2014-2015 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog
Meijer Honors College Requirements
To graduate from the Meijer Honors College, a student must satisfy the following course requirements, which also fulfill the general education and writing skills requirements of the university, as well as the Issues requirement.
University Basic Skills Requirements
Many honors students satisfy this requirement by taking AP English in high school and scoring a 3 or better on the AP test. Completion of any Foundational Interdisciplinary Sequence with a B average satisfies the WRT 150 requirement.
2. Mathematical Sciences
All students must satisfy this requirement by taking one of the following courses or through AP scores of 3 or better in Calculus. Courses satisfying this requirement are:
- CIS 160 - Programming with Visual Basic Credits: 3
- MTH 122 - College Algebra Credits: 3
- MTH 123 - Trigonometry Credits: 3
- MTH 125 - Survey of Calculus Credits: 3
- MTH 131 - Introduction to Mathematics Credits: 3
- MTH 201 - Calculus I Credits: 4
- MTH 221 - Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I Credits: 4
- PHI 103 - Logic Credits: 3
- STA 215 - Introductory Applied Statistics Credits: 3
3. General Education Issues
Honors students satisfy their requirement for two Issues courses by completing the honors curricular requirements. If, on the other hand, a student does not complete the honors curriculum, then they must complete the basic course requirements of the university.
Honors College Requirements
1. Foundational Interdisciplinary Sequence
Honors students will normally complete one of the foundational interdisciplinary sequences. Except in extraordinary circumstances, this sequence should be taken in the first year, as it offers guidance to students in making a transition from high school to university work.
American Civilization, European Civilization, Classical World, Islamic Middle East, Asian Civilization, and African Civilization are regularly offered as two courses per semester for two successive semesters. The Making of Europe is usually offered as one course per semester for four successive semesters. Other options are available from year to year.
- HNR 213 - American Civilization I Credits: 3
- HNR 214 - American Civilization I Credits: 3
- HNR 223 - American Civilization II Credits: 3
- HNR 224 - American Civilization II Credits: 3
- HNR 211 - Classical World I Credits: 3
- HNR 212 - Classical World I Credits: 3
- HNR 221 - Classical World II Credits: 3
- HNR 222 - Classical World II Credits: 3
- HNR 215 - European Civilization I Credits: 3
- HNR 216 - European Civilization I Credits: 3
- HNR 225 - European Civilization II Credits: 3
- HNR 226 - European Civilization II Credits: 3
Islamic Middle East
- HNR 209 - Islamic Middle East I: The Classical Period Credits: 3
- HNR 210 - Islamic Middle East I: Philosophy and Art Credits: 3
- HNR 219 - Islamic Middle East II: The Modern World Credits: 3
- HNR 220 - Islamic Middle East II: Philosophy and Art Credits: 3
The Making of Europe
- HNR 217 - The Making of Europe I Credits: 3
- HNR 218 - The Making of Europe II: The High Middle Ages Credits: 3
- HNR 227 - The Making of Europe III: Early Renaissance Credits: 3
- HNR 228 - The Making of Europe IV: Late Renaissance Credits: 3
- HNR 254 - African Civilization I Credits: 3
- HNR 255 - African Civilization I Credits: 3
- HNR 274 - African Civilization II Credits: 3
- HNR 275 - African Civilization II Credits: 3
2. Culture Requirements
Students selecting the Meijer Honors College will most often satisfy the U.S. Diversity and World Perspectives requirements with the Foundational Interdisciplinary sequences and/or other specifically designated courses in the Honors College. For example, students taking American Civilization will need a World Perspectives course, while students taking Classical World, European Civilization, Islamic Middle East, and the Making of Europe will need a U.S. Diversity course. Alternatively, a student can take general courses in the greater university that carry the designation World Perspectives (WP) or the United States Diversity (USD), but this does not substitute for a course in the curriculum in the honors college.
3. Honors Social Sciences
Students need two Honors Social Sciences courses, each from a different discipline. They may select an integrated sequence such as Society and Self (HNR 233 and 234), or may take two separate courses. High school advanced placement exams may satisfy an honors social science requirement. Substitutions may also be made if a student's major, minor, or concentration requires it, though the approval of the director must be obtained in this or any other case of substitution. Honors social science courses include:
- HNR 231 - The Holocaust (3 credits)
- HNR 232 - Trauma, Culture, Memory (3 credits)
- HNR 235 - Democracy and Political Thinking (3 credits)
- ANT 204 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)
- PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology (3 credits)
- ECO 211 - Introductory Microeconomics (3 credits)
- HNR 233 - Society and Self: Sociological Perspective (3 credits)
- HNR 234 - Society and Self: Psychological Perspective (3 credits)
4. Honors Natural Sciences
All students must take two natural science courses, one in life sciences and one in physical sciences. One must be a course that includes a laboratory component. High school advanced placement exams may satisfy an honors science requirement. Substitutions may also be made if a student's major, minor, or concentration requires another general education science course, though the approval of the director must be obtained in this or any other case of substitution. Honors sciences are as follows:
Physical Sciences: (Choose one)
Life Sciences: (Choose one)
- HNR 242 - Plants and People Credits: 3
- HNR 245 - Microbes and Society Credits: 3
- HNR 247 - Molecules of Life in Perspective Credits: 3
5. Honors Junior Seminar
Each student takes at least one course from among the following during her/his junior or senior year.
- HNR 300 - Classical Mythology Credits: 3
- HNR 311 - Honors Junior Seminar Credits: 3
- HNR 312 - Honors Junior Seminar Credits: 3
- HNR 313 - Honors Junior Seminar Credits: 3
- HNR 324 - Worlds of Late Antiquity Credits: 3
- HNR 331 - Culture and the Holocaust Credits: 3
6. Honors Senior Project
See course description under course offerings.
- HNR 499 - Honors Senior Project Credits: 1 to 4
General Education Requirements Information
Satisfaction of the Grand Valley general education requirements through completion of the Meijer Honors College curriculum does not add any additional coursework to a student's program. In fact, it often results in a reduction of the number of general education credits required. Each student is encouraged to see either the director or a Meijer Honors College advisor to prepare a course of study, which satisfies university requirements and Honors requirements. There is flexibility in Meijer Honors College planning to meet the needs of various majors.
Students, especially in the prehealth and engineering curricula, should meet regularly with their major advisors as well as with a Meijer Honors College advisor.
The information given in course offerings (below) helps the student and her/his advisor determine which requirements in general education have been satisfied.
Suggested Order of Coursework to Complete Honors
- Foundational Interdisciplinary Sequence - 6 credit hours Fall, 6 credit hours Winter.
- Honors Social Sciences and Sciences (in any order)
- Honors Junior Seminar
- Honors Senior Project