Honors Program

Director: Ramsaran

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 enroll in one Honors course during each of their eight semesters at Susquehanna. Students 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.

Students participating in the Honors Program must maintain an overall grade point average of 3.40 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 3.40 level, the student will receive a warning letter from the director of the program. After a second semester below a 3.40 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.

During the first year, students enroll in HONS:100 Thought, which focuses on ideas and their expression, and HONS:200 Thought and Civilization, an interdisciplinary look at literature and cultures. In their sophomore year, students select either HONS:240 Thought and Social Diversity or HONS:250 Thought and the Natural Sciences, which offer cross-disciplinary approaches. Each of these courses satisfies requirements in the Central Curriculum. Sophomore Honors students also enroll in HONS:290 Sophomore Essay, in which they write and present a research-supported essay on a self-designed topic. 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 serve as especially interesting and challenging electives. As seniors, they enroll in HONS:400, the Honors Program capstone course, and they each conduct an independent research project (HONS:500).