NANCY L. CLARK Dean
F. GRANGER BABCOCK Associate Dean
ANN S. HOLMES Associate Dean
DREW LAMONICA ARMS Director of Fellowship Advising
MICHAEL V. BLANDINO Director of Student Services
ANTOINETTE R. BOLDEN Assistant to the Dean
MARK A. DOCHTERMAN Coordinator, Student Activities
TIA H. EMBAUGH Director of External Relations
SHERRY L. GAUTHIER Coordinator, External Relations
JEANETTE M. JOHNSON Administrative Coordinator
JEREMY K. JOINER Academic Advisor
AUTUMN L. MONTGOMERY Academic Advisor
WILLIAM G. OSBORNE III Director of Curriculum Development
CINDY SEGHERS Coordinator, Experiential Learning
205 French House
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.
Entering Freshmen Entering
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.
Students who have been dropped from the college may apply for readmission if they meet the following requirements:
Honors College students earn their graduation degrees from LSU through their senior colleges and earn Honors College recognition by meeting the following requirements (for all recognition awards, see curriculum for description of courses eligible for Honors credit):
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 cumulative gpa of 3.00 and successfully completes a minimum of two honors courses (five to six hours) per academic year in residence.
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 advisor 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 fourth regular semester in college:
Honors students are required to take at least five to six 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:
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 advisors on a regular basis.
The Laville Honors House is a residential college affiliated with the Honors College. The residence hall is located adjacent to the Honors College classrooms and 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 follows.
Honors Courses (HNRS)
|General Education Area||Format|
|HNRS 1003||Humanities; Social Sciences||Lecture|
|HNRS 1007||Natural Sciences (Life)||Lecture/Lab|
|HNRS 1008||Natural Sciences (Life)||Lecture/Lab|
|HNRS 1035||Natural Sciences (Life)||Seminar|
|HNRS 1036||Natural Sciences (Physical)||Seminar|
|HNRS 2000||English Composition; Humanities; Social Sciences||Seminar/Lecture|
|HNRS 2002||English Composition; Humanities||Seminar|
|HNRS 2004||Humanities; Social Sciences||Lecture|
|HNRS 2012||English Composition; Humanities; Social Sciences||Seminar|
|HNRS 2013||English Composition; Humanities; Social Sciences||Seminar|
|HNRS 2021||English Composition; Arts||Seminar|
|HNRS 3001||Humanities; Social Sciences||Seminar|
|HNRS 3003||Humanities; Social Sciences||Seminar|
|HNRS 3031||Humanities; Social Sciences||Seminar|
|HNRS 3033||Social Sciences||Seminar|
|Other Honors Courses (HNRS)||Format|
|HNRS 3100||Seminar or Research|
General education courses are marked with stars ()