Southern Polytechnic State University

Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2012-2013

The University Honors Program

The University Honors Program of Southern Polytechnic State builds upon the university's excellent reputation for providing both theoretical and applied approaches to learning. Honor students are given the opportunity to develop their talents and skills in an expanded and enriched curriculum featuring seminar-size classes and independent research opportunities.

Admissions

All prospective Honors students must apply to the Honors Program. Incoming freshmen who have at least a 1200 SAT score or ACT equivalent and at least a 3.5 high school GPA will be guaranteed automatic admission to the Honors Program. Transfer students who have earned a 3.5 GPA for college-level coursework over 30 hours of credit also will be guaranteed automatic admission. Students who do not strictly meet these guidelines, but who have other achievements that show promise of academic excellence are encouraged to apply. Students may download an application from the web site www.spsu.edu/honors/. All prospective Honors students must apply to the Honors Program. Incoming freshmen who have at least a 1200 SAT score or ACT equivalent and at least a 3.5 high school GPA will be guaranteed automatic admission to the Honors Program. Students who do not strictly meet these guidelines, but who have other achievements that show promise of academic excellence are encouraged to apply. Students may download an application from the web site www.spsu.edu/honors/.

Advantages

While the main advantage of participation in the Honors Program is the intellectual rigor of the curriculum, there are other advantages as well:

  • Eligibility for Honors scholarships or out-of state tuition waivers as appropriate
  • Special Orientation Programs
  • Priority Registration
  • Honors course designation on student transcripts
  • Honors advising
  • Social and extracurricular opportunities
  • Recognition upon graduation: in the commencement program, on the diploma, and with an honorary symbol as part of the graduation regalia.

Program Guidelines

To earn the University Honors Scholar Diploma at Southern Polytechnic State University, students must complete 18 credit hours of Honors course-work and at least 6 of those hours must be upper division course-work. To earn the Departmental Honors Scholar Diploma, students must complete 6 hours of enriched upper division course-work or directed study.

The Honors Program offers several different types of honors courses so that students can meet the requirements.

Honors Core Courses

Honors Interdisciplinary Seminars

Honors Research Assistant and Independent Study Opportunities.

Students must have a minimum graduation GPA of 3.4. All students must complete an Honors Paper to be bound and placed in the library. An Honors Presentation of this paper is also required.

Probation and Dismissal

Students that fall below the required GPA are placed on probation for one semester. A student on probation whose GPA does not meet the requirements at the end of their next enrolled semester will be dismissed from the honors program Students who commit acts of academic dishonesty may also be dismissed from the program.

Additional Information

For additional information contact the University Honors Program at 678-915-3931 or email us at honors@spsu.edu. You can also visit our website at honors.spsu.edu.