Honors Program

Honors Program

Honors Program Applications are due March 1

Students will be notified of a decision by April 1.

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The Honors Program will help you to push boundaries and take intellectual risks.

Honors students generally represent the top 10% of their class. In addition, honors students typically have achieved distinction in leadership, community service, athletics, or the arts.

honors student minimums
1330 combined ERW + M score on the SAT
29 minimum ACT
3.5 minimum GPA

Benefits of the Honors Program

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.

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Perks for Excellence

  • Specialized opportunities for service learning and community outreach
  • Permission to take up to twenty credit hours per semester with no additional tuition fees
  • Priority registration for classes and campus housing beginning in the sophomore year
  • Special research and internship opportunities
  • Honors Housing (Barnett Residential Life Center in the freshman year)

Honors Course Overview

  • HON 1700 Writing on Contemporary Social Issues
  • HON 1701 Speaking on Contemporary Social Issues
  • HON 1990 Honors First Year Seminar
  • HON 2990 Honors Second Year Seminar
  • One Sophomore Honors Course
  • HON 3955, 3956 Honors Directed Study
  • HON 4955, 4956 Honors Research and Thesis

Honors Program Luncheon

Eligible students are invited to join us for a special honors luncheon during Friday of Scholars Weekend.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Students who are already enrolled at Florida Southern and wish to apply to the program must do so by the end of their first semester at Florida Southern College. In order to be considered, students must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member.

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.

Several programs offer honors options, including Accounting, Chemistry, English, History, Music, Philosophy, Psychology, and Religion. Please contact your counselor for more information.

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 maintain a cumulative GPA of a 3.5 or higher to graduate from the honors program.

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 are encouraged to focus their talents within their academic program. Florida Southern College’s honors program requires six semester to complete, and therefore students with an AA degree are not eligible to participate in the program. 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, as well as explore honors opportunities within in their academic department.