Honors Program

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:

Presidential Scholarship

The Presidential Scholarship is the college’s top award for merit and is valued at full tuition. Four available for fall 2023.

To be consider:

  1. Apply and be accepted to the College
  2. Apply and be accepted into the George Center for Honors Studies
  3. Earn a weighted cumulative GPA of 4.0 or greater

The Honors Program will contact finalists for an interview on Saturday, February 11, 2023. Notification by April 1.

Only first year students are eligible for consideration. The scholarship has a residential component.


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.

Advanced Placement Credit

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.

  • AP English: First-year honors students presenting an AP English examination score of 4 or 5 will receive 4 hours of elective credit for a 2000-level literature course.
  • AP History: First-year honors students presenting appropriate AP examination scores will receive credit and exemption according to normal College policy. (Please see the “Advanced Placement” section of the Academic Catalog for the complete College policy regarding Advanced Placement.)
  • If you are transferring from another college to Greensboro College with a grade point average of 3.25 or higher, you may participate in the program by contacting the program director. If you have missed the First-Year Honors Sequence, we will ask that you demonstrate writing proficiency.

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.

Honors Thesis Information

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:

  • Does the project fit with your major?
  • Is it going to show that you have done some in-depth study?
  • Is it going to be extraordinary, meaning above and beyond the requirements for graduation in your major?

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.

Credit, Deadlines, and Grades

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.

Program Requirements

Requirements for Graduation with an Honors Degree include:

  • Academic Excellence

    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.

  • 28 hours of honors coursework

    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.

  • 20 hours of the Second-Year Honors Sequence

    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.

Minor in Humanities

Successful completion of the 28-hour Honors sequence constitutes a minor in Humanities.

Student Honors Committee

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.

Center Faculty & Staff

Polly C. Anton
Program Assistant
336-272-7102 x 5632

Neill M. Clegg, Jr.
Director, Instrumental Studies
Assc Prof, Music
336-272-7102 x 5288

Brittany M. Søndberg
Center Director
Chair, Art
Assc Prof
336-272-7102 ext. 5312