- Contacts: Dr. Nicki LoCascio, Dean; Dr. Brian A. Hoey, Associate Dean
- Website: http://www.marshall.edu/honors
Mission of the College
The Marshall University Honors College was established to provide educational opportunities for students of high ability. Honors students, each of whom is concurrently enrolled in a degree-granting college, are encouraged to raise personal expectations by pursuing enriched courses both within and beyond the regular curriculum. The program supports intellectual excellence and creativity by bringing together outstanding students and outstanding professors. To this end, students participating in the Honors College will:
- Make connections while adapting and applying skills and learning among varied disciplines, domains of thinking, experiences, and situations.
- Outline divergent solutions to a problem, develop and explore potentially controversial proposals, and synthesize ideas or expertise to generate original plans and approaches.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of their own work, reflect on strengths and weakness of their knowledge and skills in defined areas, and devise ways to make improvements.
- Produce cohesive oral, written, and visual communications capable of connecting effectively with specific audiences.
- Appraise how cultural beliefs and practices affect inter-group communication, how specific approaches to global issues may affect communities differently, and how varying economic, religious, social, or geographical interests can result in conflict.
- Demonstrate principles of ethical citizenship and socially responsible leadership through collaborative partnerships.
- Evaluate how academic theories and public policy inform one another to support civic well-being.
- Entering freshmen register for FYS 100H First Year Seminar-Honors.
- All second-year students will take HON 200 Second Year Seminar, in leadership, ethics and civic engagement.
- Each semester several small, interdisciplinary seminars for upperclass students are taught as sections of HON 480 Special Topics by professors from different disciplines. Seminars enable students to study in depth a special topic outside and beyond the regular curriculum. Honors seminar credits may fulfill department major or college general education requirements with the approval of a student’s primary college dean. Course offerings vary each semester. Seminar titles appear in the official Schedule of Courses published each semester by the Registrar’s Office under the HON prefix.
- Individual departments offer honors sections of regular courses that can be used to earn honors credits. These courses are identified in this catalog and the online schedule by an H following the course number.
- The Honors Option allows an honors student enrolled in a non-honors course to receive honors credit. The student contracts with an instructor, no later than within the first two weeks of the semester in which the course is offered, to perform work of a different quality (not merely quantity) than others in the class. Assignments for the H-option should involve higher-level cognitive processes and products, service, and extra engagement with the professor. H-option instructions and forms are available on the Honors College website.
- Other Honors Experiences
The Honors College strongly encourages students to consider studying abroad as undergraduates. To that end, the college will waive up to 6 of the required general honors hours for study abroad experiences for which the student receives academic credit through Marshall. Students must request the waiver by submitting the Study Abroad Substitution form available on the Honors College website.
Participation on the staff of the Honors College student newsletter (HON 484 Honors College Newsletter) or on the Steering Committee of the Honors College Student Association (HON 488 Student Assoc Steering Comm) earns honors credit.
For incoming students general honors credit may be waived by college credit with a grade of A or B, AP credit, or IB credit earned in high school according to the following scale:
- 15 – 30 credits: 3 credit honors waiver
- 31+ credits: 6 credit honors waiver
To receive honors credit, students must petition the Dean by the end of their first semester using the form found on the Honors College website.
Additional opportunities for earning honors credits are found in the college policy handbook.
Yeager Scholars Program
The Yeager Scholars Program is named for United States Air Force Brigadier General (Retired) Charles E. “Chuck’’ Yeager, a West Virginia native and the first person to break the sound barrier in his historic 1947 flight of the Bell-X-1 aircraft. The Yeager Scholars Program offers an enhanced educational experience, providing the scholars with opportunities to expand their intellectual abilities, to develop leadership potential, to become effective communicators, and to gain the skills and knowledge necessary for successful careers. Through the generosity of many donors, especially the Society of Yeager Scholars, students in the Yeager program receive tuition, fees, room and board, a textbook allowance, a personal computer, a stipend, and education-related study abroad expenses. For additional information, see https://www.marshall.edu/yeager/.
Honors College admission criteria for entering freshman are enrollment in a bachelor’s degree program, an ACT composite score of 26 or higher (SAT equivalent of 1230) on a single attempt, and a 3.5 high school Grade Point Average. Following their acceptance to Marshall University, qualified students are offered admission to the Honors College on a rolling basis. The deadline for accepting the Honors College offer of admission is stated in the offer letter. Qualified transfer students from other four-year honors colleges or programs or second-year Marshall students, having a 4.0 GPA at Marshall and a minimum 24 ACT (or 1160 SAT) from a single attempt, who have no more than 30 credits, may petition the dean for admission.
To remain in good standing with the college, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30. Additional academic policies are in the college policy handbook on the honors college website.
Graduation in Honors
Students who wish to graduate from the Honors College must complete 24 credits of honors experiences. Though these credits are in addition to their college and departmental major requirements, many courses substitute for general education requirements. The 24 credits must include:
- FYS 100H First Year Seminar-Honors, 3 credits
- HON 200 Second Year Seminar, 3 credits
- At least two interdisciplinary HON 480 Special Topics seminars, 3 credits each
- An accepted combination of honors-designated departmental courses, additional HON 480 courses, and/or other approved honors experiences.
Students must earn a C or better in a course to receive honors credit. The official transcript will state that the student has graduated with University Honors through the Honors College.