“I enjoy the Honors College seminar classes. They are usually on very interesting topics with great professors.”
– Sarah River, a Second year Environmental Science major and Geology minor
Each Honors student begins the program with HNRS 110: Research Methods, and completes the program with the capstone course HNRS 353: Technology in the Contemporary World.
To Complete the Honors College Curriculum students must fulfill Requirement One (Research Methods), take three courses from Requirement Two (Honors Seminars), and two courses from Requirement Three (Advanced Topics) plus science and math.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns please contact your Honors College advisor directly.
Once students complete Requirements I and II, under the guidance of their advisor, students have completed the Mason Core requirements. Beyond the core students have the opportunity, under Requirement III to take honors courses that fulfill the Bachelor of Arts requirement in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences or the College of Science, or take honors level courses in their major, pursue advanced research in the majors, research based service-learning, or write a thesis.
The Honors College accepts transfer applications into the Honors College from students who have completed at least two full-time semesters of university courses, or 24 credits. These applicants may include both students transferring to Mason from other universities as well as students attending Mason. Students must have a minimum 3.5 GPA to apply. Admissions standards will vary from year to year, given the applicant pool.
The Honors College Curriculum for transfer students is similar to that of Honors College students who enter Mason as first semester freshmen. Transfer students must complete Requirement I, take three courses from Requirement II, and two courses from Requirement III plus science and math requirements. However, transfer students can substitute previous course work for Honors College requirements. Please consult the substitution section of the handbook for details on how previous course work is accepted for Honors College credit. Students may not substitute previous course work for HNRS 110: Research Methods or HNRS 210: Research Methods II, HNRS 353: Technology in the Contemporary World, and one course from Requirement III.
Once students complete Requirement I and II, under the guidance of their advisor, students have completed the Mason Core requirements. Beyond the core students have the opportunity, under Requirement II, to take honors courses that fulfill the Bachelor of Arts requirement in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences or the College of Science, or take honors level courses in their major, pursue advanced research in their majors or research based service-learning, or write a thesis.
THE PLAN OF STUDY
During their first year as an Honors College student, each student must meet with their Honors College advisor to complete a Plan of Study. Students who do not complete the required Plan of Study within their first academic year in the Honors College will be removed from the Honors College.
Once a student has declared their major, they should meet with both their major advisor and their Honors College advisor until they have completed the Honors College curriculum. Thereafter students should continue to meet with their major advisor until graduation. They may also continue to meet with their Honors College Advisor. English majors should meet with Dean Burr for advising at least once a year throughout their time at Mason (to setup a meeting with Dean Burr contact the Honors College office at 703.993.1110). Students can sign up for advising appointments at the front desk of the Honors College office in Enterprise Hall room 302. A list of advisors, and what majors they advise, is available at the front desk.
TRANSCRIPT AND DEGREE EVALUATIONS
Students should learn how to use Patriot Web to check their transcripts and their degree evaluations before they register for their second semesters at Mason. They should also locate the relevant Advising Sheets available on the Honors College web site under the Academics tab.
Undecided students and those considering alternative majors or additional minors can make use of the “What If?” tool in the degree evaluation program.
Throughout their time at Mason all students should continue to check the accuracy of their degree evaluations. All requirements on the degree evaluation must be met for a student to graduate.