Have questions about the University Honors Program? Wondering if you are eligible? Check out some of the commonly asked questions below! If there is a question that is not listed, email us at drhea@govst.edu

Honors Students

  • Do I qualify to join the Honors Program?


    For incoming first-year students:

    You apply for the Honors Program at the same time you apply to GSU admissions. Minimum unweighted high school GPA of 3.40 on a 4.0 scale OR Director’s discretion required. If GPA is below 3.40, other criteria considered including AP courses, community involvement, leadership background, etc.

    For incoming transfer students:

    Completion of Community College Honors Program OR communication of desire to join the Honors Program.

    For existing GSU Students

    Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher AND less than 90 units toward graduation completed

  • 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 innovative thinking, interdisciplinary learning, and research/creative inquiry. We ask faculty and students to 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.).

  • What courses are enhanced for the Honors Program?


    1st Year Honors Cohort

    • FYS 1001 -  Interdisciplinary Humanities

    • ENGL 1000 - Writing Studies I

    • ENGL 1010 - Writing Studies II

    • COMS 1160 - Public Discourse


    For all Honors Program Students

    • HONS 4700

    • HONS 4800

    • HONS 4900

  • Can I convert a non-honors course to an honors course?


    Yes. This is done through HP Course Contracts. You can work with your instructor to negotiate work or activities related to the class that can count for HP credit. Course Contracts can be done for 1 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 a graduate level curriculum for an undergraduate-level course [4000/6000 split-courses only]).

  • What is an HP Point? How do I earn them?


    The Honors Program uses points to track program completion because it takes advantage 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, teaching specialization, or Double Major, Research (conference, publication, or in time spent as a research assistant), Leadership Activity (beyond the one required research activity).   

  • I am a high school senior wanting to join the Honors Program Cohort. I need 14 points to complete the honors program. What is an example of a pathway to complete the Honors Program for me?



    1st Year (7 points)

    2nd Year (3 points)

    3rd Year

    (3 points + Capstone)

    4th Year

    (1 point + Leadership)

    FYS 1001

    Honors First Year Seminar (2 pts)

    ENGL 1000

    Honors Writing Studies I (2 pts)

    ENGL 1010

    Honors Writing Studies II (2 pts)

    Present a paper at the HCIR Conference 1 pt)

    HONS 1160 Honors Public Discourse

    (2 pts)

    Complete an HP Contract (1 pt)

    HONS 4900 Honors Seminar (2pts)

    Earn 1 co-curricular point (conference or study abroad or research assistant, or course contract)

    Junior Capstone- Thesis/Project/Internship - can be for credit or co-curricular

    Earn a minor (1 pt)

    Complete Senior Leadership Experience (link here)


  • I am a transfer student interested in joining the Honors Program. My plan is to graduate in four semesters. I know I need 7 points to complete the honors program. What is an example of a pathway to complete the Honors Program for me?



    3rd Year (4 points + capstone)

    4th Year (2 points + capstone + leadership)

    HONS 4900 - Honors Seminar (2 pts)

    Earn 2 co-curricular points (research assistant or 2 pts course contract)

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

    Finish Junior Capstone

    Earn 1 co-curricular points

    Earn a minor (1 pt)

    Complete Senior Leadership Experience