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Requirements

Honors students know their courses will offer challenges and opportunities not found in other classrooms. Professors are re-designing their courses to create seminar-style class meetings and intensive research projects that provoke students to use their critical thinking skills and creativity. Students can expect to have an honors course at every step during their time in the program from Honors Core Courses in the early years to Departmental and College Honors Courses as they prepare to write their Honors Thesis.

All students also must complete one Experiential Learning Activity each year they are in the program. Students who enter the program as incoming freshmen will complete the project as part of their FYE classes, while sophomores, juniors, and seniors will choose from a list of available opportunities.

Students who enter the program as incoming freshmen have the option to live in the Honors Living Learning Community, but it is not required. (Beginning fall 2018.)

The tables below show the requirements expected of honors students, whether they enter as traditional first-year students or join the program as a current student or transfer student.

 

Beginning fall 2018, traditional first-year students entering the program with fewer than 15 credit hours of earned college credit have the following requirements:

  1. FYE: Honors FYE 1220, Honors First-Year Seminar (fall)
  2. Core: Four Honors Core Courses*
  3. Experiential Learning: One Experiential Learning Activity per year (four total)
  4. College Departmental Honors: Completion of College and/or Departmental Honors Courses
  5. Honors Thesis: includes proposal submitted one year before graduation and presentation at the Honors Research Symposium prior to graduation

* Note on Honors Core Courses for incoming first-year students with credit hours:

  • Students entering with 15-29 hours need three honors core courses.
  • Students entering with 30-44 hours need two honors core courses.
  • Students entering with 45-59 hours need one honors core course.
  • Students entering with 60+ hours are not required to take honors core courses.
    • The number of credits earned will be determined based on the calculation of hours earned prior to matriculation at Georgia Southern as they appear in a student’s DegreeWorks audit.

Beginning fall 2018, current students and transfer students who join the program will have the following requirements based on their credit hours:

  1. FYE: Students who join the program as current or transfer students do not have to take Honors FYE 1220.
  2. Core: Students entering with 15-29 hours need three honors core courses; Students entering with 30-44 hours need two honors core courses; Students entering with 45-59 hours need one honors core course; Students entering with 60+ hours are not required to take honors core courses. (The number of credits earned will be determined based on the calculation of hours earned prior to matriculation at Georgia Southern as they appear in a student’s DegreeWorks audit.)
  3. Experiential Learning: One Experiential Learning Activity per year: three for those entering as sophomores, two for those entering as juniors, one for those entering as seniors
  4. College Departmental Honors: Completion of College and/or Departmental Honors Courses
  5. Honors Thesis: includes proposal submitted one year before graduation and presentation at the Honors Research Symposium prior to graduation

 

College/Departmental Honors Requirements and Thesis details

The College/Departmental requirements vary by major. Find your major on the list below for links to your particular requirements. (For certain majors, college/departmental honors requirements are satisfied by taking a select number of courses as “honors options.” An honors option cannot be used to substitute for other honors requirements. The Honors Option form can be found here.) See the Honors Thesis Handbook for details, formatting guidelines, and deadlines for the Honors Thesis.

College of Business Administration

For College Honors in Business, students with majors in the College of Business complete the following requirements:

College of Business Administration

College of Education

For College Honors in Education, students with majors in the College of Education complete the following requirements:

College of Education

College of Engineering and Information Technology

Departmental Honors requirements for students with majors in the College of Engineering Information Technology vary depending on the major.

Departments:

Computer Science
Information Technology
Civil Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Construction Management
Mechanical Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering

College of Health and Human Services

Departmental Honors requirements for students with majors in the College of Health and Human Sciences vary depending on the major.

Departments:

Nursing
School of Human Ecology

Health and Kinesiology:
Athletic Training, Exercise Science, & Sport Management
Nutrition & Food Science

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Departmental Honors requirements for students with majors in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences vary depending on the major.

Departments:

Art
Communication Arts
Modern Languages
History
Justice Studies
Literature and Philosophy
Music
Political Science and International Studies
Psychology
Sociology and Anthropology
Writing and Linguistics

College of Science and Mathematics

Departmental Honors requirements for students with majors in the College of Science and Mathematics vary depending on the major.

Departments:

Biology
Chemistry
Geology and Geography
Mathematical Sciences
Physics

College of Public Health

For Departmental Honors in the College of Public Health, students complete the following requirements:

Public Health

 

 

Last updated: 6/5/2018