Honors Program Requirements

To Graduate with General University Honors a student must:

  • Formally apply and be accepted into the Honors Program
  • Complete HON 111, “Introduction to the Honors Program” (2 credits). This requirement applies to students who enter the program in 2017 or later. The course should be taken the semester following your induction into the program.
  • Earn twenty credit hours in honors courses. These may be earned through honors courses (usually a few are offered each semester); honors independent studies (taken with the Honors Program director or your advisor, to develop your senior honors project); or regular courses for extra honors credit. To earn honors credit for a course, you need to confer with the course instructor and Honors Program director to determine an extra assignment. At the end of the semester you will submit a separate form confirming completion of the project. 
  • Attend required meetings, join the Honors Canvas page, and submit required documentation. We will typically have one or two meetings each semester. Documentation includes verification and declaration of honors credits, and progress in the program. Some documentation will be submitted through Canvas page;
  • Maintain a minimum 3.25 GPA. If your grades fall below a 3.25 GPA for a single semester, you will be placed on probation for the Honors Program. If your semester grades fall below 3.25 for a second semester, you will be removed from the program;
  • Be a role model of academic excellence. You are expected to maintain academic integrity and to participate actively in events on and off campus, including but not limited to the Undergraduate Research Symposium. Academic dishonesty (including but not limited to plagiarism or other forms of cheating) will result in your removal from the program; and
  • Complete a senior honors project. The senior honors project should be a substantial (about 25-page), independent, interdisciplinary research project. Students typically begin this project their junior year, in consultation with their advisor and the Honors Program director. The project requires at least four credits of independent study, including HON 497 or 498.


In addition to these requirements, honors students are also expected to represent the Fisk community, serving as role models of academic excellence. Members of the honors program are strongly encouraged to pursue experiences that broaden their education, such as study abroad programs, summer internships, and research fellowships.