The Honors Program
The Judson University Honors Program is an advanced degree plan for the outstanding student who enters Judson with a 3.3 minimum GPA and 28 on ACT/1230 on SAT. Admitted students must take an advised sequence of H-tagged courses totaling 24 credits, normally split between general education and major courses as follows: 12 from Gen Ed, 9 from the degree Major, and 3 as open elective. Honors students also propose and complete an original research project or its equivalent, either as part of their major coursework or as an elective for Honors credit. Please note that both Honors and regular degrees have the same credit count and program duration. There is no extra cost for being in the Honors program.
GPA Requirements: Honors students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.33 throughout their undergraduate studies at Judson. If the GPA drops below 3.33, a grace period of one semester may be allowed to bring it back up to 3.33 or better. Failure to attain the minimum GPA level even after the grace period will disqualify the student from graduating with an Honors degree. Such students will automatically be switched over to the regular degree track.
Selection of Honors Courses
- General Education: 12 hrs minimum
- Honors Students take a sequence of four dedicated Honors Gen Ed courses.
- Major: 9 hrs minimum
- See Majors List. [Or] The Honors Program Website. [Or] contact the Honors Program Director.
- Open Honors Electives: 3 hrs
- This may be in the Gen Ed curriculum, in the major, or an outside elective.
Extracurricular Requirements: Honors students must attend at least one approved out of class activity every semester. Available activities include peer tutoring, Reel Conversations, Architecture Lecture Series, other invited lectures on campus, civic events in the Greater Chicago area, and professional conferences. The Activity Form, filled out and signed by a supervising faculty member, should be filed with the Honors office as evidence of satisfying this requirement. Students not fulfilling this requirement will not be allowed to graduate with the Honors degree.
Successful students will have their work recognized as Honors in their transcript and diploma. They will also be distinguished by Honors regalia at the commencement ceremony.