Honors courses are usually taught in small, intimate settings where students participate in a deeper exploration of topics presented by our world-class faculty and distinguished visiting scholars. The Honors College experience will extend beyond the classroom into the community (through service learning and internships) and into the world (through opportunities for travel and study abroad).
Renewable scholarship support for every major is available for students who apply early. DNIMAS students are supported by a full, four-year scholarship/grant aid that is renewed on an annual basis. Parsons and DSHP Scholars are eligible for partial to full scholarships covering tuition and fees. Students receiving Presidential or Provost Scholarships must participate in the Honors College, as must students receiving Academic Success Grants, W L Craig awards, Barnes and Noble awards, Norfolk 17 awards, and certain designated College or School awards.
Advising and Registration
The Honors College staff offers special advising for all Honors students, and all 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 agreement with their instructors.
The Midrise Honors College Residence Hall
As a Junior Fellow (the title given to all undergraduate participants in the Honors College), you will enjoy living in a learning community with computer labs, quiet study rooms, a Junior Commons Room where movie fests and conversations take place, and a Senior Commons Room for mingling with visiting scholars, artists and other guests. Students also have access to a the Honors College’s Senior Fellows, a group of distinguished 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.
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 entering in Fall 2009 and thereafter must complete 30 hours of Honors credits (or approved DNIMAS courses), including at least one Honors Seminar (GST 345 H or GST 445 H) or an approved capstone Honors research project in the major department (or through DNIMAS). Students in Discipline-Specific Honors Programs take 18 hours of General Education Honors courses and 12 hours of Honors courses (including their capstone) in their major. 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/Honors major project).
- Leadership training
- Preparation for graduate school admissions tests
- Free trips to Honors conferences
- Opportunities for service learning and civic engagement
- Membership in the Honors College Student Association
- Free tickets to theater, opera and civic and cultural events