Honors Program

Bachelor of Arts Honors Degree
Bachelor of Science Honors Degree
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Honors Degree

In addition to meeting all other graduation and major requirements, students wishing to earn an honors degree from Graceland University must be formally admitted to the honors program by the Honors Council, graduate with a minimum grade point average of 3.50, both cumulative and in their honors work, and complete a minimum of 21 s.h. of honors credit, including:

Twelve required hours:
HONR2010 Honors 201 3 s.h.
HONR3800 Junior Honors Seminar 3 s.h.
HONR4800 Senior Honors Seminar 3 s.h.
ACCT-THTR4850 Honors Thesis/Senior Project (discipline number assigned to correspond to topic) 3 s.h.

Three 3 s.h. honors courses earned through specially designed individual study, honors contracts that convert regular class offerings to honors courses, or specially designed honors offerings. 9 s.h.

Application for admission to the Honors Program may be made upon admission to the university or anytime during a student’s college career provided they plan to remain active in the Honors program for a minimum of two full years. Successful applicants are normally expected to meet both of the following criteria:

  1. A composite Enhanced ACT score of 25 (SAT 1140) or above.
  2. A minimum 3.50 cumulative grade point average at the time of admission into the program.

The Honors Council is, however, free to admit other students who present alternative evidence of exceptional academic promise. Students interested in admission to the program but for whom ACT or SAT scores are low or not available are urged to consult with the program director.

 

Honors Courses

HONR1010 Honors 101 3 s.h.
Interdisciplinary first-year seminar provides a common intellectual experience for new Honors students and introduces them to the culture and opportunities of a small liberal arts institution. Designed to help exceptional students produce, deliver, and, analyze written and oral texts and learn how written and oral performances function together in specific discourse communities. Substitutes for Discourse I. Admission by selection only. Goal 3B, ELO1A Communication

HONR2010 Honors 201 3 s.h.
The second of two sequenced interdisciplinary Honors seminars focused on developing the skills of written and oral communication, critical inquiry, and research. Students produce, deliver, and analyze college-level written and oral texts based on sustained academic research, and continue to develop their understanding of critical discourse analysis and critical language awareness in the context of a range of discursive forms (written, oral, visual and/or multimedia). Reinforces the common intellectual experience of the Honors program and further exposes students to the culture and opportunities of a small liberal arts institution. Admission by selection only. Substitutes for Discourse II. Prerequisite: HONR1010. Goal 3C, ELO1B Communication

HONR2330 Honors Humanities: Ways of Seeing 3 s.h.
An interdisciplinary foundation course in the shared and unique approaches to human experience of the visual artist, musician, creative writer, and philosopher. Course content draws freely on major cultural landmarks from each discipline. Prerequisite: Honors Program or instructor consent. Goal 2B

HONR3800 Junior Honors Seminar 3 s.h.
A series of weekly discussions of topics selected by seminar participants for a broad cross section of intellectual disciplines. Each participant is required to prepare specified readings in advance of weekly sessions and to share in planning and conducting discussions. Offered in the fall semester only. Prerequisites: Admission to the Honors Program and junior or senior standing.

HONR3950 Honors Colloquium 1-3 s.h.
Opportunity for a small group of advanced students to pursue in-depth study of an area or topic of interest. Will be offered on demand when faculty are available. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Graded on a Pass/Fail basis. Prerequisite: Admission to the Honors Program.

HONR4800 Senior Honors Seminar 3 s.h.
A series of weekly discussions of topics selected by seminar participants for a broad cross section of intellectual disciplines. Each participant is required to prepare specified readings in advance of weekly sessions and to share in planning and conducting discussions. Offered in the fall semester only. Prerequisites: Admission to the Honors Program and junior or senior standing.

ACCT-THTR4850 Honors Thesis/Senior Project 3 s.h.
A major scholarly paper or senior project planned by the honors student and executed in consultation with an approved faculty member. To count toward an honors degree, the student must receive a grade of A or B. The thesis/project will be evaluated on the basis of its originality, quality of research, and presentation. A prospectus must be approved by the Honors Council before significant work is begun. The subject of the thesis/project may be outside the student’s major and may be interdisciplinary in scope. Prerequisites: Senior standing and admission to the Honors Program.