Honors ProgramOverview. Recognized as a model for similar programs throughout the country, the Honors Program at Susquehanna offers a challenging curriculum to students interested in a more self-directed and interdisciplinary approach at the undergraduate level. The program is especially well suited to the aggressively curious, active learner who values breadth of study and multiple perspectives. In addition to their home campus commitments, Honors students and faculty are involved in special events and conferences sponsored by the National Collegiate Honors Council.
Students from all majors may participate in the Honors Program. Approximately ten percent of each entering class is invited to join. The curriculum is comprised of a sequence of special courses and projects throughout all four undergraduate years. Discussion groups, lectures, off-campus visits and residential programs complement Honors Program courses.
The university's Scholars' House, a comfortable residence for students involved in academically challenging projects, serves as the center of many Honors Program activities including administrative meetings, classes, social events, and "fireside chats."
Curriculum. 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. The co-directors of the program review students’ GPAs at the end of each semester. If an Honors student’s GPA falls below the 3.4 level, the student will receive a temporary suspension from the Honors Program. This suspension stays in effect until he/she meets personally with an Honors Program co-director and discusses his/her current status in the program. Copies of the temporary suspension will be on file with the Registrar and the student’s advisor.
During the first year, Thought focuses on ideas and their expression while Thought and Civilization is an interdisciplinary look at literature and cultures. In their sophomore year, 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 requirement in the general Core curriculum. 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.
As juniors and seniors, students select eight semester hours from a series of 300-level interdisciplinary Honors seminars that fulfill the university’s Core requirements or that serve as especially interesting and challenging electives. Seniors engage in a capstone seminar, and each conducts an independent research project.