Honors Program Requirements

Once you've been admitted to the Honors Program, you will need to maintain an overall GPA of 3.4 and you will need to meet the following requirements in order to successfully complete the program:

Curricular Requirements for Students Who Entered the Honors Program During/After 2021/2022

Students must complete the Honors Program Curriculum requirements outlined below with a total of 25-30 credit hours in courses with an Honors designation. Students majoring in programs with special accreditation will have slightly different requirements as outlined below. All Honors students must maintain a GPA of 3.4 or higher in order to graduate from the Honors Program.

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Honors Curriculum Requirements

Honors Core Requirements:

  • HONR 1100 Honors Seminar — 1 credit hour
  • HONR 3350 Honors Seminar in Special Topics — 3 credit hours
  • Honors Senior Thesis Project:          
    • HONR 4400 Honors Thesis Design — 3 credit hours
    • Honors Thesis Project in Student’s Major Field — 3 credit hours
      • Honors students will determine an appropriate project in consultation with the Honors Director and their faculty mentor. Students will be required to present their project in an appropriate venue upon its completion.
    • Total Credits Required for Honors Core — 10 credit hours

Core Curriculum / Elective Honors Requirements:

In addition to the Honors Core outlined above, Honors students will complete an additional 15-20 credit hours through a combination of courses with an Honors designation, including but not limited to:

  • Core Curriculum in Basic Skills, Critical Reasoning, and Personal Development with Honors designation
  • HONR 2200 (Honors Mentoring) – repeatable for credit
  • HONR 3301 (Honors Study/Travel) – repeatable for credit
  • HONR 3350 (Honors Seminar in Special topics) – repeatable for credit
  • Major Requirements or Electives with Honors designation

Total Credit Hours Required25-30 credit hours

Minimum GPA3.4 

EXCEPTIONS FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS AND STUDENTS IN PROGRAMS WITH SPECIAL ACCREDITATION NEEDS

Honors Requirements for Transfer Students

Students who transfer into the Honors Program from another institution with at least 60 credits must complete 15-20 credit hours in the Honors curriculum. Requirements include:

  • HONR 3350 Honors Seminar in Special Topics — 3 credit hours
  • Honors Senior Thesis Project:          
    • HONR 4400 Honors Thesis Design — 3 credit hours
    • Honors Thesis Project in Student’s Major Field — 3 credit hours
      • Honors students will determine an appropriate project in consultation with the Honors Director and their faculty mentor. Students will be required to present their project in an appropriate venue upon its completion.
  • Courses with Honors designation in the Core Curriculum, major field of study, or the HONR course prefix — 6-11 credit hours

Honors Requirements for Nursing Students

Students completing the RN-BSN Nursing degree will undertake the following program of study for their core Honors requirements:

  • HONR 1100 Honors Seminar — 1 credit hour
  • HONR 3350 Honors Seminar in Special Topics — 3 credit hours
  • NURS 3380 Evidence Based Practice — 3 credit hours
    • With Honors designation
  • NURS 4400 Practicum — 5 credit hours
    • With Honors designation
  • Honors Core Curriculum / Electives — 13-18 credit hours

Honors Requirements for Education Students

Students completing the Elementary Education degree will undertake the following program of study for their core Honors requirements:

  • HONR 1100 Honors Seminar — 1 credit hour
  • HONR 3350 Honors Seminar in Special Topics — 3 credit hours
  • HONR 4400 Honors Thesis Design — 2 credit hours
  • EDUC 4485 Action Research — 1 credit hour
    • With Honors designation
  • EDUC 4491 Elementary Education Student Teaching — -10 credit hours
    • With Honors designation
  • Honors Core Curriculum / Electives — 15-20 credit hours

* Students completing Secondary Education degrees will determine in consultation with the Director of Honors and their academic advisor the best course of action for satisfying their senior thesis requirement.

Curricular Requirements for Students Who Entered the Honors Program During 2020/2021

Students who entered the Honors Program during the 2020/2021 academic year will be expected to complete 30 credit hours in Honors courses. Those credit hours will be completed in a combination of Honors sections of the Common Core, Honors electives, and the Honors Senior Thesis Project. See below for details. 

  • Honors Core Curriculum ........................................................16-27 total credit hours
    • Honors Seminar (HONR 1100) ...............1 credit hours
    • Basic Skills ..............................................6-10 credit hours
    • Critical Reasoning in the Disciplines ......6-10 credit hours
    • Personal Development ..........................3-6 credit hours
  • Honors Electives .....................................................................0-8 credit hours
    • options include, but are not limited, to the following:
      • Honors BSBA 3306, Business Law I
      • Honors BSBA 3330, Leadership
      • Honors HONR 3301, Study/Travel
        • repeatable for credit
      • Honors HONR 3330, Empowering Leadership
      • Honors WGST 2201, Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
      • Honors INTR 3300, Empowering Leadership
      • Honors INTR 3331, Great Ideas of Leaders
      • Honors POLI 3393, Future Global Crises
      • Honors PSCY 3393, Future Global Crises
      • Honors TECH 3393, Future Global Crises
      • Honors HONR 3350, Honors Seminar in Special Topics
  • Honors Senior Thesis Project ..............................6 credit hours
Curricular Requirements for Students Who Entered the Honors Program Prior to 2020/2021

Courses vary according to the program of study each student chooses.  Generally, however, students take two Honors courses each semester during their first two years at Fairmont State.  At minimum, they need 25 to 27 credit hours in Honors courses to complete the Honors Program; most of the Honors courses also satisfy the university’s General Studies requirements. Students will also complete an Honors Senior Project in their field of study.

  • Honors Seminar ............................................ 1 credit hour
  • Honors ENGL 1108 ....................................... 3 credit hours
  • Honors Literature .......................................... 3 credit hours
  • Honors Math or Science ............................... 3-5 credit hours
  • Honors U.S. History ....................................... 3 credit hours
  • Honors Philosophy or World Civilizations .... 3 credit hours
  • Honors Fine Arts or Communications .......... 3 credit hours
  • Honors Social Science ................................... 3 credit hours
  • Honors Interdisciplinary Studies ................... 3 credit hours
  • Senior Project ........................................... 6 credit hours