Students in the Honors Program standing by a banner in the Prairie Room

Push Your Limits in Our Honors Program

The University of Minnesota Crookston Honors Program was developed to inspire & transform students’ writing, critical thinking, and leadership skills.  Students will be nurtured and challenged to explore ideas, assess values and develop leadership skills. Honors coursework will address the diverse and global atmosphere in which we live. In addition, students in the Honors Program will have the opportunity for various social outings outside of the normal campus experience. 

Who is eligible to participate?
The Honors Program is open to incoming freshman students by invitation after review by the Honors committee. Selection is based on several factors that include but are not limited to the following: high school rank, grade point average, rigor of high school coursework and SAT/ACT scores. Other academically successful students (e.g., transfer or other advanced students, Alpha Lambda Delta inductees) are also welcome to join the program.

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Questions?

Eddie Walker II

Official Position Title: 
Assistant Professor
Honors Program Coordinator

walke810@crk.umn.edu | (218) 281-8251

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Program Requirements & Curriculum

The program requires 15 credits based on when students enter the program. The final requirements include an honors proposal course that culminates in an honors essay, research or creative project that requires a public defense.

Honors Program Core (6 credits)

HON 1010: Honors Symposium
(2 cr.; Student Option; Every Fall & Spring) 
Foundation for honors program. Independent thinking, writing, discussion, leadership, research skills within a global perspective. Critical thinking skills will be emphasized throughout the course. prereq: Admitted to honors or approval of instructor

HON 4010: Proposal for Honors Essay, Research or Creative Project
(1 cr.; Student Option; Every Fall & Spring)
Frequent meetings with academic adviser and director of honors to develop honors project proposal to fulfill final honors program requirements. prereq: 1010, consent of [project adviser, director of honors]

HON 4030: Honors Essay, Research or Creative Project
 (3 cr. [max 6 cr.]; Student Option; Every Fall, Spring & Summer)
Guides student through process of research/ preparation of documentation for dissemination at public defense. Discipline-specific work supervised by adviser to develop an original essay, research, or creative project. prereq: 4010, approval of [departmental head, director of honors]

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Honors Program Electives (need 9 credits)

HON 3000: Global Leadership Seminar
(3 cr. [max 6 cr.]; Student Option; Periodic Spring)
Interdisciplinary approach to current local/global issues. Leadership development in foreign location. International travel for 3 to 4 weeks. Presentation to campus community. prereq: Instructor consent.

HON 3010: Honors Option
(1 cr. [max 6 cr.]; Student Option; Every Fall, Spring & Summer)
Students work with faculty member to develop extracurricular activity/project conducted concurrently with regular coursework. Coursework beyond scope of regular course. prereq: 1010, instructor consent

HON 3030: Honors Contract
(1 cr. [max 6 cr.]; Student Option; Every Fall, Spring & Summer)
Students work with faculty sponsor to organize group that discusses common reading. Students encouraged to take advantage of colloquia offered on campus. prereq: 1010, instructor consent

BIOL 1009H Honors: General Biology
(4 cr. ; Student Option; Every Fall & Spring)
Quantitative methods used to emphasize the dynamic nature of biology. Modern biology. Molecular structure of living things, energy recruitment/utilization, flow of genetic information through organisms/populations. Principles of inheritance, ecology, and evolution. Includes lab. prereq: High school chemistry or consent of instructor

COMP 1011H. Honors: Composition I
(3 cr.; Student Option; Every Fall)
Process of clear, concrete and convincing writing. Generation and discovery of subjects, revisions, editing. prereq: Admittance in the Honors Program

COMP 1013H. Honors: Composition II
(3 cr.; Student Option; Every Spring)
Writing summaries, writing to synthesize material from several sources, evaluating readings and other materials, research writing prereq: [1011 or 1011H], admittance to Honors Program

COMM 3001: Human Relationships and Leadership
(3 cr.; Student Option; Every Fall)
Anti-relational/relational communication, interpersonal/group processes, conflict management, collaboration, team building, and leadership.

BIOL 3994: Undergraduate Research
(1-3 credits)
Advanced independent work in special fields.

CHEM 3994: Undergraduate Research
(1-3 credits)
Advanced independent work in special fields.

GnEd 2000 - Global Study
(repeatable up to 6 credits)
Interdisciplinary approach to a specific culture and its current local/global issues. Required international travel for one to three weeks, led by a faculty member.

GnEd 3000 - Global Seminar
(repeatable up to 6 credits)
Interdisciplinary approach to a specific culture and its current local/global issues. In-depth experiences in a discipline area of student's choice. Required international travel for one to three weeks, led by a faculty member.

ON-CAMPUS

Honors Program

AT A GLANCE...

  • The program requires 15 credits based on when students enter the program. The final requirements include an honors proposal course that culminates in an honors essay, research or creative project that requires a public defense.

  • The Honors Program is open to incoming freshman students by invitation after review by the Honors committee. Other academically successful students are also welcome to joing. Learn more about eligibility.

  • Each semester, the Honors Program sponsors several Honors Excursions, which are free field trips or other extra-curricular opportunities that support the mission of the UMC Honors Program.

  • The Honors Program often sponsors or co-sponsors speakers and other campus events.

REAL. HANDS-ON. READY.

At the U of M Crookston, you won’t spend all your time behind a desk. Our curriculum is designed around experiential learning, which means we want you to have as much hands-on learning as possible. Depending on your major, you’ll find opportunities to be in the field, the lab, the classroom, or engaging in simulated scenarios that give you a competitive edge when you enter the workforce or head to grad school. You’ll learn the concepts and then actively apply them through projects, field trips, site visits, internships, and interactions with professionals in the field.

Meet your future professors

  • Eddie Walker II

    Assistant Professor
  • Leslie Lekatz

    Assistant Professor
  • Rachel McCoppin

    Professor
  • Craig Miller

    Lecturer
  • Anthony Schroeder

    Assistant Professor