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Students must pass each reading seminar. In addition, students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA to remain active in the program. Students with a lower GPA may continue in the program for one semester on probation at the discretion of the Co-directors. Students dismissed from the program may appeal in writing to the Honors Program Advisory Board.
Honors Program hours count toward graduation. The reading seminars may be taken in any order; however, HON 301 is best left for the 4th or 5th semester as it requires students to make comparisons with texts from the other seminars. Students who successfully complete the five reading seminars receive 3 credit hours to be applied in Humanities and 3 credit hours to be applied in the Social Sciences. Credits used for Religion (Humanities) are not considered Hebrew-Christian tradition (see Religion core requirements). Students who successfully complete one reading seminar are exempt from the IDS Reading Circle requirement. In summary, students who successfully complete the 5 reading seminars replace 7 semester hours core credit with the reading seminars, so Honors Program students take only 3 semester hours more than other students. Students who successfully complete the 5 reading seminars and maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA are recognized as Honors Reading Seminars Graduates. Recognition as Honors Program Graduates also requires successful completion of the Honors Project. Additional opportunities include study abroad (as appropriate), early pre-registration, club events, a small seminar environment, and attention to reading strategies.
Grading in Honors Program Courses