Students are invited to become a member of the Honors Program based on their performance in high school.
An ACT score of 26 or higher, a class rank in the top 10%, or a GPA of 3.5 or greater will automatically initiate an invitation to a prospective student at the freshman entry point.
Students who are already enrolled at Bemidji State University may be recommended to the program by an individual faculty member or may be invited during the second semester of their freshman year based on their academic performance during the first semester. Each student who chooses to accept an invitation for admission to the Honors Program becomes a member of a cadre of students who are offered ongoing support through the Honors faculty, staff and Director.
Students take one Honors course each semester of their freshman and sophomore years and one integrative seminar class in either their junior or senior year.
An Honors thesis is required and is generally started in the junior year and completed in the senior year. The Honors thesis is the culminating academic experience for the Honors student.
The thesis may be scholarly (based on empirical or archival research or on literary criticism whose end product is a documented paper) or creative (consisting of an original written or fine-art work or performance generated by the student and accompanied by a literature review, reflection, and artist statement to document process).
Each student works closely with a faculty thesis advisor of his/her choosing on a topic of their choosing; both parties work with the Honors Director to develop the thesis. The thesis provides the student with an opportunity to research, synthesize, integrate and articulate ideas while mentored by a professional in their chosen field or in an interdisciplinary capacity.