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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I join the Honors Program?

  • Honors classes will challenge you and allow you to interact with other academically gifted students.  You will have the chance to think deeply about things that really matter. 
  • Honors students participate in service projects in Johnson County, learning leadership skills and developing habits of giving back to their community.
  • Honors students attend cultural events together, like ballets, plays, concerts, and art exhibits.
  • Graduating with Honors adds credibility to your graduate school applications and resumes.

What are the eligibility requirements to join the Honors Program?

  • High school GPA of 3.5 (or 3.4 college transfer GPA)
  • ACT of 24 or SAT composite score of 1050 in critical reading and math

Can I join the Honors Program as a transfer student?

  • Yes, you may.  To be eligible, transfer students must have a cumulative 3.4 GPA on all college coursework.  You must be able to complete the requirements for Honors graduation by the time of regular graduation.  If you have completed Honors coursework at another institution, often those credits can be transferred towards our Honors requirements, but these are considered on a case-by-case basis.  Please contact the Program Director for assistance in evaluating any Honors courses you wish to transfer.

Will I be able to transfer Honors courses if I transfer to another school?

  • Almost certainly.  Each college or university will decided for itself how these units will transfer.  For example, a course like HNRS 404 Science and Belief might transfer as a philosophy course or as a religion course.

What if my GPA drops below 3.4? Am I out of the program?

  • Yes, you are. You must maintain a minimum of a 3.4 GPA to enroll in Honors courses. If your GPA drops below that level, and then comes back up to 3.4 or above, you must reapply to the Honors Program before taking any Honors courses.  

Can I graduate with Honors without being in the Honors Program?

  • No. Only students in the Honors Program will graduate with the designation "Honors Graduate."

Do I have to take an Honors course every semester to be considered an Honors student?

  • No. As long as you are making acceptable progress in the program, you are considered a member of the Honors Program. Many students will find they cannot always fit an Honors course into each semester. Remember, however, you must complete all requirements for the program by graduation.

What is this year’s study tour?

  • 2018 Honors Study Tour: Music and Culture of the American South
    ​This course will focus on the history of Southern music, particularly gospel, blues, jazz, and traditional.The historical development of each genre will be illustrated by playing musical numbers.The course will discuss how Southern culture (especially African-American culture) has influenced Southern music and will highlight leading musicians from each genre (like Mahalia Jackson, B.B. King and Louis Armstrong).The ten-day travel portion of the course will include visits to Nashville, TN, Memphis, TN, New Orleans, LA, Natchez, MS and Indianola, MS.

Where have past study tours visited?

  • 2017 Honors Study Tour: American & British Writers in Italy
    • Rome, Florence, Ravena and Venice, Italy
  • 2016 Honors Study Tour: German Identity: Imperial Dream, National Nightmare
    • Berlin, Wittenberg, Leipzig, Dresden, Nuremberg and Munich, Germany