Millennium III Honors
The WNMU Millennium III Honors Program serves students in all majors and minors with enriched courses and activities for bright, highly-motivated students. The Program focuses on active rather than passive learning, thereby offering its students a richer return on their investment of time, money, and effort as well as extended opportunities for intellectual and academic growth. Honors courses are intended to be more stimulating, challenging, and exciting than regular courses. Occasional social and cultural events are offered, as well.
Some of the features of the Millennium III Honors Program are:
- Honors versions of required courses.
- Interdisciplinary courses
- Independent research
- Social events
- Opportunities to mix with professors
- Special distinction at Commencement
- Letters of recommendation from Honors Director
- Network of former honors colleagues
Interested students must apply to the Director of the Honors Program. Once accepted into the Program, freshmen must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors must maintain at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA to remain in the program.
- ACT score of 24 or better
- Combined SAT score of 1650 or better
- Graduation in top 15 percent of high school class, or high school GPA of 3.8 or better
- Completion of at least 15 college credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better
WNMU Honors Curriculum
(24 credit hours)
Requirements for Graduation with Honors through the Millennium III Honors Program
The three basic requirements are:
• To complete 24 credit hours of honors courses
• Three of these credits are to represent the one-credit-hour Honors Seminars
that are offered each semester **
• To maintain a composite 3.5 grade point average
CMPS 111H and ENGL 101H are offered every fall. COMM 110H and ENGL 102H are offered every spring.
|Honors courses regularly offered include:|| credits|
|CMPS 111H Computer Literacy-PC || 3|
|COMM 110H Public Speaking||3|
|ENGL 101H Composition & Rhetoric I ||3|
|ENGL 102H Composition & Rhetoric II||3|
Honors courses are also offered in the following fields:
Social and Behavioral Sciences
** These seminars, which usually involve off-campus travel, explore a variety of stimulating subjects. (Some recent offerings have included: Sociology of the Border, High-Tech New Mexico, and History of the Southwest.) The emphasis is on active, collaborative learning while fostering relationships among the honors students. There is an alternative service-learning format through which honors students can perform 15 hours of supervised volunteer work in a field of interest as a substitute for one of the three required one-hour Honors Seminars.
Generally, a three-credit, upper division honors seminar is offered each fall. These seminars are interdisciplinary, enabling students to approach a common subject from the perspectives of their individual majors as they conduct research and lead class discussions. Recent seminars have focused on Work in the Changing Economy, and Contemporary Issues in Ethics.
In addition to earning credits through scheduled honors courses, students may contract for honors credit through any course by arranging with their instructor to take on some additional responsibilities (such as teaching a class) and completing an Honors Contract Course form which must be signed by the Director of the Honors Program.
All of the completed honors courses are listed as such on the student’s transcript. At graduation, each student receives a plaque and a stole for the Commencement ceremony, representing Western New Mexico University’s highest academic honor: graduation through the Millennium III Honors Program.