Honors Program Curriculum and Requirements
The Honors Program at Carroll University encourages motivated and talented students to pursue a breadth and depth of knowledge within an enriched curriculum. The program creates an environment designed to challenge students' perspectives and foster intellectual development.
Admission to the Honors Program
The Carroll Student Scholars Committee (CSSC) envisions an Honors Program with approximately 100 undergraduate students.
Students are invited to apply to the Honors Program at one of two times: either as prospective students (as part of the admission process) or after their first semester. Invitations are issued to incoming students who show strong academic promise based on their high school performance and college entrance examination scores. Full-time freshman students who demonstrate academic excellence during their first semester by attaining an overall GPA of 3.50 or better are also invited to apply early in spring semester. All applicants are also judged on the quality of a short essay that they submit to the CSSC.
Students beginning the Honors Program with the fall semester of their freshman year are required to take six total honors courses. Students admitted to the Honors Program during the second semester of their freshman year, or later in the case of transfer students, are required to complete five total honors courses.
Curriculum of the Carroll University Honors Program
- CCS100H Cultural Seminar
- ENG170H Writing Seminar
- Any four of the following (five if CCS100H and/or ENG170H are not taken):
- CMP112H Honors Computational Thinking I
- CMP114H Honors Computational Thinking II- Statistical Analysis Emphasis
- Honors Social Science Pio Core Course (S1-H)
- Honors Fine Arts Pio Core Course (F1-H)
- Honors Natural Science Pio Core Course (N1-H)
- Honors Humanities Pio Core Course (H1-H)
- Honors Philosophy/Ethics/Religion Pio Core Course (P1-H)
- Pioneer Scholar Project
- Semester or Year Study Abroad
- Honors Contract (only 1 permitted, beginning with sophomore status)
Students in the program are eligible for priority registration for all of their courses (not just Honors courses). This means that they may register the day before seniors, and are thus normally assured of getting into the courses they prefer.
Participation in the Honors Program is indicated on the student's official transcript and is recognized at graduation. If a student leaves the program for any reason, any Honors courses taken to that point are still indicated on the transcript. All Honors courses have an "H" designation in addition to the course number.
Students entering Carroll in the first semester of their freshman year as Honors students must complete 12 credits of honors courses by the end of the second year of studies and 16 credits of honors courses by the end of the third year of studies. Students admitted to the Honors Program after their first semester must complete 8 credits of honors courses by the end of the second year of studies and 12 credits of honors courses by the end of the third year of studies.
Students who do not meet these progression standards will be considered “inactive” and have their early registration privileges revoked.
To complete the Honors Program successfully, students must graduate with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.40 and a grade of at least a "B" in each Honors course. The CSSC has established the following criteria for continuation in the program:
A student must earn a cumulative GPA of at least 3.20 at the end of the first year of studies to continue in the program in her/his second year.
A student must earn a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 at the end of the second year of studies to continue in the program in her/his third year.
A student must earn a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30 at the end of the third year of studies to continue in the program in her/his fourth year.
If a student fails to meet and/or falls below any of the listed GPA requirements and/or earns less than a 'B' in any Honors course, the student will be removed from the program.
If a student experiences extenuating circumstances (e.g., the death of a loved one, illness, change in major) that cause a substandard GPA and separation from the program, the student is allowed one appeal to the CSSC for reinstatement.
Although there is currently no official adviser to Honors students, this is a role that either the director or members of the CSSC may fulfill. Students with questions regarding the Honors Program should email the Honors Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.