Frequently Asked Questions
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are there courses that can count toward both honors requirements and major requirements?

Many Honors Program requirements help students incorporate their degree interests into the program.  Interdisciplinary team-taught honors courses often fulfill both an honors course requirement and a major requirement. These dual field courses give each student the opportunity to satisfy her honors requirements and sometimes a major requirement.

In addition, an honors-directed independent study can often be used to satisfy a major elective requirement, and a senior honors thesis will usually satisfy major requirements.

If a student wishes to take honors courses that will satisfy both the honors requirements and her degree-seeking department’s requirements, she will need to consult with her advisor to confirm that the courses will meet both requirements before she enrolls.

2. Can two additional honors courses be taken at any time during the four years of undergraduate work?

Yes, two additional honors courses can be taken at any time over a four-year undergraduate period at Converse.  We advise you to speak with your advisor and create a four year plan of coursework as soon as possible. It is extremely important that you understand what it will take both inside and outside of the classroom to complete a degree while participating in the Nisbet Honors Program.

3. How can the honors courses be worked around a double major and minor?

The Honors Program requirements have been designed to help you fulfill both General Education and major requirements. Depending on the course offerings and majors, various interdisciplinary honors courses may allow you to study how dual majors coincide with each other. Doing either an honors directed independent study or a senior honors thesis may allow you to combine topics across your majors and/or minor, a kind of interdisciplinary study which you would not usually gain from most major courses.

4. Can I still participate in the Honors Program if I’m a Music Education major or an Interior Design major?

Yes. Given your limited number of electives, however, you will need to occasionally take an overload to fit in required honors courses, and you will need to PLAN AHEAD even more carefully than students with less restrictive majors.

5. Can I pursue both an individualized major and the Honors Program?

Yes, you can complete both an individualized major and the Honors Program. This combination helps you incorporate your Honors Program requirements into your individualized major. Whether or not the Honors Program requirements and your agreed-upon individualized degree requirements will coincide depends on your chosen topics within your individualized major.

6. Is there a different grading scale for the Honors Program? 

No.  Courses are not weighted differently.

7. How much time out of the classroom would I spend on an honors course?

The time you spend out of the classroom for each honors course will vary based on the topic and your own background.  Since each course is designed to give you an opportunity to broaden your education, each course will have different requirements. Most honors students will tell you there is a difference in the amount of time you spend outside the classroom in an ENG 101 course versus the amount of time spent on a ENG/MUH 299H Interdisciplinary Honors Course.  It is advised that you to take the bulk of your honors courses during your freshman and sophomore years at Converse, rather than squeezing them in with the core courses you will take for your major(s) throughout your junior and senior years.

8. Is the program manageable while playing a sport?

Yes. Converse’s Honors Program is entirely manageable while being an athlete.  Many Honors Program graduates played a sport here, and a few have even played dual sports while earning their degrees from Converse.

9. What is the Honors Program Student Board, and how can I join?

The Student Board is designed so that the students in the Honors Program have an opportunity to voice their opinions on events, guest speakers, course offerings, etc. Each year, board members have an opportunity to nominate two prospects from the new freshman class to join the board.

Don’t see your question listed above?
Please feel free to contact Dr. Laura Brown at laura.brown@converse.edu