Policies & Requirements

Honors Academic Progress Standards

In addition to completing the courses required by the Honors College, which amount to about 30% of total coursework, you must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.40 in order to graduate from the Honors College and to receive the designation of “Honors College Graduate” on your official transcript.

To guide you toward meeting the 3.40 cumulative GPA and course requirements, we have established academic performance standards. The Director of Honors Advising in consultation with the assigned Honors Advisor tracks the academic performance of each Honors College student, and will notify that student of his or her standing, as appropriate, at the end of each semester.

 Good Standing for 1st Year Students

  • Completion of the Honors FYE (BGS, HONS 110, and one additional honors course)
  • Completion of Honors Engaged
  • Completion of 30 credit hours
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.00
  • No Class I or Class II Honor Code violation
  • No conduct violation that has resulted in the sanction of suspension or expulsion

 Probation and/or Removal for 1st Year Students

  • Students who have Class I or II Honor Code violations, conduct violations that have led to suspension or expulsion, or who are placed on academic probation will be moved from the Honors College into the regular curriculum.
  • Students who are not in good standing at the end of the spring following the freshman year will be placed on advising probation. Students on advising probation will be required to schedule an individual advising appointment with an honors advisor before the start of the fall semester to discuss long-term goals and their status in Honors.
  • Students who do not schedule the appointment will lose priority registration for the sophomore year.

Good standing for 2nd Year Students

  • Completion of Western Civilization sequence or documentable arrangements to take Western Civilization after the sophomore year (requires approval by the Honors College Committee)
  • Completion of 30 credit hours
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.20
  • No Class I or Class II Honor Code violation
  • No conduct violation that has resulted in the sanction of suspension or expulsion

Probation and/or Removal for 2nd  Year Students

  • Students who have Class I or II Honor Code violations, conduct violations that have led to suspension or expulsion, or who are placed on academic probation will be moved from the Honors College into the regular curriculum.
  • Students who are not in good standing at the end of the spring following the sophomore year will be placed on advising probation. Students on advising probation will be required to schedule an individual advising appointment with an honors advisor before the start of the fall semester to discuss long-term goals and their status in Honors.
  • Students who do not schedule the appointment will lose priority registration for the junior year.
  • At the end of summer following the sophomore year, students with a GPA of less than 3.0 will be moved from the Honors College into the regular curriculum.
  • Students who are removed from the Honors College have the right to appeal this action using the prescribed appeal form. These students should consult with the Director of Advising about this process.

Good Standing for 3rd Year Students

  • Completion of all curriculum requirements except the Bachelor’s Essay or documentable arrangements to complete the interdisciplinary seminar and Honors Immersed in the 4th year
  • Completion of 30 credit hours
  • Maintaining a minimum 3.30 GPA
  • No Class I or Class II Honor Code violation
  • No conduct violation that has resulted in the sanction of suspension or expulsion

To Complete in Good Standing in the Honors College

  • Achieve a minimum 3.40 GPA
  • Completion of the BE, Honors Engaged, Honors Immersed and all honors course requirements
  • No Class I or Class II Honor Code violation
  • No conduct violation that has led to the sanction of suspension or expulsion

To graduate from the College of Charleston with the designation of “Honors College Graduate” on your transcript, you must successfully complete the Honors College requirements, all college-wide general education requirements, and requirements for a major(s). The Honors course requirements are as follows:

  • HONS 100 – Beyond George Street (1 credit)
  • HONS 110 – Honors Academic Writing (4 credits) or a 5 on the AP English Language exam
  • Honors Engaged
  • HONS 121/122 & 131/132 – Honors Colloquium in Western Civilization (12 credits). The Honors 131/132 may be satisfied with a 4 or 5 on AP European History or World History or a 6 or 7 on IB European History HL or World History HL
  • Two semesters of Mathematics to include MATH 120 or HONS 115 – Calculus I and an additional Mathematics course at the 200 level. According to the policies of the Mathematics Department, these requirements may be satisfied with AP, IB, or dual enrollment credit
  • A minimum of three additional Honors courses, at least one of which must be interdisciplinary (9+ credits)
  • Honors Immersed – 3 credits of independent study/tutorial/practicum, internship, or pre-approved study abroad
  • A Bachelor’s Essay, usually done over two semesters in the senior year (6 credits)

* HONS  100, HONS 110, HONS 121/122 & 131/132, HONS 115, HONS 216, HONS 399, HONS 395, HONS 396, and HONS 499 do not count toward the requirement for three additional Honors courses.

Participation in the Honors College Awards Ceremony

  • All students who complete in Good Standing in the Honors College by the end of the semester in which they applied to graduate will be invited to participate in the Honors College Awards Ceremony and will receive 1) a medal to be worn during College of Charleston Graduation Ceremony, 2) a framed Honors College Certificate and 3) a lapel pin. Their Honors College completion will be noted on the transcript.
  • All students who have remained in the Honors College through the senior year and are in Good Standing on all counts except for the 3.40 GPA will be invited to participate in the Honors College Awards Ceremony. These students will receive a lapel pin.
  • All students who have remained in the Honors College and have earned at least a 3.40, but have remaining course requirements to complete over the summer, will be invited to participate in the Honors College Awards Ceremony. These students will receive a lapel pin. The medal and framed certificate will be issued upon completion of course requirements.
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