Undergraduate Catalog

Honors Program

Overview

Web: Honors Program

College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Jennifer Nelson, Director

Jordan Student Academic Center, Room 1233

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 and to develop confidence and the whole-person skills needed for professional success.

Honors students have succeeded in dramatic fashion, with University Honors graduates admitted to the graduate school of their top choice for either master's, doctoral, or J.D. programs and often with sizable scholarships/fellowships. Their schools range from The George Washington University's Department of Political Science, the University of Rochester's Department of History, Educational Neuroscience at Gallaudet University, and George Mason University's Public History (Museum Studies) program to the Pacific School of Religion (Social Transformation program), Yale Divinity School, the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, the University of Maryland School of Library Science, the University of Virginia School of Law, the Columbia University School of Social Work, and Texas A&M (Statistics), University of Texas, Austin (Accounting), and The College of William and Mary (American Studies).

We seek out students who are driven to succeed academically and professionally and who commit to personal and social transformation leading to a global society of inclusive diversity. To these ends, students may apply for opportunities for funding for academic development and may join in leadership or service activities both on and off campus including presentations at conferences. Students who are accepted into the Honors Program are eligible for one of the top two merit scholarships, President's Honors and President's Distinguished Honors.

Additional details are available on the Honors Program website.

Mission

The Gallaudet University Honors Program provides advanced teaching and mentoring to a diverse group of motivated and capable students. Our program integrates in-depth academic preparation, individualized academic offerings, and professionalism. Each student in Honors is a part of a larger community of scholars seeking continual improvement. In that spirit, our program cultivates personal and systemic transformation contributing to a diverse national and global society. Students who complete the University Honors Capstone demonstrate they are best prepared for a complex and changing world. University Honors graduates possess the advanced skills, knowledge, and integrity conducive to life-long learning, creativity, and civic-minded service.

Honors Requirements

Good Standing

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.

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.

A Two-Tier University Honors Program

Tier One: General Studies Honors

General Studies Honors requires completion of all GSR requirements except GSR 102 and GSR 150 if GSR 175H is taken in place of GSR 102H and GSR 150 and if conditions are met to waive GSR 102H and GSR 150) for a total of 33 credits. Of these 33 GSR credits, 18 must be Honors credits.

Students are automatically waived from GSR 102H and GSR 150 if they enroll in GSR 175H and earn a B or better in GSR 101H and 175H. Students who are waived from GSR 102 because of AP exams (a score of 3 for regular credit, and scores of 4 or 5 for H credit); early college credit or dual enrollment in high school and college; or regular college to college transfer credit will waive GSR 150 if they enroll in GSR 175H and earn a B or better in GSR 101H and GSR 175H.

Students who do not receive a B or better in GSR 101H and GSR 175H will need to take either GSR 102 or GSR 150 with an Honors contract before moving onto GSR 200 level Honors sections. The Honors Program Director may make waivers of this requirement if a student is in good standing in Honors (GPA 3.2 or higher) on a case-by-case basis.

To earn General Studies Honors, students must complete all of the following with a grade of B or better:

  • GSR 101H (3) and GSR 175H (3)
  • GSR 200H level course (4) to be taken typically the second semester of the first year
  • 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
  • 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 with waived GSR courses may complete General Studies Honors in one of two ways:

  1. If 101H was taken the first semester but not GSR 175H, and the student is in good standing in Honors, then the student must take in this order:
    • Three 200 level courses (with options as above)
    • GSR 300 (with options as above)

    Total: 19 credits

  2. If neither GSR 101H nor 175H were taken the first semester, and the student is in good standing in Honors, the student must take in this order:
    • Four 200 level course later (same options as above)
    • 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 (15 credits)

GSR 103ASL Composition

3

GSR 104Quantitative Reasoning

3

GSR 110Career Development

1

Two GSR 200 level-non-Honors

8

Honors Minimum Requirements (18 credits)

GSR 101HHonors First Year Seminar

3

GSR 175HHonors Critical Reading, Writing, & Integrated Learning

3

GSR 200H

Second GSR

4

GSR 300General Studies Capstone

4

Total Credit Hours:33

GSR 175H: B or better

Second GSR and GSR 300: H section or contract

Two Modified Honors Components for transfer students or those entering Honors after the first semester:

II. Without GSR 175H:

Regular General Studies Requirements completed or waived (13 credits)
GSR 102Critical Reading and Writing

3

GSR 103ASL Composition

3

GSR 104Quantitative Reasoning

3

One GSR 200 level—non-Honors

4

Honors Component Requirements (19 credits)
GSR 101HHonors First Year Seminar

3

Three GSR 200 H courses

12

GSR 300General Studies Capstone

4

Total Credit Hours:32

Three GSR 200 H courses and GSR 300: H section or contracts

II. Without GSR 101H and GSR 175H:

Regular General Studies Requirements completed or waived (16 credits)
GSR 101First Year Seminar

3

GSR 102Critical Reading and Writing

3

GSR 103ASL Composition

3

GSR 104Quantitative Reasoning

3

One GSR 200 level—non-Honors

4

Honors Component Requirements
Four GSR 200 H courses

16

GSR 300General Studies Capstone

4

Total Credit Hours:36

Four GSR 200 H courses and GSR 300: H section or contracts

Tier Two: University Honors

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, 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 have "University Honors" noted on their transcripts and a gold seal placed on their diplomas.