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Office of the University Registrar

2005-06 Undergraduate Catalog

Honors Program

The Honors Program is an invitation-only program for students who have shown potential for superior academic performance. After admission to the university, invitations are sent to all students who have scored 1380 or above on the SAT or a 32 composite score on the ACT. Honors program candidates also must have an academic high school grade point average of 3.9 or higher, as computed by the university.

Honors program students are eligible for special honors classes and housing in the Honors Residential College at Hume Hall.

To remain in the program, students must enroll in at least one honors course each semester until they achieve junior standing (60 or more earned hours) or complete four semesters and maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0.

Students who do not qualify may apply for the program after demonstrating their academic capabilities during the fall semester of their first year. Honors requirements are not in addition to general education requirements, and can be used to satisfy these requirements. The small classes and the academic ability of the students make possible more thorough inquiry into course materials and more independent work. Students enhance their skills through extensive reading, writing and oral presentations.

Students who satisfy the Honors Program requirements with a 3.0 overall average, complete the general education requirement and earn 60 semester hours will receive the Associate of Arts certificate with cum laude recognition. Those with a 3.5 overall grade point average will receive the certificate with magna cum laude recognition. Students may also apply to receive a certificate of completion.

After the sophomore year, the honors program becomes the responsibility of the department in which the student pursues a major. Honors programs within each college lead to baccalaureate degrees with cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude recognition.