Web: Honors Program
College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Shirley Shultz Myers, Director
Jordan Student Academic Center, Room 1231
The Honors Program provides students with opportunities to advance their education through challenge, innovation, and community. Honors is ideal for students wishing to maximize their competitiveness for top-tier graduate programs or employers while at Gallaudet University. Honors students have succeeded in dramatic fashion, with all of our Capstone alumni admitted to the graduate school of their top choice. Their schools range from Georgetown University, to The George Washington University, to the University of Iowa, and to Sotheby's Institute of Art in London.
We seek out students who are driven to succeed academically and professionally--and who have a history of academic accomplishment. Students earn an enhanced experience in Honors by working with top-notch scholars, engaging in an on-going manner with fellow intellectuals, and having numerous opportunities for funding for academic development. Students not only complete a more rigorous course of training for graduate and the professional world, but students also have opportunities to attend and present at Honors conferences and the professional conferences of their discipline. Students who are accepted to the Honors Program and meet the minimum requirements for a given scholarship will receive an enhanced scholarship offer if funds are still available.
The Gallaudet University Honors Program is a learning community of students, faculty and staff focused on fostering the success of the most academically capable and motivated students. In keeping with the national mission of honors programs and with trends in higher education, the Honors Program integrates in-depth, rigorous, and innovative curricular offerings with dynamic co-curricular offerings. These innovations may be replicated for all students. University Honors graduates possess the solid skills, knowledge, disposition, and values conducive to life long learning and advancement in their professional lives. Additional details are available on the Honors Program website.
The Gallaudet Honors Program is a learning community for the most academically capable and motivated students. The overall goal is to foster skills, work habits, and attitudes conducive to future achievement and lifelong learning. To this end, the program focuses on rigorous, challenging, and innovative interdisciplinary curricular offerings as well as connections between curricular and co-curricular activities such as service learning and civic life. The successes of the program's innovations may be replicated for all students. Students are considered in good standing in the Honors Program if they have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or greater or a semester GPA of 3.2 or greater for those returning to good standing.
All active students pay a yearly program fee of $100 to cover curricular, co-curricular and honors community events and honors hosted extra-curricular activities, such as Honors new student orientation, capstone or other research expenses, field trips, film and book discussions, guest lectures on or off campus, honors graduation activities, social events, and more.
Students in good standing have active status. New students also are considered active during their first semester although they do not have a GPA yet. Students who are on probation for one semester because their cumulative GPA has fallen below 3.2 are still considered to have active status for this purpose. The Honors Director may waive this fee in some situations.
A Two-Tier University Honors Program
Tier One: General Studies Honors
General Studies Honors requires completion of all GSR courses except for GSR 150 (if conditions are met to waive GSR 150) for a total of 33 credits. Of these 33 GSR credits, 18 must be Honors credits.
Students are waived from GSR 150 if they earn a B or better in GSR 101H and 102H. Transfer students may receive permission to waive GSR 150 without completing GSR 102H, if they are in good standing in Honors (GPA 3.2 or higher) at the end of their first semester and receive permission from the Honors Program Director.
To earn General Studies Honors, students must complete all of the following with a grade of B or better:
- GSR 101H (3) and GSR 102H (3)
- GSR 200H level course with City as Text, to be taken the first year, in place of GSR 150 (4)
- A minimum of one other GSR 200 level course (4) with Honors credit which may be earned via:
•an Honors section of a regular GSR course
•an individual/small group Honors Option contract in a regular GSR 200 level class
•a second 200H City-as-Text course with a different 200 number from the first one
- GSR 300 with special Honors section or individual/small group Honors Option contracts (4)
Total: 18 Honors credits
Those entering Honors after the first semester or first semester transfer students may complete General Studies Honors in one of two alternative ways, resulting in a small increase in the overall total because of the greater number of 4 credit courses required:
I. If 101H was taken the first semester but not GSR 102H, and the student is in good standing in Honors, then the student must take in this order:
- A regular GSR 150 section with an Honors Option contract OR, with the Honors Program Director permission, a 200 level City-as-Text course (normally in the second semester)
- Two more 200 level courses (with options as above)
- GSR 300 (with options as above)
Total: 19 credits
II. If neither GSR 101H nor 102H were taken the first semester, and the student is in good standing in Honors, the student must take in this order:
- A regular GSR 150 with a contract (normally the first or second semester)
- A 200-level with City-as-Text as the first 200-level course (normally in the second or third semester)
- Two more 200 level course later (same options as above)-for a total of three 200 level Honors courses.
- GSR 300 (with options as above)
Total: 20 credits
Note: Those completing any of the three versions of these requirements above will have "General Studies Honors" noted on their transcripts.
Requirements for General Studies Honors
Regular General Studies Requirements
Honors Minimum Requirements
GSR 103 and GSR 104 = 6 credits
GSR 101H and GSR 102H: B or better = 6 credits
GSR 110 = 1 credit
GSR 200H with City-as-Text = 4 credits
Two GSR 200 level-non-Honors = 8 credits
Second GSR (H section, H section with City-as-Text, or contract) = 4 credits
GSR 300 (H section or contract) = 4 credits
Total: 15 regular credits + Total: 18 H credits
Total GSRs: 33 credits
Tier Two: University Honors
To graduate with University Honors, students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 and a grade of B or better in the following courses:
■Three upper-level Honors courses (9 credits) chosen from either upper-level interdisciplinary seminars, Honors Options in major courses, cross-listed graduate courses, Consortium courses, or independent study courses.
■HON 487 (3 credits) (during spring of junior year)
■HON 488 (1 credit) (during fall of senior year)
■HON 489 (2 credits) (during spring of senior year) Total: 15 credits
Note: Students graduating with University Honors will also be expected to give a presentation to the campus community on their Capstone project. Those students who have met the requirements will also have "University Capstone Honors" noted on their transcripts.
HON 195 - Special Topics (1-5)
Special topics in the discipline, designed primarily for freshmen. Students may enroll in 195 Special Topics multiple times, as long as the topics differ.
HON 295 - Special Topics (1-5)
Special topics in the discipline, designed primarily for sophomores. Students may enroll in 295 Special Topics multiple times, as long as the topics differ.
HON 300 - Honors Multidisciplinary Seminar (2-3)
A multidisciplinary study of a given topic. A variety of academic disciplines and/or professions contribute to an examination of a single but complex topic in order to gain a broader perspective than is possible through the lens of one discipline. Although one professor will coordinate the course, there will be frequent guest lecturers from other disciplines or specialities and field trips where appropriate. Topics vary each semester.
- Prerequisite: Permission of the Honors Director. Additional prerequisites may be required for given topics.
HON 395 - Special Topics (1-5)
Special topics in the discipline, designed primarily for juniors. Students may enroll in 395 Special Topics multiple times, as long as the topics differ.
HON 487 - Preparation for Senior Honors Project (3)
Intensive development of an approved idea for a project conducted under the supervision of a project director. While the prime example of a project is a thesis, other projects include a creative work, technical innovation, or other work of originality, depth, and rigor that prepares the student for graduate or professional work. Successful completion of the course requires submission of a project proposal acceptable to the project director, a second advisor, and the Honors Council. May count toward requirements for the major with permission of the department.
- Prerequisites: Good standing in the Honors Program, junior/senior status, and permission of the Honors Director.
HON 488 - Honors Capstone Seminar Project (1)
This course includes two components: (1) continued progress on the capstone project and (2) exploration of and preparation for graduate study or professional success. For the capstone project work approved in HON 487, modification of the project may be made with the consent of the project director, a second advisor, the Capstone Coordinator, and the Honors Council. Successful completion of the course requires approval by the project director, a second advisor, the Capstone Coordinator, and the Honors Council. For graduate study, preparation for graduate applications and admissions, including but not limited to, review of skills needed for the GRE and similar gateway tests. Exploration of possible career paths and required skills is included.
- Prerequisites: Good standing in the Honors Program, senior status, successful completion of HON 487, and permission of the Honor Director.
HON 489 - Honors Capstone Completion Course (2)
Completion of project proposed in HON 487. Modification of the project may be made with the consent of the project director, a second advisor, the Capstone Coordinator, and the Honors Council. Successful completion of the course requires approval by the Honors Council, the project director, and a second advisor, the Capstone Coordinator, and the Honors Council. May count toward requirements for the major with permission of the department.
- Prerequisites: Good standing in the Honors Program, senior status, successful completion of HON 487 and HON 488, and permission of the Honors Director.
HON 495 - Special Topics (1-5)
Special topics in the discipline, designed primarily for seniors who are majors or minors. Students may enroll in 495 Special Topics multiple times, as long as the topics differ.
- Prerequisites: Permission of the Honors Director. Additional prerequisites may be required for given topics.
HON 499 - Independent Study (1-3)
Intensive supervised study and research on topics of the student's selection.
- Prerequisites: Permission of the Honors Director. Additional prerequisites may be required for given topics