Requirements of the Great Books Honors Program

To be eligible to participate in the Great Books Honors program, the following requirements must be met: ""

New, prospective students requirements

  • Complete a short application and interview,
  • Have a high school GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale),
  • Score at least a 27 on the English component of the ACT or at least a 580 on the verbal component of the SAT, and
  • Receive written confirmation of acceptance via e-mail or postal mail.

Continuing Honors student requirements

  • Establish a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 during the freshman year and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 until graduation. A student whose cumulative GPA fails to meet this standard will not automatically be released from the program. That student’s record will be reviewed term by term, and membership may be continued provided the student shows steady progress in raising the GPA to 3.0 and remains in good standing regarding the other requirements listed here.
  • Comply with the University handbook regarding conduct and behavior.

Prospective graduate requirements

  • Complete the five core courses with a 3.0 or greater GPA.
  • Complete the two contract courses related to major.
  • Complete the Senior Thesis or Project.

Every semester, the Great Books Honors staff reviews the records of students who plan to graduate at the end of that term. A student who is a member in good standing at the time of that review will graduate with Great Books Honors and these honors will be noted in the graduation program.

Bridge Course

Students who do not fully qualify for the Great Books Honors program may still apply for admission to the GB 1300 Introduction to Great Books course. To participate in GB 1300 students must,

  • Complete a short application and interview,
  • Have a high school GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale),
  • Score at least a 23 on the English component of the ACT and an overall composite of 25 (or the SAT equivalent), and
  • Receive written confirmation of acceptance via e-mail or postal mail.