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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: 11 hours minimum

  • Honors students take a sequence of three dedicated Honors gen ed courses: GEN101H, GEN301H, and GEN401H

Major: 9 hours minimum

  • Honors students take at least 9 hours of Honors coursework in their declared major
  • See Majors list, the Honors Program website, or contact the Program Director for details

Open Honors Electives: 3 hours minimum

  • 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.

Academic Honors

SEMESTER HONORS

Dean's List

Students achieving a 3.55 or higher semester GPA based on 12 or more hours attempted are recognized after the end of each semester. If the hours attempted do not total 12 but at least 12 hours were earned (due to pass-fail credits), the student is eligible for the Dean's List if he/she was on the Dean's List the previous semester. Students with grades of I or NR are not considered for the Dean's List until their final grades are received. Unclassified students are not eligible for the Dean's List.

GRADUATION HONORS*

Graduation cum laude: 3.50-3.69 summary GPA
Graduation magna cum laude: 3.70-3.84 summary GPA
Graduation summa cum laude: 3.85-4.00 summary GPA

*Students who transfer to Judson must maintain the minimum summary grade average both in work at Judson and in all previous University work. Students must complete a minimum of 60 earned graded hours at Judson.

All traditional student honors for commencement are based on GPA’s for the previous semesters, as the current semester grades will not be available until after commencement.



Student Success and Registrar's Office Staff

Virginia L. Guth
Associate Vice President for Student Success and

University Registrar

 

Heather Johnson
Assistant Registrar

 

Maria Aguirre
Academic Advisor - Adult Professional (BA) and Graduate

 

Kat Hamilton
Academic Records Coordinator - Adult Professional

 

Caitlin Kiel
Assistant to the Registrar:
Course Schedule and Data Specialist

 

Kayla Collins

First Year Freshmen Academic Advisor:

Traditional and Adult Professional (AA)

Transcript Orders

 

Kirsten Olson
Transfer Student Director

 

Jill A. Hargis
Graduation Advisor

 

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