Honors Curriculum and Requirements

The Shackouls Honors College offers a rigorous and distinctive curriculum for our students. Honors students have the option of following a specific path toward graduation with honors—our Cursus Honorum—or selecting from a wide variety of courses as best fits their schedules and career goals. In both cases they will be challenged by some of the university's finest educators and enjoy the experience of small class sizes and innovative assignments.

To be considered a student in good standing in the Honors College a student must complete one Honors course during the first semester at MSU and at least one 3 credit hour course per year plus the Senior Capstone Experience. All students must also keep a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or above to be in good standing. After 3 semesters each student must file with the Honors College Office a declaration of intent to complete the Senior Capstone Experience with a tentative selection of their chosen path. This can be a Senior Seminar in their major field of study, with a substantial presentation to the class; an internship with a presentation to a group of professionals; or a research project culminating in an Honors Thesis, with formal defense.