The Joyce and Truman Hobbs Honors Program
If you delight in the exploration of knowledge; if you enjoy finding the connections among academic disciplines; if you respond to challenge and revel in serious reflection about ideas, we encourage you to explore the opportunities offered through Huntingdon's Joyce and Truman Hobbs Honors Program. Huntingdon offers three Honors options for motivated students who seek additional depth in the academic experience:
- The Honors Core, of which students may complete all or part of the required course work
- The Honors Program
- Departmental Honors within the academic department of study for upper-level students
Students who have earned a minimum 24 on the ACT composite score and a minimum grade point average during high school course work may register for Honors Core classes during the first year of attendance. Students may then complete all or part of the Honors Core only, or may choose to apply for admission to the Honors Program beginning their second year of attendance (or second semester of attendance, if qualifications are met).
The Honors Core requires completion of 18 hours of Honors-designated core classes with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5. To continue in Honors courses, students must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in these courses and must maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the College Catalog at all times during the program. Students may petition the Honors Steering Committee for re-entrance if their participation in the program is interrupted because of failure to maintain satisfactory academic progress. Students who complete the Honors Core will earn Honors Core recognition on their academic transcripts at graduation.
Students who meet the following criteria may apply for entry into the formal Honors Program:
- Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 at the end of the second semester
- Successful completion of at least one honors course during the first two semesters of attendance, with a B average in honors courses completed.
- No academic integrity violations.
- Completion of the application process, including short essays.
- Completion of the Honors Core
- Cumulative grade point average of 3.5
- Minimum 3.0 in Honors-designated core courses
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress, as for Honors Core classes above
- Successful completion of six (6) hours of foreign language
- Completion of an academic minor outside one's discipline or twelve (12) hours of Interdisciplinary Seminars
Benefits and Recognitions
Honors Program students will receive priority for registration; may enroll in up to 21 credit hours per semester at no additional cost; will have specialized opportunities for service learning and community outreach; will enjoy specialized co-curricular programs including films, social events, and meetings with visiting scholars, lecturers, or artists; and will receive recognition at graduation.