2014-2015 Catalog > Undergraduate Studies > Undergraduate Departments and Programs of Study > Honors Program
The Hood College Honors Program is a four-year program of coursework, co-curricular events and extracurricular activities. Academically exceptional first-year students and transfer students are encouraged to apply to the program. Honors courses, which are designed to cultivate students’ ability to examine our complex world, are interdisciplinary in approach and are often team-taught. Classes are small, discussion-oriented and enhanced by guest speakers and field trips.
6 credits of Honors coursework during first year.
6 credits of Honors coursework during sophomore year.
9 additional credits of Honors coursework during sophomore, junior and senior years.
1 104-level foreign language course (or exemption).
First-year students in the Honors Program take two Colloquium courses organized around interdisciplinary themes. In the first semester the course emphasizes the humanities and social sciences. The second semester explores a theme related to the natural sciences.
The sophomore year in Honors helps students to explore the nature of knowledge, cultural differences and the individual’s place in society. During the second semester (HON 202) students combine scholarly research with experiential learning.
By invitation, selected Hood students may begin the program at the sophomore level. These students are exempt.
Students in the Honors program will complete at least nine credits at the 300-level or above, to include at least one HON 470, Seminar in Honors which may be repeated once under a different topic. Students who study abroad for at least one semester may count that experience as one of their honors electives. Students who complete a two-semester departmental honors paper (499) may count that as one of their Honors electives. Honors students may begin taking their electives in the sophomore year. Because Honors electives are offered on an irregular schedule, students who are especially interested in a particular elective are urged to take it the first time it is offered during their eligible years.
As an alternative to a departmental honors thesis, students in Hood’s Honors Program may elect to complete a 3-credit interdisciplinary paper or project during the fall or spring semester of the senior year.
First-year students and sophomores may apply up to 3 Honors courses toward the seven classes required in the Methods of Inquiry section of the Core Curriculum. (No Honors credit may be applied to the laboratory science requirement.)
All students in the Honors Program must meet the 104-level foreign language course requirement. Students for whom English is a second language should consult with the Honors director to determine possible exemption from this requirement.
The Honors Program welcomes qualified transfer students. Those who have successfully completed two years of an honors program at another college before they transfer to Hood may apply to the Hood College Honors Program at the junior level without having to complete the first-year and sophomore Honors courses at Hood. In order to complete the program, such students must take a minimum of 9 credits in Honors Program courses at the 300-level or above, to include at least one HON 470, Seminar in Honors which may be repeated once under a different topic.
Students who transfer to Hood in their sophomore year, or students who transfer in their junior year without having completed two years of an honors program at another college, may also apply to the Honors Program. They must take a minimum of 14 credits in Honors Program courses (usually HON 201, HON 202, and at least 9 credits of 300-level or above courses, to include HON 470, which may be repeated once under a different topic). Sophomore transfers who complete HON 201 and HON 202 may exempt two courses from the Methods of Inquiry section of the Core (not a lab science).
Transfer students should be aware of the Honors Program foreign language requirement (see above).
To graduate from the Honors Program, students must maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.25. A grade of “C-” or better is required in each Honors course being used to satisfy the Program requirements. In meeting the Honors Program requirements, students will earn Honors Program recognition on their academic records.
Through an integration of the liberal arts and the professions, Hood College provides an education that empowers students to use their hearts, minds and hands to meet personal, professional and global challenges and to lead purposeful lives of responsibility, leadership, service and civic engagement.
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