Honors Program

Honors Program


The Honors Program will help you to explore the unexplored by challenging you to push boundaries and take intellectual risks.

The mission of the Florida Southern College Honors Program is to offer academically talented and highly motivated students challenging opportunities to explore special topics through carefully constructed courses, enrichment workshops, internships, service learning projects, and study abroad programs. The Honors Program fosters an active and engaged learning environment within a community of scholars.

Who’s an Honors student?

Honors students generally represent the top 10% of their class and have achieved at minimum:

  • 3.5 GPA in a rigorous college preparatory curriculum
  • 1350 combined ERW + M score on the post-March 2016 SAT or a 1290 combined CR + M score on the pre-March 2016 SAT
  • 29 ACT

In addition, honors students typically have achieved distinction in leadership, community service, athletics, or the arts.

Guided by the College’s most distinguished faculty, you’ll find yourself taking your learning beyond the classroom through advanced course work, special projects, internships, research, and community outreach.

Benefits of the Honors Program include:

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Honors Curriculum

The honors curriculum consists of a general education core, honors seminars, and a senior honors project.

Honors Core Courses
Honors Seminars
Senior Honors Project
Honors Course Requirements
HON 1700 Writing on Contemporary Social Issues:
  • HON 1701 Speaking on Contemporary Social Issues
  • HON 2990 Honors Second Year Seminar
  • One sophomore or junior honors course
  • HON 3955, 3956 Honors Directed Study
  • HON 4955, 4956 Honors Research and Thesis
Dr. Kerr with Honors Students

Frequently Asked Questions

If I didn’t enter Florida Southern College as an Honors student, can I join the program?

If you did not enter FSC as an Honors student, you may apply to the Honors Program during your first year at Florida Southern. In addition to having a minimum GPA of 3.5, you will be required to write and submit an essay explaining your interest in becoming part of the Honors Program.

What about transfer students?

Transfer students may also be eligible for the Honors Program on a case-by-case basis, particularly if they were honors students at their previous schools.

Does Florida Southern offer additional honors programs in my major?

Several departments offer Honors within the Major, including accounting, biology, chemistry, English, history, music, philosophy, psychology, and religion. Please contact individual departments for more information.

What are the academic requirements to remain in the honors program?

Honors students, as academic leaders on the campus, must maintain the highest standards of academic integrity and quality. Students must earn a ‘C’ or higher in all honors courses and achieve a cumulative GPA of a 3.5 or higher to graduate from the honors program.

Can I participate in the Honors Program if I come in with college credit?

The Honors Program curriculum is  23-26 credit hours, in addition to required major hours. Thus, students with plans of spending 3-4 years at Florida Southern are ideal candidates for the program. Students entering Florida Southern with substantial college credits or an associate’s degree are encouraged to focus their talents within their academic program.

Have an AA and are still seeking an extra challenge?

Congratulations on completing your associate’s degree; we applaud your academic ambition and welcome you to our dynamic academic community at Florida Southern College. While the Honors Program requires a minimum of 3 years and a standard of 4 to complete, you have many options to challenge yourself academically while completing the remaining credits towards your bachelor’s degree. At Florida Southern, our students are encouraged to take on challenging internships, undergraduate research opportunities, service learning projects, and be leaders in academic honors societies and other organizations across campus.

Are you up for a challenge? Apply today.

If you recognize that the goal of a true education is more than just “knowing the book,” our Honors Program may be the right choice for you.

Applications are due March 1.

Students will be notified of a decision by April 1.

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