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The Robert C. Nusbaum Honors College provides an exciting academic and social community dedicated to maximizing your college experience. We offer enhanced academic classes, co-curricular enrichment activities and special programs for high-ability students in all majors.

Academic Benefits

Whenever possible, Honors courses are taught in smaller, more intimate settings than regular classes. Students participate in a deeper exploration of topics presented by our world-class faculty and distinguished visiting scholars. The Robert C. Nusbaum Honors College experience will extend beyond the classroom into the community (through service learning and internships) and into the world (through opportunities for domestic travel and study abroad).


Renewable scholarship support for every major may be available for students who apply early. DNIMAS students are supported by a partial academic scholarship and/or grant aid which covers a certain percentage of tuition, fees, room and board, and a book allowance, that is renewed on an annual basis. Parsons participants are eligible to apply for partial to full scholarships covering tuition and fees.

Advising and Registration

The RCNHC staff offers special advising for all Honors students, and all Honors students in good standing may pre-register. Juniors and Seniors who have completed the Honors Seminar have the additional privilege of customizing regular courses into Honors courses by agreements with their instructors approved before the semester begins.

The Honors College Residence Hall (Midrise)

As a Junior Fellow (the title given to all undergraduate participants in the Robert C. Nusbaum Honors College), you will enjoy living in a community with computer labs, quiet study rooms, a Junior Common Room where student-led movie fests, news and debates take place, and a Senior Common Room for mingling with visiting scholars, artists and (sometimes!) celebrities. Students also have access to dozens of peer, faculty and community mentors.

Internships and Study Abroad

Guaranteed internships for a minimum of two summers or semesters allow you to explore your career choice first-hand. You will also have the option of studying up to one semester at an approved college or university abroad. Before you go, you will have the opportunity to learn and successfully speak a foreign language.

Graduation Honors

Robert C. Nusbaum Honors College graduates receive an Honors medallion and highest recognition at graduation as well as an NSU diploma in the major with an Honors College seal and endorsement. For a special diploma, students must complete 30 hours of Honors credits, including at least one Honors Seminar (GST 345 H or GST 445 H) or an approved capstone Honors research project in the major department (for DSHP students). Students entering NSU as transfers with an A.A. or A.S. or A.A.S. plus General Studies certificate degree may receive a special diploma with 18 hours of Honors credit (including at least one Honors Seminar or Honors capstone major project).

Types of Honors Classes

Honors courses are presented in different configurations, often depending on enrollment numbers. All configurations count as H courses.

  • Straight - where all students are in the Honors College
  • Dual-Roster - where several Honors College students take a regular course but do special assignments and activities.
  • Customized - where one Honors College student who has completed the Honors Seminar or his or her Honors Capstone Course contracts with an instructor to do special assignments and activities as part of a regular course.

The enhanced syllabi for existing dual-roster and customized courses will be vetted and reviewed by the Honors College and Provost’s Office using “Characteristics of an Honors Course.” New Honors Course will be approved using the same University procedures as for regular courses.

Characteristics of an Honors Course

Honors courses generally require students to read and write more and to do more extensive research than in regular classes. Students are often asked to read “core texts,” i.e. ancient or contemporary classics in the discipline in question. The extra writing is generally 15 pages (double-spaced) more than in regular classes, but it may be distributed in short or long assignments. The faculty member determines the length and/or time intervals of all reading, writing and research assignments.

Faculty designers of Honors syllabi should strive to give their courses the following common characteristics:

  • We suggest at least three readings of pertinent core texts (to be determined by the department and instructor) beyond the usual textbook or other regular course readings. NOTE:  A text can be any length and any genre, and it can originate from any time period (including the present). Texts might also include films, paintings, seminal articles from journals, classic experiments, important case studies, great musical compositions, etc.
  • We suggest at least one additional reading assignment (beyond the three core texts above) in the history of the discipline or history of ideas.
  • We suggest at least four assignments (with a written or oral deliverable) that require CREW-related skills. CREW=Close Reading for Effective Writing. (See QEP materials.)