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All Track I Honors Scholars complete 27 credit hours of Honors coursework. The Honors curriculum does not replace or modify your requirements in JMU General Education or the major. However, many Honors courses will double or even triple count toward General Education requirements, a student's major requirements, as well as toward the Honors total. 

Track I is for incoming freshmen only.

Curricular Components

Honors General Education classes: 6 credits

Honors Seminars: 6 credits

Honors Electives: 9 credits

Honors Capstone Project: 6 credits

Curriculum Guide

Honors electives can be any combination of Honors seminars, Honors elective courses within a discipline, special designated Honors General Educations courses, Honors option courses, or Honors Study Abroad opportunities. Typically, Honors course requirements can be completed within a normal four-year sequence. Track I students who successfully complete all their Honors requirements will have the designation of Honors Scholar included on their transcripts and diplomas. In addition, the Honors College gives each Honors graduate a medallion to wear at Commencement.

Good Standing in Honors

Honors students are required to maintain good standing in the program. Failure to meet these standards or violation of the University Honors Code will be grounds for dismissal. Please refer to Maintaining Good Standing in the Handbook for important information.

Track 1 curriculum

First year: Take one or two Honors courses each semester. Completing the core requirements should be a primary goal. Consider an optional program such as an Honors Seminar Abroad over the summer or an Area of Emphasis for the next year.

Second year: Work towards completing Honors seminars and elective requirements. Complete a signature Area of Emphasis course sequence (optional). Consider an Honors Seminar Abroad over the summer.

Third year: Complete Honors seminars and elective requirements (if possible). In second semester, begin the Honors Capstone Project, submitting the project proposal and completing the first 499 course.

Fourth year: Should be devoted to completing the Honors Capstone Project and finishing Honors seminar and elective requirements (if any).

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