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If you are an honors freshman or sophomore, you are expected to enroll in at least one stand-alone course each semester. If you are an honors junior or senior, we encourage you to enroll in stand-alone courses. You must complete one honors seminar outside your major to satisfy the requirements for Upper Division Honors or Full University Honors.

Unless noted in the schedule book, no permit number is needed to enroll in an Honors course. Before registering for courses, you are strongly encouraged to make an appointment with an honors adviser

General Education

100-200 level, limited to 20-25 students per class, that can satisfy general education (PLUS course) requirements.

Mini Sections

A select number of seats for University Honors Program students within a larger regular section of a course. University Honors Program students enrolled in a mini section will be asked to complete course requirements that are qualitatively different than what is required of students who are regularly enrolled.

Fall 2019 Honors Seminars

300-400 level, limited to 15-20 students per class, satisfies upper division requirements, no prerequisites needed.

Enroll in an Honors Seminar for fall 2019! Registration is available in MyNIU.

Training in facilitative communication skills and attention to one’s relationship with the helping occupations in the community.

Taught by: Scott Wickman, Ph.D.

You have probably heard the phrase, “It’s all mental” from a coach, parent, or teammate. But how much of sport and exercise is mental? While this question remains in doubt, there are strategies in mental training that can enhance performance, regardless of setting. Through your immersion in class content you will find that you probably know most of the concepts we will discuss (e.g., confidence, anxiety, concentration, group cohesion); however, this class will show you why you know them and further your ability to apply knowledge gained into your specific area of interest.

Taught by: Todd Gilson, Ph.D.

What does it mean to become an adult today? Why does it seem to take people so long to reach adulthood? Is anyone really an adult? How do they get there? How do they know? Who decides if someone is really an adult? What is the role of college in guiding people toward adulthood? Why is this all so confusing? Becoming an Adult in the 21st Century is a NEW honors course exploring these and many other questions. Taking this course will give you a chance to look at your own growth toward adulthood, and how this difficult quest has been complicated by social, cultural, and historical forces. At the end of the course, you may even have a better understanding of yourself and your place in the world.

Taught by: Daryl Dugas, Ph.D.

Introduction to traditional and contemporary American Indian cultures. Emphasis on religion, literature and arts, Indian-white contact, the Indians’ unique relationship to the federal government, and contemporary issues facing American Indian reservations.

Taught by: Natalie Joy, Ph.D.

Why do some people and groups turn to violence while others do not under similar conditions? This course surveys the various sources and forms of political violence across the world. We will focus on political violence, conflict, and political mobilization primarily related to identity politics, ethnicity, religion, and culture. The course is organized along thematic questions that are pertinent to the developing world, including Asian, African, and Middle Eastern nations. The specific issues dealt with in the course include: contentious politics, nationalism, ethnic and religious violence, political Islam, revolutions, ethnic minorities and separatist movements, and terrorism and radicalism.

Taught by: Kikue Hamayotsu, Ph.D.

Examination of philosophical problems raised in science fiction literature and films, addressing such questions as: Are parallel universes real? Is time travel possible? How can you know that the world of your experience is not a computer simulation? Do androids have conscious experience? Do you retain your identity through teleportation?

Taught by: Valia Allori, Ph.D.

Baseball has seen an explosion of statistics over the past few years, but how do these statistics (and statistics in general) help individuals make informed decisions about players skills and abilities? In this class, students will dive into the world of statistics, using the lens of baseball, to understand how statistics can help teams succeed.

Taught by: Carrie Helmig

In-course Contract

An in-course contract is an individualized project undertaken in a particular class to allow the class to fulfill honors requirements. To begin the process of completing an in-course contract, you will need to either make an appointment with an adviser or attend an in-course contract workshop. This requirement is designed to prepare you for the expectations of an in-course contract experience as a student in the University Honors Program by providing examples and a rubric used for evaluation, as well as give you the opportunity to ask questions. At any time, you can learn more about the process by reviewing the overview and synopsis form (to be submitted with a completed application page).

Go to to complete and submit your in-course contract proposal. Completed in-course contract proposals must be submitted no later than the Sunday after week two of the academic semester in which the class is being undertaken. Proposals submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.


The University Honors Senior Capstone is the final experience for students graduating with Full University Honors. This project involves working one-on-one with a qualified faculty member in your area of interest to produce an excellent academic project, the outcome of which matches the expected work from a regular three-credit University Honors course. 

The semester before completing your capstone project, you must make an appointment with an advisor or attend a capstone workshop. The workshop will inform you about the capstone experience and give you the opportunity to ask questions.

You must submit your capstone proposal to the University Honors Program no later than the second Friday of the semester in which you're completing the capstone.