Honors College

Associate Dean
Associate Dean
Assistant to the Dean
Academic Adviser
205 French House
FAX 225/578-8828

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


Entering Freshmen

Entering freshmen with the following minimum ACT or SAT scores and a 3.50 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 to the college.

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.


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 registered 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.


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

Advising and Priority Registration The honors administrative staff provides academic advising 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 Fellow-ships The Honors College coordinates on-campus efforts to assist all LSU 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 Hall for Honors Students Laville Honors House is available for female and male students. Incoming freshmen are advised to apply for a room as early as possible.

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.


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 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 3.50 ("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 3.50.

Fulfill all additional degree requirements and upper division honors requirements of the student's college.

Students working toward upper division honors distinction are expected to indicate their intention, in person, to the Honors College upper division adviser.

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," and

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, and Poultry Sciences Architecture Art History Biological Engineering Biological Sciences Chemistry Computer Engineering Computer Science Dietetics Economics Electrical Engineering Elementary Education English Environmental Management Systems Family, Child, and Consumer Sciences Finance General Business Administration Geology History Information Systems and Decision Sciences Landscape Architecture Latin Management Marketing Mass Communication Mathematics Mechanical Engineering Music Philosophy Physics Political Science Psychology Secondary Education Sociology Speech Communication Textiles, Apparel, and Merchandising.

Erich and Lea Sternberg Award

The Erich and Lea 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

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.


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 elective.
1007,+1008+ Four credits of biological sciences with lab each(for nonscience majors)
2002+ 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.
2001,2012+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.

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 eachin 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
ENGL1003 1002
2823 2123
2824 2024
3925,3927, 2920,2921
3929 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
MC 4112 4111
4212 4211
MUS 1733 1732
1755 1751
2733 2731
2734 2732
OCS 1006 1005
PHIL 1001 1000
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.