Basic Advising Information
Here is some essential information for successfully completing the Honors program. You may have other questions about specific situations that are not answered here, and if so, please contact the Honors Program Director, Anthony Cunningham by e-mail, by phone at 2730, or in person at Quad 351.
Requirements for participation
- To be invited into the program as an incoming student, you must have scored a 30 or higher composite on the ACT and have a GPA of 3.8 (out of 4) or higher in high school.
- If you would like to participate but didn’t meet the criteria or initially declined the invitation, you may ask a faculty members (usually your First-Year Seminar professor) to nominate you for a place in the program. A letter stating why you are a good candidate for the Honors program is sufficient. Send this letter and your request, to the Honors Program Director by e-mail.
- You may not begin the program after the sophomore year.
- Although associated with the Honors Program, the Honors Thesis is separate from Honors. Many students who complete the Honors Thesis are part of the Honors Program, but each year about ¼ of the students doing an Honors thesis are not part of the program. If you would like to know more about the Honors Thesis, please visit the Thesis web site or contact Anthony Cunningham.
- First-year Honors students need to achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 by the end of their first year to remain in the program. Sophomores must achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 to remain in good standing. Juniors and seniors must maintain a 3.4 cumulative GPA to remain in good standing.
- If you began the program as a first-year student and do not study abroad:
To graduate with All College Honors you must have at least 32 credits in honors courses. Of the 32, at least 12 must be in 300 level or higher courses.
- If you began as a second year student or participate in a study abroad program:
To graduate with All College Honors you must have at least 28 credits in Honors courses. Of the 28, at least 8 must be in 300 level or higher courses.
- Thesis Option:
One of the upper division Honors courses can be replaced by Honors 398, Senior Thesis. Enrollment in Honors 396, Thesis Proposal, for either 0 or 1 credit is also required as part of participation in the Senior Thesis. Successful completion of the thesis will result in the annotation of All College Honors with Thesis (grade of AB or B) or All College Honors with Departmental Distinction (grade of A or H) on both your transcript and the Commencement Program.
You may complete the credit requirements for the program in many different ways:
- Disciplinary Core courses:
These courses fulfill CommonCurriculum requirements in Fine Arts, Math, Humanities, Social Sciences, the Natural Sciences, First-Year Seminar, and Ethics Common Seminar. At registration you will find these courses under the Honors section of the class schedule. Descriptions of the courses vary and are in the "New Course Description" section of the schedule.
- Honors Reading Groups, Individual Learning Projects, and Honors Options:
These courses and experiences are offered at the request of students. Instructions are available here under "Honors Opportunities." The appropriate forms are submitted to the Honors Program Director for action. The number of Honors Option courses is normally limited to one.
- Senior Thesis:
The Senior Thesis is a chance for you to work in a one-on-one relationship with a faculty member to develop a scholarly or creative project. Honors 396, Thesis Proposal, will guide you through the development of an idea and plan to accomplish the project. For more information please visit the Senior Thesis web site or contact Anthony Cunningham.