The Honors Program is designed to allow students to execute a high-level personal project over their time at Florida Southern. Successful Honors students are academically driven and enjoy taking on challenges. If you are ready to make your mark on the world, the Honors Program may be a good fit for you.
Applicants can choose to apply under the Round 1 deadline (December 15) or Round 2 deadline (March 1). Students will be notified of decisions within 1 month of their chosen deadline.
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.
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.
HON 1700 Writing on Contemporary Social Issues
HON 1701 Speaking on Contemporary Social Issues
HON 1990 Honors First Year Seminar
Honors Liberal Arts Course
HON 2990 Honors Second Year Seminar
HON 3955, 3956 Honors Directed Study
Submit Thesis Proposal and Present Proposal at Fiat Lux
HON 4955, 4956 Thesis Writing
Submit Final Thesis
Present Thesis at Fiat Lux
Honors is a community of writers, artists, scientists, musicians, and business leaders who share a common thread of intellectual promise and self-motivation.
To apply to the Honors Program, students must have at least a 3.5 weighted GPA, write a supplemental letter to the committee, and demonstrate at least three markers of excellence from the following list (note that you are not required to have one from each section, just three from the overall list).
Here are five potential Honors applicants’ profiles as examples!
A: 3.92 weighted GPA. Has spent the last four summers as a camp counselor for younger children. Attended their state’s HOSA conference last year. Their high school reports rank in quartiles and they are within the top 25%.
B: 3.59 weighted GPA. Second place at national school newspaper competition. National Honor Society member. Began a toy drive for foster children.
C: 4.26 weighted GPA. Has worked on political campaigns for two years supporting an issue they care about (#8). Spends most afternoons caring for younger siblings while parents work. Submitted a lab report to Honors committee from their AP Biology class.
D: 4.10 weighted GPA. Has been highly engaged in their high school’s AVID program. Taught self to play the ukulele. Student body secretary.
E: 3.79 weighted GPA. 1430 SAT score. Works 15 hrs/week at a local grocery store. Will have earned their AA through dual enrollment courses.
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.
Eligible students are invited to join us for a special honors luncheon during Friday of Scholars Weekend.
Honors classes are not more difficult in the sense that the material you are learning is more advanced. Honors classes challenge students to think differently, communicate with students in other disciplines, and work with faculty throughout the College. The interdisciplinary nature of the Honors program is meant to make you think and apply materials to current events and topics, as opposed to the unilateral process of a course offered as a single topic.
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, Biology, 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.