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Course Information


Before registering for courses, students are strongly encouraged to make an appointment to speak with a Honors advisor by telephone at 815-753-0694 or e-mail honors@niu.edu.

If you are a Honors freshmen or sophomores, you are expected to enroll in at least one stand-alone course each semester. If you are a 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 a Honors course.

Course Types

Cornerstones

Freshmen-only fall courses, 100-200 level, limited to 20-25 students per class, satisfies both lower division and general education (PLUS course) requirements.

Mini Sections

A select number of seats for University Honors students within a larger regular section of a course. University Honors 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. 

Honors Seminars

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

In-course Contract Honors Request

You can create a University Honors experience in a regular 300-400 level course by working directly with your professor of the course and attending an In-course Contract Workshop.

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) by the end of week #2 in the semester for which you plan to enroll in a course using the In-course Contract option.

Capstone

An individualized project undertaken with the supervision of a faculty member – of the your choosing. Note: if you are completing the capstone are required to make an appointment with the assistant director for advising and to obtain the capstone approval (signature) page that must accompany the capstone application. Get more information about capstone requirements.