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Program Requirements

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Program Requirements

JMU offers three Honors Program tracks to academically talented students: the Honors Scholars Program (Tracks I and II) and the Senior Honors Project (Track III). The requirements for Track I and II Honors Scholars vary slightly but are similar. Students in Tracks I and II have the opportunity to choose an Area of Emphasis and participate in an Honors Seminar Abroad. Track III requires the completion of the Senior Honors Project only.


Track I

(Track I is for incoming freshmen only.)

All Track I Honors Scholars must complete 27 credit hours of Honors coursework. Honors requirements do not supplant or alter a student's requirements in General Education or the major. However, many Honors courses will double or even triple count toward General Education requirements or the student's major requirements as well as toward the Honors total. 

Track I Course Requirements:

Honors General Education:
Honors Seminars:
Honors Electives:
Senior Honors Project:

6 credit hours
6 credit hours
9 credit hours
6 credit hours

Honors electives can be any combination of Honors Gen Ed courses, Honors seminars, or Honors options. Unless a student opts to take many extra hours in Honors, these course requirements can be completed within a normal four-year sequence--even for students who double major. Track I students who successfully complete all their Honors requirements will have the designation of Honors Scholar included on their transcripts and diplomas, as well as the indication of graduation With Distinction in their major. In addition, the Honors Program gives each Honors graduate a medallion to wear at graduation.

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 probation or dismissal. Please refer to Maintaining Good Standing for important information.

Track I Timeline
  • 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 an Area of Emphasis (optional). Consider an Honors Seminar Abroad over the summer.
  • Third year: Complete Honors seminars and elective requirements (if possible). In second semester, begin the Senior Honors Project, submitting the project proposal and completing the first 499 course.
  • Fourth year: Should be devoted to completing the Senior Honors Project and finishing Honors seminar and elective requirements (if any).

Track II 

(Track II is for current and transfer students only.)

All Track II Honors Scholars must complete 24 credit hours of Honors coursework. Honors requirements do not supplant or alter a student's requirements in General Education or the major. However, many Honors courses will double or even triple count toward General Education requirements or the student's major requirements as well as toward the Honors total. 

Track II Course Requirements:

Honors Seminars: 
Honors Electives:
Senior Honors Project:

6 credit hours
12 credit hours
6 credit hours

Honors electives can be any combination of Honors Gen Ed courses, Honors seminars, or Honors options. Unless a student opts to take many extra hours in Honors, the following course requirements can be completed within a normal four-year sequence--even for students who double major. Track II students who successfully complete all their Honors requirements will have the designation of Honors Scholar included on their transcripts and diplomas, as well as the indication of graduation With Distinction in their major. In addition, the Honors Program gives each Honors graduate a medallion to wear at graduation.

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 probation or dismissal. Please refer to Maintaining Good Standing for important information.

Track II Timeline

Track II students who enter the Honors Program in their second, third, or fourth semester of university work should begin taking Honors courses as soon as possible. Track II students should especially consider using the Honors option in courses in their major field of study. Depending on the semester of entry, Track II students may be eligible to complete an Area of Emphasis and/or an Honors Seminar Abroad. Track II students will begin their Senior Honors Project in the second semester of the junior year, submitting the project proposal and completing the first 499 course. The final year should be devoted to completing the Senior Honors Project and any remaining Honors course requirements.


Track III

Requirements for Track III Honors consist of the completion of the Senior Honors Project only.