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honors program

in the honors program at frostburg state university, you will discover how exciting and rewarding a college education can be. pursue your goals and interests in engaging seminar-style classes with dedicated professors who are gifted instructors and mentors, while your classmates challenge you with new perspectives, their own backgrounds, and diverse points of view.

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101 braddock road
frostburg, md 21532

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honors courses

“engaging, innovative, challenging, dynamic” are words that students have used to describe the fsu honors program. many of our courses draw on more than one discipline so students can benefit from learning experiences that are driven by critical thinking and debate. they are led by engaging professors who create unique and supportive learning environments.

honors classes emphasize depth of thought, helping students to achieve real understanding of issues, going significantly beyond just the memorization of facts. on graduation, fsu honors students possess the essential critical-thinking and problem-solving skills that will fuel their success in their careers or graduate school. they also take away great respect for varying points of view, as well as lasting relationships with fellow students and faculty members.

examples of recent courses include digital storytelling, social entrepreneurship, mental health and mental illness, power and control in american education, metaphysics and modern physics, and new york city and modern american culture.

undergraduate research

female student presenting research resultsundergraduate research opportunity stipends (uros) give honors students opportunities to collaborate on research with an fsu professor. honors students may apply for the program at the end of their first year. if selected, you will receive a $1,000 stipend to work with a faculty member on a scholarly research project. a unique feature of uros is that students and faculty also receive funds to travel to academic conferences. your work in uros may even lead to a senior thesis.

co-facilitating opportunities

advanced honors students may have the opportunity to assist a faculty member with an introductory course. these students are not graders or clerical help; rather, they function as discussion leaders and mentors to new students. this program allows you to take a very active role in your own (and others’) education.

a world of experiences

the honors program at fsu expands the locales and texts of traditional study. travel/study experiences are offered as honors seminars and have included:

  • “international politics” in ireland
  • “mythology as sacred geography” in greece
  • “art and the social world” in new york city
  • “environmental issues” in ecuador

priority registration

priority registration allows honors students to register early for classes, ensuring the best access to the most sought-after courses. this unique privilege is given to students who are progressing every semester toward completion of honors in general education.

honors program learning community

exterior of Frost Hallled by honors faculty, our “power, culture, and polarization in america” learning community offers first-year students a stirring initiation into honors education.

honors housing

first-year honors students have the opportunity to live in a single or double room, depending on their preference, in the freshman honors residence hall, frost hall.

join us!

incoming freshmen are invited to join the honors program if they have a high school gpa of 3.5 and a combined sat score of at least 1250* (or an act score of at least 26). transfer and current students may apply to the honors program at any time if they have a gpa of 3.5 or above.

students who do not meet these requirements may nonetheless apply for admission to the honors program at any time. each application is considered on its own merits, and exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.

questions? contact kara rogers thomas at krogersthomas@frostburg.edu.