Named in honor of Joyce and Truman Hobbs

“From everyone to whom much has been given, much shall be required”  — Luke 12.48

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; if you want to discover how to use your gifts in vital service to others, we encourage you to explore the opportunities offered through Huntingdon’s Joyce and Truman Hobbs Honors Program.

Named for two of Montgomery’s most distinguished citizens, the late Judge Truman Hobbs and the late Mrs. Joyce Hobbs, Huntingdon’s unique honors curriculum asks students not only to seek high personal academic achievement, but also to ask how such achievement might serve the world in which they live.


The Joyce and Truman Hobbs Honors Program at Huntingdon College encourages students to embrace the social nature of knowledge through enriched classroom experiences and challenging civic service. Asked to commit to the high ideals of “faith, wisdom, and service,” Honors students will better understand their responsibility to humankind in Montgomery and around the world.


Admission to the Honors Program requires an application that demonstrates a clear and strong record of academic success, with a minimum high school GPA of 3.75 or minimum composite ACT score of 25. It is not possible to join the Honors Program after matriculation.

Applicants selected for the Joyce and Truman Hobbs Honors Program will be notified on a rolling basis.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the director of the Honors Program, Dr. Tom Perrin.

Program Completion Requirements

  • Honors-Designated Hours Requirement:
    • Completion of eighteen (18) semester credit hours of Honors-Designated core courses, including at least one Honors-Designated course in Biology (BIOL), Chemistry (CHEM), Mathematics (MATH), or Physics (PHYS).
  • Coursework beyond Honors-Designated Hours Requirement:
    • Completion of twelve (12) semester credit hours of 300- or 400-level courses outside of one’s academic program (that is, courses that are not required for completion of the General Education Core Curriculum and are not eligible to count toward one’s major), which must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher.
      • Successful completion of two majors or an external minor (one that entails at least twelve semester credit hours not eligible to count toward the student’s major) fulfills this requirement.
      • Successful completion of a Secondary Education Educator Preparation program, the Biochemistry Pre-Health major, or the Cell Biology Pre-Health major fulfills this requirement.
      • Students whose required program of study (courses required for completion of the General Education Core Curriculum and the major) exceeds 108 semester credit hours may petition to have this requirement reduced to the number of hours remaining for degree completion.
  • Honors Colloquia Requirement:
    • Required attendance at three honors colloquia (or approved substitutes) per year.
  • Community Service Requirement:
    • Forty (40) hours of voluntary community service across the student’s time at Huntingdon.
  • Grade Point Average Requirements: Program completion Grade Point Average (GPA) requirements:
    • Minimum of a 3.5 cumulative GPA;
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA in general education core courses used to satisfy requirement number 1 listed above with a grade of “C” or higher in each course
    • In order to keep all honors students apprised of their progress towards completion of the Honors Program, Honors status will be evaluated at the end of each academic year and communicated to Honors students via email by May 31st.

Available options for Honors Core Classes


*At least one of these classes must be taken to fulfill your Math/Science requirement for Honors.

BIOL101H Honors Principles of Biology
CHEM105 General Chemistry I
MATH255 Calculus I
PHYS151H Honors Introduction to Physics
PHYS251 General Physics I


ENGL105H Honors Introduction to College Writing
ENGL106H Honors Writing Across the Disciplines
ENGL 203 Critical Perspectives in English


RLGN101H Honors Interpreting the Old Testament
RLGN102H Honors Interpreting the New Testament
RLGN309 The Prophets (Hebrew Scriptures)
RLGN313 Wisdom & Poetic Lit (Hebrew Scriptures)
RLGN315 Race and the Old Testament
RLGN323 Paul and His Letters (NT Scriptures)
RLGN325 General Epistles


Additional Honors Courses
CMST201H Honors Introduction to Communication
HIST111H Honors World Civilizations I
HIST112H Honors World Civilizations II
MUSC240 Introduction to Music History and Literature
PSCI209H Honors World Politics
SSPE332 Sociology of Sport

*The 300-level RLGN courses and SSPE332 may be used EITHER to fulfill requirement #1 (18 hours of Honors courses) OR requirement #2 (12 hours of courses a the 300 level or above outside one’s program) but not both.
**Many of our Honors program students have taken advantage of dual enrollment, AP courses, and other opportunities prior to their time at Huntingdon College. Please be aware of the following policies for counting credit earned elsewhere towards Honors:

  • AP credit may not count towards the Honors Core requirement.
  • Courses transferred in from a previous institution do not transfer in with an H designation (i.e. BIOL101H, HIST111H, etc.) and therefore cannot count as Honors courses.
  • The following courses, which meet Honors requirements without having an H designation, may be counted towards the Honors Core if they transfer in with a grade: CHEM105, ENGL203, MATH255, SSPE332, and the 300-level Bible courses listed above.
  • Students with extensive AP and transfer credit for Core courses may be eligible to reduce the 18 hours requirement; their advisors should contact the Director of the Joyce and Truman Hobbs Honor Program for details.

Why Join the Honors Program?

As an Honors student, you will be a part of special learning community. Your fellow Honors students will encourage, challenge, and support you; your Honors professors will inspire and engage you; special Honors events will refresh you; and your Honors program directors—Tom Perrin—will cheer you and encourage you along the way. Your work will be recognized with an Honors designation on your degree at graduation.


Interested students should contact the Honors Program director, Dr. Tom Perrin.

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