Enrollment per class is a maximum of fifteen students. Honors courses provide a learning environment that is conducive to enhanced interaction with faculty and other Honors students. The same course content is covered but with an emphasis on discussion and writing, communicating and learning in an interactive setting, and covering material in-depth.
Honors courses are intended to challenge serious students; however, the course outlines and syllabi are carefully constructed to parallel the workload of comparable non-Honors courses. A major difference is in the type of assignments that are given and the flexibility built into many of those assignments so that students can pursue topics of interest to them.
What other benefits are afforded to Honors students?
Besides the small classes, students have other important benefits: priority registration, recognition on transcripts, graduation distinctions, opportunities to attend Honors conferences, and merit-based Honors Program Scholarships.
The Honors Program will offer courses in Business, English, Humanities, Science and the Social Sciences. The schedule will change each term and will continue to expand.
The student must have completed at least 45 semester hours of college credit work with a cumulative GPA of 3.30. Of these 45 semester hours, 15 must have been earned in Honors courses in which the student received a grade of "B" or higher.
How can students earn an Honors Program Diploma?
To earn an Honors Program Diploma (an Associate of Arts degree or Associate of Science degree from the Honors Program of GPC), students must have completed all the requirements for the program of study with a cumulative GPA of 3.50. Of these required semester hours, 30 must have been earned in Honors courses in which the student received a grade of "B" or higher, and the cumulative GPA for these Honors courses must be 3.30 or higher. As part of their Honors curriculum, students must complete Honors courses in the following areas:
2 courses in English
1 course in Fine Arts/Humanities
2 courses in the Social Sciences
1 course in Mathematics, Science, or Economics*
Students in some disciplines may also earn Honors Program distinction in their major or Departmental Honors. This opportunity exists in many areas, including Business, Psychology, History and English. To earn this special recognition, students must fulfill all of the requirements for an Honors Program diploma and must complete as part of their course work a minimum of 9 credit hours in Honors courses that satisfy their major requirements in Area F. The cumulative GPA for these Area F Honors courses must be a 3.50 or higher.**
* Students majoring in mathematics or science may fulfill this option by taking two calculus courses or by completing a two-course science sequence required for earning a degree in that major.
** Two classes (6-8 credit hours) taken abroad may substitute for one Honors course required for the Honors Program diploma or certificate. Only one such substitution will be allowed for the Honors Program certificate. Two courses required for the Honors Program diploma may be replaced by four courses taken abroad (12-16 credit hours).