The George Center for Honors Studies offers an alternative general education curriculum to ambitious high school students. The program aims to enrich the academic experience of high-ability undergraduate students, offering numerous educational and intellectual opportunities and challenges. Honors students can pursue a broad liberal education and create an individualized program of study.
Look to the Honors Studies curriculum to help you create meaning in your life and your community. Stretch your mind and your understanding of cultural environments to make ethical, intellectual and spiritual sense of the world. Discover and define your path. Find your calling. Learn to make choices that make a difference.
Greensboro College waives the usual overload charge for enrolling in more than 18 credit hours per semester.
Admission Criteria for the Honors Program
To be considered for the Honors program, a student must:
Barrett Scholarship recipients are required to participate in the Honors program. The James S. Barrett Scholarship is the college’s top award for merit and was created in 2011 to honor the college’s 15th president, who served from 1981 to 1984. During his tenure, the college refocused on its core mission as a liberal-arts college in the Methodist tradition. Barrett also led the creation of what is now the George Center. He died in 2007.
Applicants for the Barrett Scholarship must have a minimum combined SAT Critical Reading and Math score of 1250 and minimum weighted high-school grade-point average of 3.75. They also must display a record of exceptional achievement both in and outside the classroom.
To remain in good standing in the program, honors students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. First-year students must complete the First-Year Honors Sequence; second-year students must complete the Second-Year Honors Sequence; and third-year students must complete HON 3010.
Honors students are expected to participate in extracurricular activities and are expected to conduct themselves in the spirit of the honors program, which is the pursuit of academic excellence. No honors work may be taken Pass/Fail.
Your completed coursework will serve you well at Greensboro College, but because of the distinct serial nature of the program, some of your AP courses and/or completed college work may not apply to the program’s requirements.
AP Courses and the Honors College: Courses designated as HON may not be exempted through AP credit. Credit will instead be awarded in the following manner.
Students who enter the program during their sophomore year must successfully complete 20 hours of honors work consisting of the Second-Year Honors Sequence (HON 2010 and 2020), HON 3010, HON 3030, and HON 4800.
Boundless options… within boundaries! While your Honor’s Thesis will ultimately be a book on a shelf, don’t let that hold you back. We are open to new ideas for your project; some students have done library and archival research, some have conducted scientific and social science experiments. And, we’ve seen fantastic art exhibitions and musical and dramatic performances. There are basically three parameters:
Previous theses are bound and available for review in the George Center for Honors Studies.
Should an honors student major in an academic discipline requiring its own senior project, the student would not be required to complete both the senior project in the major and the honors thesis. Instead the student would be expected to craft a single project in such a way as to satisfy both requirements. Such a project would be crafted in consultation with, and would require the formal approval of, the student’s faculty mentor, the appropriate academic department chair, and the Honors Committee.
During the spring semester of a student’s third year they enroll in HON 312, a one-credit hour course in which the student prepares the honors thesis prospectus. During either the fall or the spring semester of their senior year, the student enrolls in HON 475, a three-credit hour course in which the student undertakes the project and writes the thesis. Note: If a student enrolled in HON 475 during the fall semester needs additional time to complete the project, the student may request a Carry Over grade and complete the project during the spring semester. If the request is approved, deadlines will be adjusted accordingly. In no case, however, may a student receive more than 3 credit hours for HON 475.
The thesis prospectus must be formally approved by the George Center for Honors Studies. Students enrolling in HON 475 during the fall semester must submit the prospectus for approval to the Director of the George Center for Honors Studies no later than Monday of the third week of classes that semester. Those enrolling in HON 475 during the spring semester must submit the prospectus no later than Monday of the 14th week of classes the preceding (fall) semester. Before its submission to the Director, the prospectus must be formally approved by the thesis advisor and formally reviewed by the Chair of the Department of English and Communication Studies, who will review the prospectus for grammar, style, and form.
An abstract of the thesis must be submitted to the Director of the George Center for Honors Studies no later than Friday of the 12th week of classes during the semester the student is enrolled in HON 475. The thesis itself must be submitted to the Director no later than Reading Day of that semester.
In addition, during the 14th week of classes during that semester, the student must summarize the completed project in a 10-20 minute formal oral presentation. The presentation will be open to all faculty, staff, and students of the College. The exact day and time of the presentation will be arranged by the Director.
Requirements for Graduation with an Honors Degree include:
You will find four years of special curricular and extracurricular opportunities and an emphasis on intellectual and personal development. Your coursework is exclusive to the Honors Program – housed in the George Center for Honors Studies in the Main Building – and team-taught by two professors (full-time!) in the classroom. Courses are interdisciplinary in nature, meaning you will study the human condition in all its dimensions: traditional studies in classical literature and philosophy will incorporate views of the social sciences and the arts. The Honors curriculum is dedicated to your intellectual development through pursuit of academic excellence in the dual traditions of the liberal arts and the Judeo-Christian faith.
Students entering the program as first year students must successfully complete 28 hours of honors work consisting of the First-Year Honors Sequence (HON 1010 and 1020), and subsequently the Second-Year Honors Sequence (HON 2010 and 2020), HON 3010, HON 3030, and HON 4800.
The Second-Year Honors Sequence consist of HON 2010 and 2020, and subsequently HON 3010, HON 3030, and HON 4800.Students who enter the program during their sophomore year must successfully complete 20 hours of honors work consisting of the Second-Year Honors Sequence.
Transcripts and diplomas will show that a student has successfully completed the honors degree program. In addition, honors program graduates are recognized at commencement, and their names are listed separately in the commencement program along with the titles of their theses. Students in the honors degree program also may qualify for Academic Honors based upon their cumulative grade point average.
Successful completion of the 28-hour Honors sequence constitutes a minor in Humanities.
Make a difference and play along the way. The George Center for Honors Studies is more than an academic regimen. You can join the fun – even help plan it! – of extracurricular activities, such as attending theatre, publishing a website, blogging, community service (nearby and country-wide), white water rafting, travel to Washington, D.C., etc.
You can make it what you want it to be.
You may be eligible for our new Stay Local Scholarship, which supports bright minds right in our home state of North Carolina. LEARN MORE