Curriculum, Policies, & Requirements

Honors College requirements for all classes entering Fall 2018 and forward:

  1. HONS 100 Beyond George Street (1 credit hour; must be completed in the first semester)
  2. Honors Engaged – a 1-year community engagement project to be fulfilled in the first year of the honors program.
  3. HONS 110 Honors Academic Writing (4 credit hours; must be completed in the first semester).
  4. At least one Honors Foundations Course (3-5 credit hours each)
  5. Quantitative Literacy Course (3 credit hours). Can be satisfied with Math 120 (or AP credit), Honors Calculus (HONS 115), or Honors Conceptual Tour of Mathematics (HONS 216).
  6. At least two courses in Exploring Complexity and Diversity Colloquia (3-4 credit hours each). Requirements can be satisfied with Foundations of Western Civilizations; Values and Traditions in the Non-Western World; Elements of Human Culture and Expression; Ethics, History and Philosophy of Science; Diversity and Sustainability; Self, Other and Society; and Inquiry, Discovery, and Innovation.
  7. At least one Advanced Studies Course, which includes an upper-level Honors Special Topics or a 200-level or above Honors Disciplinary course (3-4 credit hours).
  8. Satisfactory completion of Honors Directed (9 credit hours: 3 hours independent study/internship and 6 hours Bachelor’s Essay). These requirements do not need to be HONS and can be completed under a departmental course number.
  9. cumulative GPA of 3.400 or higher

Honors College requirements for all classes entering prior to Fall 2018:

  1. HONS 100 Beyond George Street (1 credit hour; must be completed in the first semester)
  2. Honors Engaged – a 1-year community engagement project to be fulfilled in the first year in the honors program.
  3. HONS 110 Honors Academic Writing (4 credit hours; must be completed in the first semester). May be satisfied with a 5 on AP English.
  4. MATH 120 Calculus (4 credit hours) May be satisfied with a 3 or better on AP Calculus AB or BC.
  5. An additional mathematics course at or above the 200 Level. Some 200-level math courses may be satisfied with AP credit. Please see listing on the Registrar’s webpage for more specific information.
  6. HONS 121/HONS 122 and HONS 131/HONS 132, Honors Western Civilization (12 credit hours). HONS 121/HONS 131 may be satisfied with a 4 or 5 on AP European or World History. Also, may be satisfied with a 6 or 7 on IB European or World History HL.  Students with these scores replace HONS 122/HONS 132 with any two honors humanities courses (HONS 170, HONS 173, HONS 175, HONS 180, HONS 281, HONS 381).
  7. HONS 380, HONS 381, or HONS 382 Honors Interdisciplinary Special Topics course (3-4 credit hours)
  8. Any two additional Honors courses (6-8 credit hours)
  9. Satisfactory completion of Honors Immersed (pre-approved Independent Study, Internship, and/or Study Abroad course) with a “B” or better. Approvals require the signature of the Dean of the Honors College.
  10. Any six credit hour Bachelor’s Essay; may be Honors or departmental (6 credit hours)
  11. cumulative GPA of 3.400 or higher

Please see the Undergraduate Catalog for more details on curricular requirements, including those for the Honors College.

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 (including Honors curriculum listed above), all college-wide general education requirements, and requirements for a major(s).

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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