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  Sep 23, 2023
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
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2022-2023 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Requirements for Honors College Engagement

The Honors College cultivates 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. 

All honors students are required to remain engaged in the Honors College during their time as undergraduate students. To demonstrate such engagement, students must earn at least one unit from either the Academic or Leadership and Service areas each semester. Students who do not meet the expectation in a given semester will be placed on probation in the Honors College during the following semester. If the expectations are unmet a second time, the student will be unenrolled from the Honors College and will need to re-apply in the following semester.

Academic (1 unit each)

Leadership and Service (1 unit each)

  • Complete an honors section of a course.

  • Complete an HNRS course.

  • Complete an honors contract in conjunction with a for-credit internship.

  • Complete an honors contract in another upper-level course.

  • Complete an honors capstone or honors thesis.

  • Present scholarly or creative work at an external academic conference.

  • Present scholarly or creative work at the HU Undergraduate Research Conference.

  • Submit research to a peer-reviewed, academic publication.

  • Apply to an approved external fellowship or scholarship program.

  • Is there an activity that you want to propose as an academic unit? Please send us an email ( with your request.

  • Serve as an elected officer of any of the HU organizations listed here for at least a semester.

  • Serve as a Peer Guide for first-year Bible courses.

  • Serve as a student representative on an HU academic committee.

  • Serve as an academic tutor for a semester through the Honors College’s service program.

  • Participate in an HU spring break or summer mission effort.

  • Complete a long-term form of community engagement through the Office of Community Connection.

  • Attend at least six Honors Council meetings in an academic semester.

  • Participate in at least two leadership or service activities facilitated through the Honors Student Council in a semester.

  • Is there an activity that you want to propose as a leadership and service unit? Please send us an email ( with your request.

By the end of each semester, students will report their engagement to the Honors College.

To graduate from the Honors College, students must complete the following requirements:

Graduate Tier Hours of
Honors Credit
GPA Honors Sections/
HNRS Courses (#)
Contracts (#)
Leadership and
Service Units
Honors College Graduate 20+ 3.25+ N/A 4+ 4+ 4+ N/A
Honors College Graduate with Distinction 26+ 3.5+ 4+ 4+ 10+ 6+ Yes