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Honors in Major projects are completed during your senior year at NSU (or during the last two semesters of your undergraduate curricular engagement). While your Honors in Major project may include credit-bearing coursework, it does not increase the requirements for your degree program.

Each NSU academic college has unique opportunities and requirements for the Honors in Major program. Click on the tabs below to learn more.

Students in NSU's Abraham S. Fischler College of Education complete upper-level courses with supplemental projects such as:

  • K-12 educational service hours
  • research
  • advocacy projects

Faculty members serve as mentors for students in the program.

Students make presentations based on their projects to peers and faculty and at conferences.

Students in NSU's College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences engage in upper-level academic and experiential major-specific activities.

During the two-semester senior year experience, students are required to engage successfully in the following:

  • Completion of an independent study course in the major with a full-time faculty member in the department who teaches in that major.
  • Completion of one of the below options:
    • Participate in travel study/study abroad for academic credit
    • Complete an internship in the major for credit
    • Present at both an academic conference (first be approved by the department chair) and the undergraduate student symposium.
    • Participate in Model United Nations for at least one year or to the satisfaction of the Model UN faculty advisor
    • Participate in Mock Trial for at least one year or to the satisfaction of the Mock Trial faculty advisor

Students in NSU's College of Engineering and Computing participate in distinctive capstone projects relevant to each of the majors in the college.

Projects may be further customized for each student and may include:

  • research projects
  • focused literature reviews
  • internships
  • community/university service

Students present the results of these projects in a relevant forum. Faculty serve as mentors to individual students.

Students in NSU's College of Health Care Sciences complete a project specific to each major:

Athletic Training, Exercise Science, and Speech Language

Students select from the following project options:

  • original lab or field research on a topic relevant to the major
  • an approved thesis in the honors college on a topic relevant to the major
  • a service learning project relevant to the major
  • a capstone project involving critical literature review relevant to the major

Respiratory Therapy and Medical Sonography

Cardiovascular Sonography

Students select from the following project options:

  • a community service project
  • a case study presentation from their clinical rotation (submitted as an article for publication or presentation at a national professional conference)

Bachelor of Health Science

Students select from the following project options:

  • a community service project (including training at the place of employment or in the community)
  • a capstone project involving critical literature review of a topic relevant to the major

NSU's College of Nursing (CON) candidates participate in a supplemental interview. Applicants must demonstrate a history of an ongoing and continuing community involvement.

Students are required to:

  • present a research poster at a professional venue
  • demonstrate an ongoing and continuing involvement in a professional or pre-professional nursing organization
  • serve as peer-to-peer mentors for students enrolled in the undergraduate nursing program, when requested
  • serve as student representatives at CON Council/Committee meetings, when requested
  • continue to participate in community activities and/or or service learning opportunities

Students in the NSU College of Psychology's undergraduate programs in Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience must have a 3.8 GPA in major courses, in addition to an overall GPA of 3.8.

Student may choose between the following:

Clinical Track

  • enroll in PSYC 4810
  • complete an in-depth literature review
  • give a brief classroom presentation
  • all College of Psychology Honors in Major students will participate in the annual Department Symposium, giving a brief presentation on the project

OR

Research Track

To participate in the research track, an interview is required to assure mutual compatibility.

  • enroll in independent study (PSYC 4990 or NEUR 4990) or internship (PSYC 4950 or NEUR 4950)
  • collaborate with a faculty member on research
  • present research at an acceptable venue (Undergraduate Student Symposium, professional conference) approved by the faculty mentor
  • all College of Psychology Honors in Major students will participate in the annual Department Symposium, giving a brief presentation on the project

Students in NSU's Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography participate in major-specific projects:

Biology

  • complete a written project (literature review, metadata analysis, or service learning) building upon work from selected courses
  • complete at least four courses in biology at the 4000 level
  • meet with a faculty committee to discuss/present the project

Chemistry

  • complete a research project and enroll in specific upper level courses fulfilling degree requirements

Marine and Environmental Science

  • complete an individualized project working with a faculty mentor

Mathematics

Choose between:

  • Project Track: (research/thesis, service learning, capstone project) with a written report and presentation to a faculty panel. Students also enroll in specific upper-level courses to fulfill degree requirements.

OR

  • Curriculum Track: more extensive course selections that fulfill degree requirements
Students in NSU's H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship will:
  • Enroll in an Honors section of the required capstone course (Business Policy and Strategy) and
  • Complete an applied or research oriented project.  Options for the project include an internship, independent study or research thesis.
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