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The University Honors Program

Outstanding students may pursue academic honors through the University Honors Program and/or by Departmental Honors work in their major. (Qualified students interested in Departmental Honors should seek advice through their Department Chairperson. Departmental Honors may not be available in all departments.).

University Honors Program students, in their freshmen and sophomore years, work with dedicated faculty members in a variety of special honors courses designated from the General Education Curriculum. In their junior and senior years, honor students work with select faculty in their disciplines, engaging in research for special projects sponsored by their departments. Successful completion of their studies is signified upon graduation by the designation of Georgian Court University Honors on the transcript and diploma.

In addition to these enhanced academic opportunities, University Honors Program Students participate in special co-curricular and cultural activities that invigorate the social, aesthetic and spiritual dimensions of their university experience.

As members of the University Honors Program, students receive an enriched academic curriculum featuring:

  • faculty members chosen for their excellence as teaching-scholars;
  • challenging interactive classroom format;
  • emphasis on primary texts and sources;
  • rigorous scholarly writing assignments and oral presentations;
  • close faculty mentoring;
  • preference in academic advisement and course registration;
  • a strong sense of belonging to a community of scholars;
  • sponsorship in funding presentations at regional and national conferences;
  • special advisement by faculty members regarding graduate and professional school applications and prestigious fellowship opportunities;
  • special recognition at commencement ceremonies.

GENERAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Academic Requirements

To continue in the Honors Program students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative overall GPA of 3.3, and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in honors courses.

Students who do not maintain these standards may be continued in the Honors Program on Honors Program probation for the following four semesters to raise their grades to meet the requirements. If after four semesters on probation either the cumulative overall GPA or the cumulative GPA in the honors courses does not equal or exceed the minimum listed for the Honors Program, the student will be removed from the Honors Program. This does not affect the student’s standing as a student in the university.

Co-curricular Requirements

As active members of the Honors Program, students are required to attend program meetings, and to participate in university-sponsored co-curricular activities and events designated by the Honors Program director. The schedule of such meetings and events will be published at the beginning of each semester.

Students who do not attend such scheduled events may be placed on Honors Program probation for the following semester. If after a semester on Honors Program probation the student continues to have an unsatisfactory record of participation/attendance in honors program activities, meetings and events, the student will be removed from the Honors Program. This does not affect the student’s standing as a student in the university.

ADMISSION & GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

First-Year Honors Program Students

Admission: Potential Honors Program students will be identified and recruited by admissions counselors on the basis of their academic excellence (minimum 3.6 GPA) in college preparatory courses. Admission to the Honors Program will be by invitation of the director upon review of candidates’ placement test results. Students must score high in reading and in the English Department’s writing placement exam.

Graduation requirements: In the course of their college careers, students will be required to complete three designated honors courses from the General Education Curriculum, as well as the required EN221 (grade C or better), and four honors by contract courses in their disciplines;

Students currently enrolled who achieve a minimum GPA of 3.3 for a minimum of 12, but not more than 32 credits

Admission: Current students meeting these qualifications are encouraged to apply for admission to the University Honors Program by sending a letter to the director requesting admission. Admittance will be at the invitation of the director. Should the students be accepted into the program, they are required to sign a form indicating their knowledge that EN221 is a requirement of the program.

Graduation requirements:
- Current students admitted to the University Honors Program with a minimum of 12 but less than 19 credits must complete three designated honors courses from the General Education Curriculum, as well as the required EN221 (grade C or better), and three honors by contract courses in their discipline.
- Current students admitted to the University Honors Program with a minimum of 18 but less than 32 credits must complete the graduation requirements listed below for transfer students.

Transfer Students entering Georgian Court with 32 or fewer credits with a minimum of 3.3 GPA

Admission: Transfer students meeting these qualifications are encouraged to apply for admission to the University Honors Program by sending a letter to the director requesting admission. Admittance will be at the invitation of the director. Should the students be accepted into the program, they are required to sign a form indicating their knowledge that EN221 is a requirement of the program.

Graduation requirements: These transfer students who are accepted into the University Honors Program will be required to complete two designated honors courses from the General Education Curriculum, as well as the required EN221 (grade C or better), and three honors by contract courses in their discipline.

Transfer Students entering Georgian Court who have satisfactorily completed an Honors Program for the associate’s degree

Admission: Transfer students meeting these qualifications are encouraged to apply for admission to the University Honors Program by sending a letter to the director requesting admission. Admittance will be at the invitation of the director. Should the students be accepted into the program, they are required to sign a form indicating their knowledge that EN221 is a requirement of the program.

Graduation requirements: These students will be required to complete one designated honors course from the General Education Curriculum, as well as the required EN221 (grade C or better), and two honors by contract courses in their discipline.

CO-CURRICULAR & EXTRACURRICULAR PROGRAMS

The University Honors Program sponsors a variety of academic and cultural events for the enrichment of the intellectual, social, and spiritual life of the university.


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