Jul 18, 2024  
2024-2025 Academic Catalog 
    
2024-2025 Academic Catalog

Honors College


Dean: Dana Steil, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean: James Miller, Ph.D.

Senior Faculty Fellow
    Jaime Murphy, Ph.D.

Faculty Fellows
   Tessa Davidson, M.F.A.
   David Donley, Ph.D.
   Russell Keck, Ph.D.
   Mac Sandlin, Ph.D.
   Anessa Westbrook, Th.D.
   Nathaniel Wiewora, Ph.D.

The Honors College seeks to cultivate opportunities for highly motivated students to grow in leadership, service and academic excellence through shared experiences that are informed by faith and focus on the development of the whole person. The college is committed to building a stimulating undergraduate experience that enhances the academic profile of students as they pursue opportunities after Harding.

ELIGIBILITY AND ENROLLMENT

The Honors College enrolls around 100 students each academic year. Approximately 40 of these students include National Merit Finalists and Semifinalists, and those selected for the Trustee Scholarship. These students are enrolled in the fall semester of their first year.

Students who are not included in one of the aforementioned groups of incoming new students may apply to the Honors College at midterm of their first fall semester, or any subsequent semester, if they have earned a 3.25 GPA at midterm of the semester in which they apply. The Honors College accepts approximately 60 students each year in addition to the 40 who enrolled as National Merit and Trustee Scholars in the fall semester.

To maintain their enrollment in the Honors College and retain scholarships related to their status as National Merit or Trustee Scholars, honors students must:

  • maintain a 3.25 GPA
  • complete the required curriculum before their final year
  • participate regularly in Honors College events and activities
  • engage in leadership and service activities on campus and beyond

CURRICULUM

Required for all students in their first semester of Honors College enrollment

Required for incoming National Merit and Trustee Scholars in their first semester of Honors College enrollment

Choose at least three courses before the final year

LEVELS OF HONORS COLLEGE RECOGNITION AT GRADUATION

Honors students are encouraged to pursue Honors College recognition at graduation. There are two levels of recognition:

  1. Honors College Graduates with Distinction. Honors Students can graduate from the Honors College with Distinction by maintaining a 3.5 GPA and completing 26 hours of honors credits from the curriculum described below. Students must earn an A or B in honors courses to be counted toward the graduation recognition requirements. Honors courses completed prior to the first semester of full-time enrollment do not apply toward honors graduation recognition requirements.

    Honors College Graduates with Distinction will be noted in a separate listing in the commencement program with the Honors capstone project or thesis title. The official university transcript and diploma will indicate they have achieved this honor. Students will be awarded an engraved medallion at the Honors College Medallion Ceremony. 

Required 

Choose at least one course

Choose at least two courses 

  1. Honors College Graduates. Honors Students can graduate from the Honors College by maintaining a 3.25 GPA and completing 20 hours of honors credits from the curriculum described below. Students must earn an A or B in honors courses to be counted toward the graduation recognition requirements. Honors courses completed prior to the first semester of full-time enrollment do not apply toward honors graduation recognition requirements.

    Honors College Graduates will be included in a separate listing in the commencement program. The official university transcript and diploma will indicate they have achieved this honor.

Required

Choose at least two courses 

For more information contact Honors College, Box 10782, Harding University, Searcy, AR 72149, call 501-279-4056, or email honors@harding.edu.

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