Admission to the Honors College

Entering freshmen with a composite ACT score of 26 or higher are eligible to apply for admission to the Honors College. Sophomore students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher may petition the committee for admission to the college. Upper-class students may petition to take specific honors courses without being admitted to the college.


During the freshman and sophomore years, students should take at least 12 of the following 15 hours of liberal arts core honors courses:

  • ENG 1803, Freshman English-Honors
  • ENG 2793, Masters of Western Literature-Honors
  • HIS 1043, Civilization Since 1660-Honors
  • HUM 2093, Fine Arts-Honors
  • PHI 2083, Introduction to Philosophy-Honors

During the junior and senior years, students are required to take at least 12 hours of “Honors” designated courses at the 3000 and 4000 levels. At least 6 of these hours must be satisfied by honors contract work in courses in the student’s major field of study. Students usually satisfy the remaining 6-hour requirement by completing the following courses:

  • HUM 3073, Honors Colloquium
  • HUM 3083, Honors Seminar

However, students may consult with the honors director regarding options for completing these 6 hours of the upper-level requirement.

Full list and detailed descriptions of the courses available through the Honors College.

Graduation Requirements

A student must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25 while taking a minimum of 28 hours of course work each academic year. Students who complete 24 hours of “Honors” designated course work, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher, and satisfy all other requirements for graduation will receive their diplomas with the distinction of “Henderson State University Honors College Scholar.”

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