Honors Program

Director: Powers

Associate Director: Winans

The Faculty. Honors Program faculty, selected from many disciplines and departments, are committed to fostering a diverse and challenging intellectual community for the university.

Curriculum. Students typically take one Honors course during each of their eight semesters at Susquehanna. Each student must earn a grade of C- or better in all Honors Program courses; a grade of B- or better is required to earn credit for HONS 500: Senior Honors Research. In addition, if a student earns an F in any Honors-designated course, the student, at the discretion of the director, may be removed automatically from the Honors Program.

Students participating in the Honors Program must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.4 during each semester at Susquehanna. The director and associate director 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 the student meets personally with the Honors Program 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 adviser.

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 Social Diversity or Thought and the Natural Sciences, which are cross-disciplinary views of these two areas. Each of these courses satisfies requirements in the Central 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 Honors seminars that fulfill the university’s Central Curriculum requirements or that serve as especially interesting and challenging electives. Seniors engage in a capstone course, and each conducts an independent research project.