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Academic Progress

Students must continue to make significant academic progress towards their degree while maintaining a high standard of academic accomplishment.

  • Complete at least 30 semester hours each year 
  • Maintain a minimum 3.2 GPA.
  • Enroll in a minimum of 15 semester hours per Fall and Spring term unless otherwise approved

Course Requirements

In addition to making sufficient academic progress, a student must enrich their curriculum in the following ways

  • Complete enriched courses across the curriculum. These enrichments can take many forms, but often involve close work with the faculty on a project that allows for deeper exploration of topics within the course.
    • 1 in the Humanities-(English or Fine Arts)
    • 1 in the Social Sciences-(History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, Psychology,Anthropology)
    • 1 in Math/Science-(Algebra, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics)
    • And 2 courses in their major
  • Take at least four one-hour honors seminars during their time at Georgia Southwestern State University; at least two per year will be offered. These seminars are offered by the Honors Faculty on a variety of topics of interest to faculty and student.

List of recent HONS 2000 courses

Honors students are required to take four HONS 2000 (Honors Seminar) courses during their time at Georgia Southwestern. Two to four courses are offered each year and include a range of topics within the faculty’s expertise and interests. These courses are restricted to Honors students and have limited class sizes. The following is a list of courses offered since Fall 2006:

  • Science and Science Fiction
  • Ecology and History of The Okefenokee
  • Information Literacy
  • The Sex Industry in The United States
  • International Cultural Studies
  • Democratization
  • The Chemistry of Color
  • Electronic Portfolio
  • Introduction To Global Issues
  • The Vampire in Film and Literature
  • Information Literacy For Life Long Learning
  • A Cultural Awareness Project
  • Social Issues in South Park
  • Literature of The Pacific Rim
  • Information in A Web 2.0 World
  • The Philosophy of Science
  • Ancient and Modern Mythology

Residence Requirement

The University Honors Program is committed to making the campus life at GSW a rich and vibrant experience where interesting people from diverse backgrounds live and study together. Research has shown that undergraduates who live on campus have a more memorable and successful overall collegiate experience. Honors students are therefore required to live in the residence halls for at least their first two years at GSW. If an honors student lives in Sumter or a contiguous county, one may live at home, provided a signed statement from a parent or guardian confirms so; and receive $1250 per year as the honors stipend. Honors Students in their junior or senior years may choose to live off campus and receive only $1250 per year as the honors program stipend.

Service Learning

Students must participate in a service learning activity a minimum of six hours per semester for six semesters. These service learning projects are planned by the Student Honors Advisory Council. The opportunity to work together on a worthy project to help the University or greater community is offered each semester.

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