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Honors College

BILLY M. SEAY
Dean

JAMES D. HARDY, JR.
Associate Dean for Academic Services

ANN S. HOLMES
Associate Dean

CAROLINA V. HOOD
Assistant to the Dean

ANN H. DESERAN
Coordinator

JULIET K. F. NOOR
Academic Adviser

205 French House
225/388-8831
FAX 225/388-8828

The LSU Honors College provides intellectual opportunity and challenge for academically able and intellectually motivated undergraduate students. Honors students pursue a rigorous academic program which satisfies all requirements of their academic departments and colleges and goes beyond those requirements to provide the basis for outstanding achievement and appropriate recognition for that achievement. From small enrollment interdisciplinary seminars in the freshman year to independent research activities in preparation for the senior honors thesis, honors students work closely with selected members of the faculty.

In the first two years of study in the Honors College, breadth of academic experience is emphasized. Honors work involves the student in a variety of fields. Interdisciplinary courses in humanities and liberal arts form the core of the students' academic program. Students working toward honors recognition also take honors science or mathematics courses.

Honors students in the junior and senior years usually become more focused in a particular academic discipline. Upper division honors work is characterized by intense intellectual involvement, rigorous standards, and a high level of increasingly independent achievement. Upper division honors work typically culminates in a senior honors thesis or senior honors project under the direction of a faculty member from the student's major department.

Participation in the Honors Program supplements, but does not replace, work in a major field. Credits earned in Honors College courses may be used to satisfy general education requirements or specific degree requirements, such as the literature requirement of the College of Arts and Sciences or the College of Basic Sciences. Honors College and departmental advisers assist in assuring that students meet all requirements of each student's major curriculum.

ADMISSION AND RETENTION

Entering Freshmen

Entering freshmen with the following minimum ACT or SAT scores and a 3.25 high school gpa are invited to apply for admission to the college.

ACT requirements—28 composite and 28 English or 27 composite and 30 English.
SAT requirements—1240 total and 630 verbal.

 

Continuing or Transfer Students

Continuing students who have completed at least their first semester of college and have attained at least a 3.50 gpa are also invited to inquire about admission.

Good Standing

Following the initial semester in the college, an honors student is considered to be in good standing if he or she maintains a minimum overall gpa of 3.00 and successfully completes a minimum of two honors courses per academic year in residence. These courses may be from the college (HNRS), honors sections of departmental courses, or honors option courses. A student not in good standing for two consecutive semesters will be dropped from the college.

Readmission

Students who have been dropped from the college may apply for readmission if:

They have attained a minimum overall gpa of 3.00; and
They are currently enrolled in an honors course or register for an honors course at the time of request.

Dual College Membership

All Honors College students are also members of either University College or a degree-granting college. Admission to the Honors College is independent of admission to any other academic unit.

FACILITIES AND SERVICES

The Honors College occupies the French House. This chateau-like structure, located on Highland Road, is the location of seminar rooms, administrative offices, the student lounge, and the Grand Salon. All honors seminars are conducted either in the French House or in the honors residence halls, East and West Laville. The French House and the Laville residence halls provide an honors residential college.

Counseling and Priority Registration - The honors administrative staff provides academic counseling for honors students. Honors College students are given priority registration if they preregister for the following semester through the Honors College and are enrolled in a qualifying course. Students may also consult faculty advisers in their major fields of study or academic advisers in other administrative units.

Undergraduate and Graduate Fellowships - The Honors College coordinates on-campus efforts to assist graduating students interested in applying for graduate awards such as Rhodes Scholarships, Marshall Scholarships, and Mellon Fellowships for the Humanities. Additionally, the Honors College staff identifies and assists students interested in undergraduate awards such the Harry S. Truman Scholarships and Goldwater Scholarships. The college's Committee for National and International Scholarships counsels and assists students during the application process and, when necessary, interviews and ranks the applicants. Residence Halls for Honors Students - East Laville Hall is available for female students; West Laville Hall is available for male students. Incoming freshmen are advised to apply for a room as early as possible.

Honors Lounge - This facility is located at the northeast corner of the French House and is open to all honors students. Keys may be checked out by honors students on a daily basis or for the weekend. The lounge may be used for honors student council parties and meetings. Other honors organizations may request use of the lounge for special events.

Participation in Honors Councils - The LSU Honors College is an institutional member of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), the Southern Regional Honors Council (SRHC), and the Louisiana Collegiate Honors Council (LCHC). These organizations support honors education in the United States and deal with issues that face higher education and honors programs across the country. Honors students are encouraged to participate in these organizations and are, thus, able to meet and interact with honors students from across the region and the nation.

THE HONORS PROGRAM

Prior to matriculation in the fall semester, qualified students are invited to participate in the honors program. Participants will schedule either Honors 1001/1003, or Honors 1101/1103 in the fall and/or Honors 2002/2004 or Honors 2202/2204 in the spring. Students may also enroll in honors sections of departmental courses (mathematics, chemistry, psychology, etc.).

Following the sophomore year, students may begin honors work in their major field of study. Honors activities in the junior and senior years lead to an honors thesis or honors project. Students must meet all degree requirements of their colleges and major departments, as well as additional requirements of the Honors College.

Sophomore Honors Distinction

Students who, by the end of the second year in college, (1) have completed 20-23 hours of honors courses including Honors 1001/1003 or 1101/1103 and/or Honors 2002/2004 and/or Honors 2202/2204 and/or Honors 3001/3003 and five hours of honors science or honors math credits; and (2) have attained a 3.50 cumulative grade-point average in all honors courses taken and in all course work undertaken will be designated as having achieved "Sophomore Honors Distinction." This designation will be subject to approval by the dean of the student's college upon recommendation of the dean of the Honors College. Recognition includes a notation on the transcript and a certificate awarded after the end of the fourth semester.

Honors Option

The honors option is available to students at the upper undergraduate level in programs in which separate upper division honors courses and/or sections are not offered. Honors option courses may be used to fulfill requirements in the existing upper division honors programs. Students enrolled in colleges not currently offering upper division honors programs may employ the honors option.

The honors option is open only to students who are eligible to enroll in 3000-level courses or above, and who have a minimum gpa of 3.00 (overall and in honors courses). If the discipline within which a student wishes to employ the honors option already offers honors courses at the 3000 level or above, the student may employ the honors option only with the written consent of the chair of that department.

A student will work with a professor to produce a detailed contract outlining the work to be done in addition to the regular work for a given course. The student will enroll in this course and will obtain honors credit by successfully completing the work outlined in the contract. Contracts must be approved by the Honors College. Honors option regulations and necessary forms may be obtained in the Honors College.

Upper Division Honors Distinction

To achieve upper division honors distinction, a student must meet the following requirements:

Take at least 12 semester hours of honors courses at the 3000 level or above, including three to six hours of thesis or project.
Have this sequence of honors courses approved by the college, the major department, the dean of the Honors College, and the president of the Honors Board.
Demonstrate competence by doing research and preparing a senior honors thesis or project in his or her major subject and by taking an oral examination, or making a presentation of the thesis or project before a committee of three or more faculty members appointed by the chair of the student's academic department. The thesis or project adviser shall be from the student's major department. At least one member of the committee shall be from outside the major department.
Achieve, after the sophomore year, a gpa of at least 3.33 ("A" = 4.0) on both LSU and overall academic work, and for all honors courses used in the student's upper division honors program, achieve either (a) no grade lower than a "B" or (b) a gpa of at least 3.33.
Fulfill all additional degree requirements and upper division honors requirements of the student's college.

Graduation with College Honors

To graduate with "College Honors," a student must meet the following requirements:

Achieve "Sophomore Honors Distinction"
Achieve "Upper Division Honors Distinction"
Meet all other requirements for college honors as established by the student's own college

Upper Division Honors Programs

Honors programs for junior and senior students have been established in the following areas. Information about these programs can be obtained from the Honors College or from the appropriate departmental office: Accounting ; Agricultural Business ; Animal, Dairy, & Poultry Sciences ; Architecture ; Biological and Agricultural Engineering ; Biological Sciences ; Chemistry ; Computer Science ; Dietetics ; Economics ; Electrical & Computer Engineering ; Education ; English ; Environmental Management Systems ; Family, Child, & Consumer Sciences ; Finance ; Food & Resource Economics ; General Business Administration ; Geology & Geophysics ; History ; Human Ecology ; Information Systems & Decision Sciences ; Landscape Architecture ; Latin ; Management ; Marketing ; Mass Communication ; Mathematics ; Mechanical Engineering ; Music ; Philosophy ; Physics & Astronomy ; Political Science ; Psychology ; Sociology ; Speech Communication ; Textiles, Apparel & Merchandising.

Erich and Lea Sternberg Award

The Sternberg Award is the highest recognition awarded to a fourth-semester honors student. The award consists of a plaque and $200 for the purchase of books of the student's choice. The executive committee of the Honors Board selects the winner of this award using the following criteria: overall gpa and honors gpa; number of honors courses taken; recommendations of faculty; average course load; breadth of interests and extracurricular activities; interview with executive committee; participation in honors conferences; and service to the University and community.

Honors Courses and Curricular Equivalents

In meeting the requirements for their degrees, honors students may substitute a number of honors courses (HNRS and departmental) for nonhonors courses required for their degree programs. A list of honors courses and their curricular equivalents follows (+ = general education course).

Honors Courses

Curricular Equivalent

 

1001+

Flexible credit course. If the student has credit for English 1000/1001, Honors 1001 satisfies freshman English and is equivalent to English 1002. If the student already has credit in both English 1000/1001 and 1002, Honors 1001 provides three credits of humanities elective.

1101+

Flexible credit course. If the student has credit for English 1000/1001, Honors 1101 satisfies the freshman English requirement and is equivalent to English 1002. If the student already has credit in both English 1000/1001 and 1002, Honors 1101 provides three credits of humanities elective.

1003+

Three credits of history elective or three credits of social sciences or humanities elective.

1103+

Three credits of history elective or three credits of social sciences or humanities electives.

1007,+ 1008+

Four credits of biological sciences with lab each (for nonscience majors).

2002+

Three credits of humanities elective. In the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Basic Sciences, this course may be used to partially satisfy the sophomore literature requirement.

2004+

Three credits of history elective or three credits of social sciences or humanities electives.

2011, 2012, + 2013,+ 2021

Three credits of humanities or social sciences elective each, depending on the course content in a given semester.

2202

Three credits of humanities electives.

2204

Three credits of history electives or three credits of social sciences or humanities electives.

3001,+ 3003+

Four credits of humanities or social sciences elective each. In the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Basic Sciences, may be used to partially satisfy the sophomore literature requirement.

3030

Three credits of humanities elective.

3031

Three credits of social sciences elective.

3033

Three credits of social sciences elective.

3035

Three credits of natural sciences elective.

3100

One to six credits in area of major concentration.

3991, 3992

Thesis research—three credits each in area of major concentration.

 

Departmental Honors

Curricular Equivalent

 

ANTH

4999

4998

 

BIOL

1207

1208

 

1503

1502, 1509

 

CHEM

1421

1201

 

1422

1202

 

1431

1212

 

2003

2002

 

2461

2261

 

2462

2262

 

2463

2364

 

ECON

2031

2030

 

ENGL

1003

1002

 

2823

2123

 

2824

2024 or 2300

 

3925, 3927, 3929

2920, 2921, 2922

 

FREN

2103

2101

 

2104

2102

 

GEOL

1002

1001

 

1004

1003

 

HIST

1002

1001

 

1004

1003

 

2056

2055

 

2058

2057

 

MATH

1101

1100

 

1551

1550

 

1553

1552

 

2058

2057

 

2086

2085

 

MUS

1733

1732

 

2713

2711

 

2714

2712

 

OCS

1006

1005

 

POLI

2052

2051

 

3896

4996

 

3897

4997

 

PSYC

2001

2000

 

REL

1006

1005

 

1007

1004

 

1015

1003

 

2006

2005

 

2030

2029

 

SOCL

2002

2001

 

SPAN

2103

2101

 

2104

2102

 

SPCM

1062

1061

 

THTR

1021

1020

See the section "Courses of Instruction" for additional departmental honors courses with no specified curricular equivalents.

 

 

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