. Transfer students may be admitted with a college GPA of 3.5 or better.


Required courses: 21 credit hours

HONR            100     Honors Forum (2)
HONR            151     Honors Seminar I (4)
HONR            251     Honors Seminar II (4)
HONR            351     Honors Seminar III (4)
HONR            451     Honors Seminar IV (4)
HONR            490     Honors Thesis (3)


HONR 100: Honors Forum (2). An exploration of the research, scholarship, and creative activity ongoing in the academic fields represented at NMHU, with a focus on discovery.

HONR 151: Honors Seminar I: The Ancients (4). This seminar is an introduction to the modes of organization of knowledge through the Middle Ages up to the Renaissance.

HONR 251: Honors Seminar II: Renaissance (4). This course investigates the shifting intellectual and scholarly perspectives of the Renaissance.

HONR 351: Honors Seminar III: Reason and Romanticism (4). This seminar is an examination of the periods of the Age of Enlightenment and Romanticism, in terms of the shifting modes for the organization of knowledge.

HONR 451: Honors Seminar IV: The Modern and Beyond (4). This seminar examines the intellectual movements of the latter 19th and 20th centuries, with a focus on shifting ideological models.

HONR 490: Honors Thesis (3). A capstone course, team-taught by at least two faculty members, one of whom is the student’s major advisor, who form an undergraduate thesis committee. Students complete a senior thesis project of professional quality, which is submitted for conference or campus presentation.