Students typically take one honors course during each of their eight semesters at Susquehanna. They must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 to remain in the program. Candidates who successfully complete the program requirements graduate with university honors.
Students participating in the Honors Program must maintain an overall grade point average of 3.4 during each semester at Susquehanna. If a student earns any grade below a C- in any honors-designated course, the student, at the discretion of the director, may be removed automatically from the Honors Program. The director of the program reviews students' GPAs at the end of each semester. If an honors student’s GPA falls below the 3.4 level, the student receives a warning letter from the director of the program. After a second semester below a 3.4 level GPA, the student is dismissed from the program. Copies of the warning and dismissal will be on file with the registrar and the student’s adviser.
Thought focuses on ideas and their expression while Thought and Civilization is an interdisciplinary look at literature and cultures.
Students select either Thought and the Social Sciences or Thought and the Natural Sciences, which are cross-disciplinary views of these two areas. Each of these courses substitutes for a Central Curriculum requirement.
Sophomore honors students also write and present a research-supported essay investigating topics of their choice. This experience offers students an opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty early in their undergraduate careers.
Junior and Senior Years
As juniors and seniors, students select eight semester hours from a series of 300-level interdisciplinary honors seminars that fulfill the university’s Central Curriculum requirements or that serve as especially interesting and challenging electives. Seniors engage in a capstone seminar, and each conducts an independent research project.