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Honors College

NANCY L. CLARK
Dean

F. GRANGER BABCOCK
Associate Dean

ANN S. HOLMES
Associate Dean

DREW LAMONICA ARMS
Director of Fellowship Advising

TIA H. EMBAUGH
Director of External Relations

VIRGINIA R. BELL
Administrative Assistant

MICHAEL V. BLANDINO
Coordinator, Student Services

ANTOINETTE BOLDEN-CARMOUCHE
Administrative Coordinator

MARK A. DOCHTERMAN
Coordinator, Student Activities

SHERRY L. GAUTHIER
Coordinator, External Relations

JEREMY K. JOINER
Academic Adviser

WILLIAM G. OSBORNE III
Academic Coordinator

205 French House
225-578-8831
FAX 225-578-8828

The LSU Honors College is a highly selective four year enrichment program for intellectually motivated undergraduate students. Honors students enter as freshmen and enroll in at least 32 hours of Honors courses over their four year career, culminating in the production of an Honors thesis or project in their major field of study. From small enrollment seminars in the freshman year to independent research activities in preparation for the senior honors thesis, the Honors College experience is characterized by close interaction between Honors students and outstanding faculty.

Honors students pursue a rigorous academic program which satisfies all requirements for graduation, including the requirements of their major academic department. Honors courses go beyond the basic requirements to provide the basis for outstanding achievement and appropriate recognition at graduation. 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 ranging from the humanities to the sciences and students may elect to take specialized seminars in a variety of disciplines. Honors students in the junior and senior years usually become more focused in their majors, developing increasingly independent research interests and culminating in the production of a senior thesis or project under the direction of a faculty member in the student's major department.

Participation in the Honors College 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. Honors College and departmental advisors assist in assuring that Honors students meet all requirements of each student's major curriculum.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Entering Freshmen
Entering freshmen with the following minimum ACT or SAT scores and a 3.50 academic high school gpa are invited to apply for admission to the college.

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 to the college.

Readmission
Students who have been dropped from the college may apply for readmission if they meet the following requirements:

RECOGNITION REQUIREMENTS

Honors College students earn their graduation degrees from LSU through their senior colleges and earn Honors College recognition by meeting the following requirements:

Good Standing: All students must be in good standing to participate in the Honors College, register for Honors courses, and be eligible for priority registration. Following the initial semester in the Honors College, an honors student is considered to be in good standing if he/she maintains a minimum overall gpa of 3.00 and successfully completes a minimum of two honors courses (5-6 hours) per academic year in residence (see Curriculum for description of courses eligible for Honors credit).

College Honors: Noted on both the diploma and the LSU transcript, College Honors is the culmination of the Honors College curriculum. Students who earn College Honors at graduation will receive special recognition at LSU commencement. To graduate with College Honors a student must meet all requirements as established by the student's own college including at least 32 hours of Honors classes as follows:

Upper Division Honors Distinction: Students achieving this distinction will receive recognition at LSU commencement and on their transcripts. Students working toward upper division honors distinction are expected to indicate their intention, in person, to the Honors College upper division adviser who will furnish them with detailed requirements including the following:

Sophomore Honors Distinction: Recognition includes a notation on the transcript and a certificate awarded after the end of the fourth semester. This designation will be subject to approval by the dean of the student's college upon recommendation of the dean of the Honors College. To achieve this distinction, students must complete the following by the end of their second year in college:

HONORS COLLEGE CURRICULUM

Honors students are required to take at least 5-6 hours of Honors courses per year to remain in good standing and at least 32 hours of Honors courses (including thesis) to graduate with College Honors. The following types of courses qualify for credit as Honors courses:

HONORS COLLEGE EXPERIENCE

Academic Experience

The goal of the Honors College is to prepare academically motivated students for success following graduation and throughout their future careers. In addition to Honors course work, Honors College students have the opportunity to engage in a wide range of academically related activities during their undergraduate careers. The Honors College advising staff works to guide students toward the following opportunities and students are encouraged to meet with our advisers on a regular basis.

Residential Experience

The Laville Honors House is a residential college affiliated with the Honors College. The residence hall is located adjacent to the Honors College administrative offices in the French House and is available for all Honors College students (freshmen through seniors). The Laville Honors House provides a living environment that fosters academic excellence and close personal interaction between students and faculty. In addition to regular participation in activities by "Faculty Friends," faculty offices and seminar rooms are also located in the Laville Honors House to enhance student academic performance.

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+   Three credits of humanities elective.
1101+   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+   Equivalent to ENGL 2000. Three credits of humanities elective. In the Colleges of Arts & 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 +   Equivalent to ENGL 2000. Three credits of humanities or
2013+, 2021   social sciences elective each, depending on the course content in a given semester.
2202   Equivalent to ENGL 2000. 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 & Sciences and Basic Sciences, these courses 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 . . . . . . . . . . . 1202, 1209
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
  3925, 3927,  
  3929 . . . . . . . . . . . 2920, 2921, 2922
FREN 2103 . . . . . . . . . . . 2101
  2104 . . . . . . . . . . . 2102
GEOG 4999 . . . . . . . . . . . 4998
GEOL 1002 . . . . . . . . . . . 1001
  1004 . . . . . . . . . . . 1003
GREK 1002 . . . . . . . . . . . 1001
  2052 . . . . . . . . . . . 2051
HIST 1002 . . . . . . . . . . . 1001
  1004 . . . . . . . . . . . 1003
  2056 . . . . . . . . . . . 2055
  2058 . . . . . . . . . . . 2057
MATH 1101 . . . . . . . . . . . 1100
  1551 . . . . . . . . . . . 1550
  1553 . . . . . . . . . . . 1552
  2058 . . . . . . . . . . . 2057
  2086. . . . . . . . . . . 2085
MC 2011 . . . . . . . . . . . 2010
  4112 . . . . . . . . . . . 4111
  4212 . . . . . . . . . . . 4211
MUS 1733 . . . . . . . . . . . 1732
  1755 . . . . . . . . . . . 1751
  2733 . . . . . . . . . . . 2731
  2734 . . . . . . . . . . . 2732
OCS 1006 . . . . . . . . . . . 1005
PHIL 1001 . . . . . . . . . . . 1000
  2033 . . . . . . . . . . . 2053
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
THTR 1021 . . . . . . . . . . . 1020
  2128 . . . . . . . . . . . 2028

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

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