General Graduation Requirements

All honors students must graduate with a minimum GPA of 3.5 and complete 12 hours of Honors coursework, including an Honors Colloquium, in order to graduate as past of the Honors Program. Students who graduate as part of the Honors Program will be recognized as Honors Program Graduates at graduation, with a medallion, and with the Honors Program seal on their diploma.

Students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 to remain part of the Honors Program. If an Honors student's GPA drops below 3.0, they will be placed on academic probation from the Honors Program for one semester and risk removal from the program if they fail to improve their GPA.

Honors Courses

Each semester at least three Honors sections of core classes are offered. These classes are not designed as “harder” versions of regular courses; the goal is not to simply heap more work on students in Honors sections. Rather, they are intended to provide students with greater opportunities to engage with the course subject, with their professor, and with one another. Students may not self-register for Honors sections. They must contact the Honors Program Coordinator for approval, and upon approval the Coordinator will enroll them in the desired Honors section.

At least one Honors Colloquium will be offered each semester. Honors Colloquium courses are “capstone classes” of the Honors Program, and all Honors Program students are required to complete at least one in order to graduate as part of the Honors Program.

Current Honors Courses

Embedded Courses

Students who have been admitted into the Honors Program have the option to earn Honors credit for courses that are not offered as Honors sections by "embedding" it. A student must create a “contract" with a tenure-track professor teaching a class for which a student wishes to receive Honors credit. The contract would involve additional work on the part of the student, which might mean completing an extra research assignment, a more complex scientific or mathematical or artistic exploration, a more challenging and complex version of an assignment already on the syllabus, class presentations, a service-learning requirement, or some combination of these. The goal is not to overload the student and instructor with add-ons, but to provide an Honors-level quality of experience for the “embedded” student in the class. A student who fulfills the terms of a contract will receive Honors credit for that class. Any course can be “embedded” for Honors credit with the approval of the instructor. Contracts must be completed and approved by the Honors Program Coordinator within two weeks of the beginning of the class.

Students may embed a maximum of 6 hours of Honors credit to complete the 12-hour requirement. Students may fulfill the requirement by taking 12 credit hours of Honors sections, or by embedding up to 6 credit hours of courses and taking 6 credit hours of Honors sections. Students in baccalaureate programs at Gordon State College may appeal to the Honors Coordinator to embed 9 hours of Honors credit, but all students must complete an Honors Colloquium.

The embedded course contract form can be downloaded here.

Baccalaureate Requirements

In order to complete the Honors Program at Gordon State College with a baccalaureate degree, students must fulfill requirements in the areas of service and scholarship.


The student must devote a minumum of 20 hours of service during their membership in the Honors Program to either the College, to the Honors Program, or to the community. This may include (but is not limited to):


The scholarship requirement may be fulfilled by acquiring a faculty sponsor, writing a research paper, and either:

Students can also write a senior thesis and submit it to a thesis committee in their discipline for approval.

Consult your Academic Catalog for the official requirements.