Advising, Honors Curriculum, and Honors Academic Standing

Honors Advising

The Honors College conducts regular, scheduled advising sessions with our students. These come in two basic forms: We have the First-Year Check-In and our regular Honors Advising sessions. Each form of advising session is arranged by invitation from the Honors Advisor to students (by email) at the appropriate point in a given semester and a student’s studies at Marshall.

First-Year Check-In is an opportunity for students to sit down with an advisor in the College to discuss the Honors Curriculum (as seen below under) and identify the best and most efficient way to complete it given the specific situation of each student (e.g. AP credit, dual enrollment hours, etc.). Students have their mandatory appointment during their first semester. Incoming student schedules are arranged by university advisors. The Honors College does not create student schedules. First-Year Check-In is also a chance to learn the College’s expectations for students to stay in Good Standing and continue making Satisfactory Progress toward graduation with University Honors (as described below). First-Year Check-In is held in the last two weeks of September and first two weeks of October. Sessions are booked by students by rolling invitation (alphabetically by student last name) and are 30 minute appointments. For more information.

Honors Advising is an opportunity for students after their first semester at Marshall to meet with advisors in the College, primarily, to discuss options for fulfilling the requirement that students complete two HON 480 Honors Seminars as part of the Honors Curriculum (as seen below). Each semester there are several of these small, interdisciplinary seminars offered through the College by outstanding faculty from across the University. Students are enrolled into these seminars by the College as they are by permission only. Those students who are nearest to graduation are given priority to complete these mandatory seminars. These Honors Advising sessions also allow the College to continue to “check-in” with students along the way and for them to ask honors-related questions.  Honors Advising begins after the coming semester schedule is released and goes “live” for students. Sessions are booked by students by rolling invitation (based on total student credit hours earned) and are 15 minute appointments. For more information.

Honors Curriculum and Graduation Requirements

The official MU transcript for a student successfully completing these requirements will state that s/he has graduated with University Honors through the Honors College.

Honors students are required to complete a total of 24 credit hours in Honors as follows:

Honors Seminar Requirements (12 credit hours)

These interdisciplinary seminars are a mandatory part of the curriculum.

  • FYS 100H (3 credit hours) – First-Year Seminar
  • HON 200 (3 credit hours) – Second-Year Seminar
  • HON 480 (3 credit hours x 2 required) – Upper-Division Seminars

General Honors Requirements [12 credit hours]

An additional 12 credit hours must be achieved through some combination of the following:

  • Additional HON 480 seminars
  • Honors [H] courses – As introductory courses regularly offered by various departments to Honors students
  • HON 488 – Honors College Student Association (HCSA) Steering Committee (an MU SGA recognized organization)
  • HON 484 – The Honors Oracle (newsletter)
  • H-option – In contract with a Faculty Mentor to enhance a non-Honors course (proposal for h-option must be approved by Honors College)
  • Study abroad (may be substituted for 3-6 credit hours through arrangement with the Honors College)

Honors students are required to maintain at least a 3.30 GPA to be in good standing with the Honors College (see below). Students must earn a C or better in a course to receive honors credit.

View the “Welcome to the Honors College” Advising Sheet

Honors Academic Standing

  • Good Standing – A student is in good standing with the Honors College with an overall grade point average that is at least 3.30.
  • Academic Probation – Whenever a student’s grade point average is below 3.30, the student will be placed on academic probation status with the Honors College, and be asked to meet with an Honors Advisor. If the overall GPA is 3.30 or above at the end of the probation semester, the student will return to Good Standing in the Honors College.
  • Dismissal – After one semester on academic probation, students who fail to achieve a 3.30 overall grade point average will be dismissed from the Honors College. Students who receive a GPA below 3.00 for courses they take in their first semester at Marshall will be dismissed from the Honors College.
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