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Honors Program

The University Honors Program at Georgian Court is dedicated to offering outstanding students the opportunity to engage in academic experiences, inside and outside the classroom, that are challenging and distinctive. The program is grounded in course offerings that help students to engage material in more depth than they might otherwise. Class sizes are kept small, and material is chosen to engage honors students broadly and deeply and encourage them to ask questions, make connections, and entertain new perspectives, all while being challenged intellectually. Students are able to work closely with their professors, and to become part of a community of honors students who challenge and support one another academically and foster one another’s intellectual growth. This sense of community is enhanced not only in the classroom, but through extracurricular activities and the option for students to live in special honors housing.

Most courses in the University Honors Program fulfill general education requirements, so University Honors students do not have to take additional required courses to complete the program. Students also have the option of completing Honors by Contract, independent research projects in an area of interest for the student completed with a faculty mentor, to fulfill honors requirements. Honors by Contract projects may take many forms, though they must conform to the requirements as noted on the contracts.

For more detailed information on current University Honors Program policies and requirements, please consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

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

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In addition to the enhanced academic opportunities listed above, University Honors Program students may also:

What is Required to Graduate with University Honors?

To continue in the University 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 are also required to make consistent progress toward fulfilling the requirements of the program. Failure to meet these requirements may result in students being placed on Honors Program Probation or being dismissed from the program.

In addition to maintaining the academic requirements listed above, students must also complete the required curriculum/course requirements in order to graduate with honors.

Students entering the program the first semester of their freshman year must complete the following honors courses (total of eight honors courses):

  • EN221 Honors Argument: Rhetoric & Research (must earn a grade of C or better)
  • GEN199 WI:Discovering Self in the Universe
  • GEN400 WI:Visioning a Future
  • Any five additional honors courses, which may be a combination of designated honors classes and Honors by Contract. At least one Honors by Contract experience is required, except for students who are also Psychology Scholars.

Students entering the program after the completion of the first semester of their freshman year, including transfer students with fewer than 30 credits, must complete the following honors courses (total of seven honors courses):

  • EN221 Honors Argument: Rhetoric & Research
  • GEN199 WI:Discovering Self in the Universe
  • GEN400 WI:Visioning a Future
  • Any four additional honors courses, which may be a combination of designated honors classes and Honors by Contract. At least one Honors by Contract experience is required, except for students who are also Psychology Scholars.

Students entering the program after the completion of their freshman year, including transfer students with 30 or more credits, must complete the following honors courses (total of six honors courses):

  • EN221 Honors Argument: Rhetoric & Research
  • GEN400 WI:Visioning a Future
  • If the student has not taken GEN199 WI:Discovering Self in the Universe at the time he or she enters the program, she or he is required to take an honors version of the class. If he or she has taken a non-honors version of the class before entering the University Honors Program, or if the student is not required to take GEN199 WI:Discovering Self in the Universe, then this requirement is waived.
  • Any three (or four if GEN199 WI:Discovering Self in the Universe is not taken as honors) additional honors courses, which may be a combination of designated honors classes and Honors by Contract. At least one Honors by Contract experience is required, except for students who are also Psychology Scholars.

As active members of the Honors Program, students are required to attend program meetings and to participate in university-sponsored cocurricular activities and events designated by the director of the University Honors Program.

What is Required for Admission to the Honors Program?

Potential University Honors Program students will be identified and recruited by admissions counselors on the basis of their academic excellence in high school college preparatory courses and their standardized test scores. Consideration will also be given to students’ course selection with preference for students who take honors and advanced placement classes. Admission to the University Honors Program will be by invitation of the director upon review of candidates’ records. See above requirements for details about what is required to graduate with honors after being admitted to the program.

Current GCU students who have a GPA of at least 3.7 at GCU may apply for admission to the University Honors Program by submitting an application to the director of the University Honors Program. Meeting the GPA requirement does not guarantee admission to the program. Contact the director for information about how to apply. Please note: Students will not be admitted to the program in the middle of a semester and instead will be directed to apply after their grades are reported for the current semester. However, students should contact the director for information as soon as they know they are interested in applying. See above requirements for details about what is required to graduate with honors after being admitted to the program.

Transfer students who have a GPA of at least 3.7 from their previous institution may apply for admission to the University Honors Program by submitting an application to the director of the University Honors Program. Meeting the GPA requirement does not guarantee admission to the program. Contact the director for information about how to apply. Preference will be given to students who were honors students at their previous institution. See above requirements for details about what is required to graduate with honors after being admitted to the program.

Honors Program Info?

For more information on the Honors Program, or if you have any questions, please contact Dr. Russell McDonald, director of the Honors Program, at ude.naigroeg@dlanodcmr or 732-987-2397.

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