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Honors Curriculum

Curriculum Requirements 

To have an Honors College designation on your transcript when you graduate from the College of Charleston, you must successfully complete all Honors College requirements, college-wide general education requirements, and requirements for your major(s). You must also meet Honors Academic Progress Standards.

Honors College requirements for all classes entering Fall 2018 and forward:

  • Honors Core
    • HONS 100 Beyond George Street (1 credit hour; must be completed in the first semester)
    • Honors Engaged – a 1-year community engagement project to be fulfilled in the first year of the honors program.
    • HONS 110 Honors Academic Writing (4 credit hours; must be taken in first year of the honors program).
    • At least one Honors Foundations Course (3-5 credit hours each)
    • A Quantitative Literacy Course (3 credit hours). Can also be satisfied with Math 120 (or AP credit).
    • At least two courses in Exploring Complexity and Diversity Colloquia (3-4 credit hours each).
    • At least one Advanced Studies Course, which includes an upper-level Honors Special Topics or a 200-level or above Honors Disciplinary course (3-4 credit hours).
    • At least 25 HONS credit hours within the Honors Core must be completed
  • Honors Directed – these requirements are negotiated individually with a faculty mentor
    • Honors Immersed (3 Credit Hours) – See guidelines and form here.
    • Bachelor’s Essay (6 Credit Hours)
    • These requirements do not need to be HONS and can be completed under a departmental course number. A student workflow for the Bachelor’s Essay is available here.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.400 or higher

For additional information on the new Honors College curriculum, including a full listing of HONS courses by category, please see the Honors College section of the Undergraduate Catalog here

Honors College requirements for all classes entering prior to Fall 2018:

  • Honors Core
    • HONS 100 Beyond George Street (1 credit hour; must be completed in the first semester)
    • Honors Engaged – a 1-year community engagement project to be fulfilled in the first year in the honors program.
    • HONS 110 Honors Academic Writing (4 credit hours; must be completed in the first semester).
    • MATH 120 Calculus (4 credit hours) May be satisfied with a 3 or better on AP Calculus AB or BC.
    • An additional mathematics course at or above the 200 Level. Some 200-level math courses may be satisfied with AP credit. Please see more info at the Transfer Resource Center.
    • HONS 121/HONS 122 and HONS 131/HONS 132, Honors Western Civilization (12 credit hours). HONS 121/HONS 131 may be satisfied with a 4 or 5 on AP European or World History. Also, may be satisfied with a 6 or 7 on IB European or World History HL.  Students with these scores replace HONS 122/HONS 132 with any two honors humanities courses (HONS 170, HONS 173, HONS 175, HONS 180, HONS 281, HONS 381).
    • HONS 380, HONS 381, or HONS 382 Honors Interdisciplinary Special Topics course (3-4 credit hours)
    • Any two additional Honors courses (6-8 credit hours)
  • Honors Directed – these requirements are negotiated individually with a faculty mentor
    • Honors Immersed (3 Credit Hours) – See guidelines and form here.
    • Bachelor’s Essay (6 Credit Hours)
    • These requirements do not need to be HONS and can be completed under a departmental course number. A student workflow for the Bachelor’s Essay is available here.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.400 or higher

Academic Standards

In addition to taking the courses required by the Honors College, which amount to about 30% of total coursework, you must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.40 to receive the designation of "Honors College Graduate" on your official transcript. Please refer to our Academic Standards for more details on academic performance requirements.