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Ms. Ivy Knoshaug (Director;; Honors Council: Dr. Virgil Bakken, Dr. Marsha Driscoll, Dr. Mark Fulton, Dr. Carla Norris-Raynbird, Professor Janet Prater, Dr. David Smith, Dr. Jeffrey Ueland, Dr. Rosalie Weaver, Dr. James White

Area of Study

The Honors Program does not offer a major, a minor, or a degree. Successful completion of the Honors requirements is noted on students' permanent transcripts. Honors graduates are given special recognition at commencement and wear the Honors stole with their academic robes.

Some University students have the ability and desire to engage in academic challenges that extend beyond the Liberal Education requirements and their own majors. In the Honors Program, these students take interdisciplinary Honors courses in lieu of Liberal Education offerings and engage in an Honors thesis or project. As members of the Honors community, they collaborate with a faculty advisor and the Honors Council to plan their studies and to manage the responsibilities that correspond with the program's freedoms.


High school seniors with superior academic records or college students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or above are invited to apply. A concise letter stating reasons for interest in becoming a member of the Honors Program should be included with the application form. Such letters should be addressed to the Director, Honors Program, Bemidji State University. Students enrolled at Bemidji State University may personally consult the Director for information.

The quota of Honors Scholars admitted each academic year is determined by the number of qualified applications received. Students are appointed to the program on a competitive basis by the Honors Council. Applicants are notified in writing of their selection as Honors Scholars.


See Section II, Enrollment for required high school preparation.

Second Majors and Minors

Students are encouraged to discuss with their advisor the option of a second major or minor that might strengthen or complement their major.

Career Directions

Government Service/Leadership
Also: Graduate Study

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