If you are seeking academic challenge beyond normal course offerings, you'll want to participate in the Honors Program. A student completing the requirements of the Honors Program is designated a "Graduate of the Honors Program" on his or her diploma and transcript. By participating, you'll have the opportunity to:
- Take courses with a focused topic or innovative approach to the material or a specialized reading list.
- Engage in learning with other students seeking academic challenge.
- Enhance your preparation for admission to graduate schools or finding a job.
Requirements of the Honors Program
Honors students are required to take Honors courses and participate in certain extra-curricular activities. Several courses designated "Honors" are offered each semester according to a two-year rotation. These specially-designed and innovative courses fulfill the Foundations of Human Learning degree requirements. Students also participate in one event or activity each semester, such as a cultural event, a campus speaker, concert or film, or a field trip.
Participants in the program will:
- Complete at least five courses designated "Honors."
- Take an advanced section of ENG 110 College Writing
- Participate in an approved extra-curricular event during each semester and write a reflective report.
- Complete an "Honors Scholarship Contract" in an upper-level major or minor course.
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3.
Admission to the Honors Program
New freshmen are placed into the program based on these requirements:
- A minimum high school GPA of 3.5.
- A minimum ACT composite score of 26.
- Rank in the top 15% of high school graduating class.
Continuing and transfer students may apply to the program with:
- An application that includes letters of recommendation from instructors who can assess the student's academic potential.
- A GPA of at least 3.3.
Honors Program Contact Information
Students with interest in or questions about the Honors Program should contact the Honors Program Director:
Bonnie Sierlecki, PhD
Assistant Professor, Communication Studies