Honors Program

Honors Program

Honors Program Applications are due March 1.

Students will be notified of a decision by April 1.

The application period for fall 2020 has closed and will re-open in August for fall 2021.

Push boundaries. Take intellectual risks.

Students invited to participate have proven academic ability and generally represent the top ten percent of their class. Many are leaders in their high schools and local communities; others are gifted writers, artists, or scientists. Honors students also demonstrate intellectual promise and self-motivation.


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Why apply?

Guided by the College’s most distinguished faculty, you’ll find yourself taking your learning beyond the classroom through advanced course work, greater opportunities for self-directed study, special lectures and symposia, and a rich array of social events. Additionally, you’ll benefit from additional resources and privileges designed to propel you along your career path.

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  • Small, interactive seminars led by top faculty
  • Special lectures, symposia, and networking events
  • Completion of a two-year capstone project researched with a faculty member in your field
  • Opportunities to present and publish your work
  • Priority class registration
  • Take up to 20 credit hours per semester at no additional cost
  • Honors-only housing option in Barnett Residential Life Complex
  • Access to a private, on-campus study lounge
  • Assistance in applying for prestigious scholarships, e.g. Fulbright, Rhodes, Goldwater, as well as help with personal statements for graduate, law, and medical school

Honors Course Progression

With an emphasis on scholarly inquiry, your honors coursework will challenge you to "think big." You’ll have opportunities to collaborate with faculty and peers from other disciplines while gaining greater insight into your own major.

First Year
HON 1700 Writing on Contemporary Social Issues
HON 1701 Speaking on Contemporary Social Issues
HON 1990 Honors First Year Seminar

Second Year
Honors Liberal Arts Course
HON 2990 Honors Second Year Seminar

Third Year
HON 3955, 3956 Honors Directed Study
Submit Thesis Proposal and Present Proposal at Fiat Lux

Fourth Year
HON 4955, 4956 Thesis Writing
Submit Final Thesis
Present Thesis at Fiat Lux

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.