Honors Program FAQ

 

Q. Are Honors Program enhanced courses harder than regular courses?
A. Not necessarily. Honors enhanced courses are not designed for the students to complete more work than non-honors classes. Rather, they are designed to encourage innovated thinking, interdisciplinary learning, and research/creative inquiry. We ask faculty to students think about not only completing major assignments to earn a course grade, but think what else can they do with the knowledge gained from the a major assignments (e.g., research presentation, leadership initiative, etc.).

Q. What courses are the enhanced for the Honors Program?
A. For the First Year Honors Program Cohort: FYS 1001, ENGL 1000, ENGL 1010, COMS 1160. For all Honors Program students: HONS 4700, HONS 4800, HONS 4900

Q. Can I convert a non-Honors course to an Honors course?
A. Yes through HP Contracts. You can work with your instructor to negotiate work or activities in the class that can count for HP credit. HP Course Contracts can be done for 1 HP Point (e.g., an extra scholarly project) or 2 HP Points (e.g., an extra scholarly project and application of knowledge through a student-developed initiative; completing graduate-level curriculum for an undergraduate-level course [4000/6000 split-courses only]). 

Q. What are the qualifications for joining the GSU Honors Program?
A. For Incoming First-Year Students: You apply for the Honors Program at the same time you apply to GSU. Unweighted High School GPA of 3.40 (on a 4.0 scale) or better OR Director’s Discretion required. For Incoming Transfer Students: Completion of Community College Honors Program OR Communication of desire to join the Honors Program to the Director (drhea@govst.edu). For Existing GSU Students: 3.50 GSU Cumulative GPA AND less than 90 units toward graduation completed.

Q. What is an HP Point? How do I earn them?
A. The Honors Program uses points to track program completion because it takes of curricular (course credit) and co-curricular (non-course credit) opportunities to complete the program. Students can earn HP points by completing honors program enhanced courses, HP Contracts, Study Abroad, Completing a Minor or Double Major, Research (conference, publication, or in time spent as a research assistant), Leadership Activity (beyond the one required research activity).   

Q – I’m a high school student wanting to join the Honors Program Cohort. I see I need 14 points to complete the honors program. What is an example of a pathway to complete the Honors Program for me? 

 

First Year (7pts)

FYS1001 – Honors First Year Seminar (2pts)

ENGL1000 – Honors Writing Studies I (2pts)

ENGL1010 – Honors Writing Studies II (2pts)

Present a paper at the Honors Council of the Illinois Region (Co-Curricular – 1pt)

 

Second Year (3pts)

HONS1160 – Honors Public Discourse (2pts)

Complete an HP Contract (1pt)

 

Third Year (3pts + Capstone)

HONS 4900 – Honors Seminar (2pts)

Earn 1 Co-Curricular Points (Conference or Study Abroad or Research Assistant or Course Contract)

Junior Capstone – Thesis/Project/Internship (Can be for credit or co-curricular)

 

Fourth Year (1pt + Leadership)

Earn a Minor (1 pts)

Complete Senior Leadership Experience

 

Q – I’m a transfer student wanting to join the Honors Program Cohort and I plan to graduate in four semesters. I see I need 7 points to complete the honors program. What is an example of a pathway to complete the Honors Program for me? 

 

Third Year (4pts + Start Capstone)

HONS 4900 – Honors Seminar (2pts)

Earn 2 Co-Curricular Points (Research Assistant or 2pts Course Contract)

Start Junior Capstone – Thesis/Project/Internship (Can be for credit or co-curricular)

 

Fourth Year (3pt + Finish Capstone + Leadership)

Finish Junior Capstone

Earn 2 Co-Curricular Points (Conference or Study Abroad or Research Assistant or Course Contract)

Earn a Minor (1 pts)

Complete Senior Leadership Experience