Curriculum Overview

The Frederik Meijer Honors College curriculum is an alternative to GVSU’s regular General Education program. Students who complete the Honors curriculum also satisfy all of their General Education requirements, including the university’s Supplemental Writing Skills (SWS) requirements.

The Honors curriculum has four components:

  • Foundational Interdisciplinary Sequence (12 credits)
  • Disciplinary Courses (0–17 credits)
  • Junior Seminar (3 credits)
  • Senior Project (1–4 credits)

Most Honors students complete between 22 and 29 credits in Honors.

Foundational Interdisciplinary Sequence

Student have two options for fulfilling this first-year requirement: they may take a 12-credit sequence, or they may take the 3-credit “Live.Learn.Lead” course plus a 9-credit sequence. All sequences span the entire academic year (both fall and winter semesters). Click on the link above for more information.

Disciplinary Courses

The first-year interdisciplinary sequences generally satisfy six of the thirteen categories of General Education requirements. The junior seminar can satisfy another two. Students satisfy the remaining categories either by applying AP, IB, dual-enrollment, or transfer credit, or by taking disciplinary courses in the Arts, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. Exact requirements are determined on a case-by-case basis in consultation with an Honors advisor. Most students end up taking two or three of these disciplinary courses (6-10 credits).

Junior Seminar

All Honors students take one 3-credit topics-type seminar that is interdisciplinary in nature and encourages students to make connections with their major, usually through a substantial scholarly or creative project.

Senior Project

The Honors Senior Project is an individually designed project offering students an opportunity to do intensive study, writing, and research in their major or another field of interest. Working with a faculty advisor/mentor of their choice, students determine the size and scope of their project, which may count for one to four credits.



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