The Honors Curriculum
Currently, the curriculum of Northern’s Honors Program can be completed in almost as many ways as our program has students. There are some basics, however:
*Twenty-one Credit Hours Total (7 courses) over your entire degree.
About one course every semester, but individual schedules vary.
*Five Honors Classes complete fifteen of the twenty-one total hours.
No more than two honors sections (six credit hours) of General Education courses (ENG 151H, CMST 101H, PSY 100H, to name a few) may count toward the twenty-one hour program.
*A two-semester, independent study (working one-on-one with a faculty mentor) capstone project completes the remaining six credit hours.
Credit for capstone projects may come from Honors or from the student’s major department, including independent research or project credit, and, with prior approval, co-op or internship or practicum credit from certain programs.
There are literally hundreds of combinations, and working with advisors in Honors and in the major departments, students from any major can complete the Honors Program. Here is one sample individual curricula:
- HNR 101 Dreams Lost and Found
- ENG 151H Honors Composition
- HNR 301 Darwin and Philosophy
- The Ancient Mid East (taken as part of KIIS Study Abroad program)
- HNR 302 Drug Policy
- HNR 491 Capstone Project I
- HNR 491 Capstone Project II
As you can see, the possibilities are limitless, but with thought and planning, the twenty-one hour Honors curriculum can easily fit with any existing NKU major—or even combination of majors!
*Very Important! Students completing the Honors Program must complete a “Program Certification Form” the semester before your intended graduation date (form is due at the Registrar’s Office on October 8, 2010, for students graduating May, 2011). Students must make an appointment with David Kime to complete the Program Certification Form.
Honors students must follow these guidelines to maintain "good standing" status in the Honors Program:
- Maintain a 3.25 cumulative University GPA.
- Enroll in an Honors course at least once a year.
- Students with a University GPA below a 3.25 at the time of graduation will not be able to claim the Honors minor, even if all of the coursework has been completed.
- Students who have gone more than two semesters without completing an Honors course will also be removed from the Honors Program unless a meeting is arranged with our student advisor, David Kime.
If a student's University GPA falls below 3.25 at the end of a semester, that student is put on probation.
- Students on probation may still enroll in Honors courses, live in the Honors dorm and receive super priority registration, but they will lose any opportunity to earn Honors scholarships or travel awards.
- If the University GPA goes back above a 3.25 after the next semester they are considered in good standing again, with all privileges reinstated.
- If the University GPA stays below a 3.25 for two semesters, the student is no longer in the Honors Program and loses all privileges, including the Honors dorm and early registration.