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Honors Curriculum

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The Honors Core Curriculum provides a comprehensive educational experience and allows you to interact as a community of learners.

How is the NOVA Honors Program structured?

The NOVA Honors Core Curriculum is comprised of the following requirements, which can be applied to most NOVA degree programs:

English 3
Humanities/Fine Arts 3
Social/Behavioral Sciences 3
Physical and Life Sciences/Mathematics 3–5
Interdisciplinary Seminar OR 200-level Honors course that is part of a learning community OR Honors Study Abroad OR
Approved Honors Internship1
Electives2 3–4
Total Credits3 18–21

1 To take the Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar, it is recommended that you complete a minimum of six Honors credits: three credits in Honors English and three credits of either the humanities, social/behavioral sciences or math/science Honors unit.

2 Elective credits may come from any discipline offering an Honors course.

3 Only nine credits of Honors Option courses can be used toward the total Honors Core Curriculum credits.

Students who meet at least one of the criteria listed above must complete the Honors Program Application and request an interview.

How do students keep their Honors status?

Continuation in the Honors Program is contingent upon you maintaining good academic standing and adhering to NOVA’s Student Code of Conduct. Receiving more than one grade lower than a “C” in an Honors course will result in dismissal from the Program OR probation based on GPA status. To graduate from NOVA’s Honors Program, you must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher AND an Honors GPA of 3.275 or higher with no Honors course grade below a “C.”

Completion of the Honors Program will be designated on your official transcript. You will also receive the Honors Certificate of Completion. This represents a significant enhancement of one’s academic credentials.

What is an Honors Option class?

Honors Option classes are designated regular course sections in which Honors students participate while also completing the Research, Enrichment Activities, Academic Rigor and Leadership (REAL) Honors components. All Honors Option classes are identified in the list of courses with an “HO.”