Frequently Asked Questions
Does the Honors Program offer any scholarships or grants?
Yes, the Honors Program offers a variety of scholarships, fellowships, and grants, depending on the research need.
These are described in full in the Research + Scholarships page.
- Are there opportunities in the Honors Program for presentations, publications, and research?
There are many opportunities for these. Students are encouraged to submit their research to be presented at the Undergraduate Research Symposium, THIS IS HONORS, the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference, and the Western Regional Honors Conference. Students may also publish any type of work in Attic Salt
, which is run by Honors students, and creative writing in Scribendi
, which is produced by the Western Regional Honors Council.
- Is it possible to take a non-honors course in place of an Honors course?
Upon consultation with the Director, Honors students, who are truly unable to fulfill Honors Core requirements, may substitute any upper-division course with similar themes for HNRS credit with the agreement of the course’s professor. It is recommended that you do not deviate from the Honors Core curriculum because part of the Honors experience is taking the classes. Therefore, enrolling in classes that replace that Core defeats the purpose of being in the Honors Program.
- How does Study Abroad affect the completion of my Honors Core requirements?
The University Honors Program encourages you to study abroad. Its requirements have been specially designed to allow you to do so. Most Honors students do not find it difficult to study abroad during the summer, semester, or both.
- What is the Honors senior thesis and what work/research does it entail?
Undergraduate excellence is the hallmark of the University Honors Program. Every student graduating with University Honors distinction must submit an Honors thesis or suitable culminating project. If your major discipline does not require a thesis or capstone course/project, then you will enroll in HNRS 497 and do an Honors thesis under the guidance of a thesis advisor, whom you select. Thesis and capstone projects can be art exhibitions, recitals, films, etc. You do not have to write a research paper for your thesis. All project proposals must be submitted to the Honors Program for approval. Please consult the Handbook for more information about fulfilling thesis requirements.
- What are Honors Passport events? Are they mandatory?
Honors Passport events are events offered by the University Honors Program for Honors students and the LMU community as a whole. They include anything from discussion panels to keynote speakers, to student research presentations. These events are key contributions to your education as a whole person. As part of the Honors Program Compact, students must attend a majority of Honors Passport events or else be put on academic probation.
- What are HAC and SHAC, and what are their purposes?
The Honors Advisory Council (HAC) is made up of Honors professors and administrators. It evaluates the program and advises the Director. It is also responsible for reviewing applications of incoming freshmen, applications for Honors Summer Research Fellowships, and for reviewing the Honors curriculum and instruction. The Student Honors Advisory Council (SHAC) is comprised of all Honors Program students. SHAC collaborates with the Director, HAC, and other Honors students to maintain a program relevant to the students' needs. Its main job is to be a forum for students to communicate with the Honors administration on any and all issues affecting the Honors Program. SHAC is also responsible for programming co-curricular events such as socials, speakers, dinners, outings, etc.
If I wanted to bring a speaker or artist to campus or plan an event for my Honors peers, am I able to do that? How do I do that?
Yes! We encourage you to bring speakers and artists to campus and to plan events. You may do this through SHAC by submitting a SHAC proposal form to the Honors Program Administrator. You may pick up these forms from the Honors Program Office or may request that a form be emailed to you.
- Are there any paid positions available to students in the Honors Program?
Yes. All Honors students in good standing are eligible to apply to be an Honors Teaching Assistant (TA) for HNRS 100 in the fall as well as to be an Honors Student Associate for the following academic year. In the spring semester, applications will be available via email to current Honors students. The Honors Program also hires work-study students as needed. You can also be a Resident Advisor (RA) in the Honors residential buildings, which are currently Del Rey South, Rains, and Leavey 6. These positions are funded through the Student Housing Office not through Honors; however, the Honors Program is involved in the interviewing and hiring of Honors RA’s.
- My cumulative GPA dropped below 3.5. Am I still in the Honors Program?
Yes, but you are now on academic probation. If you do not earn a 3.5 GPA within the appointed time frame, you risk being dismissed from the University Honors Program.
- What does it mean to be on probation?
Being on academic probation means you have failed to meet any of these three requirements:
1) A cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher while completing the Honors Core
2) Judicial clearance from LMU Student Affairs
3) Attendance at a majority of University Honors Program events.
While on probation, students have one semester to bring themselves back into good standing. If you do not satisfy all three criteria by the end of the probationary period, you must meet with the Director to discuss the possibility of continuing in the program. From that meeting, two results are possible: (1) your probation will extend for one more semester (assuming that this option has not been taken previously); (2) you will be dismissed from the University Honors Program.
If your probation status extends, then you must return to good standing the next semester. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the Honors Program. Repetitive probation will also result in dismissal from the University Honors Program. Students can only be on probation for a total of three semesters during their tenure in the University Honors Program.
- What are the consequences I face while on probation?
While on probation, you will still receive any Honors related scholarship funds as well as priority registration and Honors housing. You are not excluded from summit or any regular Honors events.
However, while on probation you are ineligible for Burcham’s Court Room, Ambassadorial Awards, and Honors Summer Research Fellowships. Additionally, you may not apply for Honors Student Associates, RA, or TA positions. You are also not allowed to submit work to the NCHC or WRHC Conferences and will not be funded to attend NCHC, WRHC, or AJCU conferences
As an Honors student, you must be in good standing at the beginning of the spring semester of your Senior year in order to receive University Honors recognition at commencement. Those not in good standing by that time will not receive the University Honors Program medallion or the program’s endorsement for a Presidential Citation.
- How is a student dismissed from the University Honors Program?
Should a student not be able to meet the continuation criteria in the Probation Policy, he/she will be dismissed from the University Honors Program upon failure to restore good standing. Dismissed students will be dropped from all enrolled Honors classes and will no longer be eligible for any Honors related privileges, funds, or opportunities.
There are two types of dismissal:
1) Dismissal with
Honors Core - This means that the student’s completion of the Honors Core courses will serve as fulfilling the University's Core requirements. These students will not do an Honors thesis, but will need to have fulfilled all other Honors Program requirements within one semester after dismissal.
2) Dismissal without
Honors Core - This means that the student’s Honors classes already taken will be converted into credits for the University’s Core curriculum, but he/she will be responsible for fulfilling any remaining requirements of the University’s Core. The Honors Program will ensure that all Honors courses count for University Core credits, with the exception of the foreign language courses, since they are not part of the University’s Core.
- Once you are dismissed from the University Honors Program, can you be reinstated if you now meet all the criteria?
- What is the Academic Honesty Policy?
It is the expectation that all Honors students submit their own work and correctly produce outstanding undergraduate scholarship. If it is determined that an Honors student has been academically dishonest in any way (see the University Bulletin’s policy for more information on what constitutes Academic Dishonesty), either in an Honors course or any other course taken at LMU, that student must meet with the Director of the University Honors Program. The meeting will result in either probation, extension of probation, or dismissal from Honors, depending on the severity of academic dishonesty and the standing of the student in the program prior to the offense.