64 Honors Program
2019-2020 USC Upstate Catalog
Students who fall below the required minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in
any semester are placed on honors probation. At the end of the probationary
semester, students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher are returned
to regular honors status. Students with a cumulative GPA lower than 3.0
but with a semester cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher remain on honors
probationary status. Students whose probationary semester cumulative
GPA is lower than 3.0 are dismissed from the Honors Program. Students
may apply for readmission to the Honors Program if their cumulative GPA
is 3.0 or higher.
REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATING WITH HONORS
To graduate from the Honors Program, students must:
• complete at least 18 credit hours of honors seminars, courses,
internships, and tutorials of 100-level or above. All honors students,
including those who transfer to USC Upstate with junior standing are
required to complete the upper-level honors seminars: The Self and
Society (HONS 201), The Ethical Factor (HONS 301), and The Process
of Progress (HONS 401). Honors students who enter USC Upstate as
first-year students will typically complete over 24 credit hours of
honors courses, including 100-level courses and the Life of the Mind
seminar (HONS 101).
• maintain an average cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.
• compile an electronic Honors Portfolio of projects and reflections from
the honors seminar courses (HON 101,201,301, and 401), internships,
research experience, service learning activities, and extracurricular
activities. The final portfolio will also include a Statement of Purpose
describing the student’s accomplishments in the capstone honors
project and the interdisciplinary theme or focus of study that underlies
the student’s honors experience.
• present to a public audience a capstone project designed and proposed
in fall in HON 401 (The Process of Progress) and completed in spring
in a three-credit tutorial or internship under the guidance of an
honors faculty member. Students are encouraged to pursue creative
project formats, including multimedia, performance, experiential,
or application-based projects, although conventional thesis projects
may also be accepted. Projects must be approved by the director of
the Honors Program.
• complete a minimum of 20 hours of service learning activities, typically
as a course requirement in Honors 201. Other service learning or
community service must be approved by the Director of the Honors
Program. Short reflection essays about this community engagement
will be included in the electronic Honors Portfolio.
• demonstrate significant contributions to honors activities by serving on
the Honors Student Council and/or participating in the programming
of the Honors Program, such as research assistantships, study abroad,
and cultural activities. Each semester, honors students must attend four
events that are approved by the Director of the Honors Program. Short
reflection essays about these events will be included in the electronic
To enroll in honors courses, students must be members of the Honors
Program or granted approval by the director of the Honors Program in
consultation with the faculty teaching the course.
To teach an honors course, faculty members must apply to the Honors
Program and be approved by the Faculty Honors Council. The honors course
must also be approved by the Honors Council. The course application must
include a description of the proposed honors course that emphasizes
participatory classroom styles, intense and in-depth study of subject
matter, the use of primary source material, team or group teaching, an
interdisciplinary theme, and an element of independent study. Honors
courses include intensive reading, writing, and research. Faculty are
encouraged to offer courses encouraging civic responsibility, global
awareness, service learning, or community service. All honors courses are
limited to a maximum enrollment of 20 students.
Priority enrollment in honors courses is given to students in the Honors
Program, but students meeting the admission criteria for the Honors
Program may enroll in honors courses with permission of the Director of the
Honors Program and the approval of faculty teaching the courses.
Honors Students and General Education
All graduates of USC Upstate should demonstrate five core competencies
as described in the Academic Programs section of the Academic Catalog.
These competencies include the following: ( I ) the ability to communicate
effectively in English in writing and orally, (2) comprehension and
application of scientific and quantitative reasoning, (3) critical thinking and
integration of information, (4) understanding and awareness of linguistic
and cultural diversity, and (5) facility with information technology. A USC
Upstate honors student must develop and refine these competencies by
completing a coherent set of introductory-level courses which may be drawn
from both honors and regular course offerings.
Honors students are encouraged to take an interdisciplinary approach to the
general education competencies by enrolling in Honors Arts and Humanities,
Honors Natural Science and Mathematics, Honors Social and Behavioral
Sciences, the Honors General Education Tutorials, and special honors
courses. Students will coordinate with the Director of the Honors Program
and their major advisors to satisfy the general education competency
requirements through no fewer than 30 credit hours in general education
courses, including at least one course in each of the three main divisions:
the humanities and fine arts, social and behavioral sciences. and natural
sciences and mathematics.
In addition, students must fulfill any particular general education
requirements that serve as foundational courses for their designated
major. For example, an honors student majoring in biology must complete
Precalculus I and II as well as General Chemistry and General Chemistry and
Qualitative Analysis. Working with their major advisors, honors students will
identify these courses by the end of their first year at USC Upstate.
In addition to completing the honors focus of study, honors students select
an academic major and fulfill the requirements of that major. Courses
designated as honors courses, such as BIO 110H or ENGL 102H, can substitute
for non-honors courses. Special honors courses, tutorials, or internships
may substitute for comparable general education courses or courses in
the major program of study, or serve as electives. Honors students will
work in coordination with the director of the Honors Program to fulfill the
requirement to graduate with honors.
Honors Sections of Regular Courses or Labs (0-4 cr. hrs.)
An open call for honors courses is issued each semester to faculty. Proposals