A. The LSC-North Harris Honors College is an
academic program designed for high-achieving students seeking to improve their
college transcripts and transferability with challenging coursework provided
across all disciplines. Students will be required to employ critical
thinking skills to complete expanded research projects and participate in Honors-related
activities and events aimed towards developing leadership. Honors students enjoy the freedom to work independently and
collaboratively with faculty who encourage lively, engaging discourse and
challenging activities inside and outside the classroom.
What are the benefits of participating in the Honors College?
A. There are multiple
benefits to joining the Honors College, including:
designation on transcripts
of published research
at local and regional conferences
field trips, events and guest speakers
Q. Who can participate in Honors?
A. To be eligible to
join the LSC-North Harris Honors College,first
year studentsmust metoneof
the following criteria:
high school GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale*
or higher on the SAT
or higher combined score on the ACT*
Current or transfer studentsmay
enroll in the Honors College if they have maintained a 3.25 GPA during 9 hours
of completed college credit.
Q. Will I receive recognition for
participating in Honors?
A. Yes,an Honors designation is recorded on your
transcriptfor every Honors
In addition, students may
graduate with Honors. The LSC-North
Harris Honors College offers
three distinctions, they are:
Graduate with Honors in Research – Completion of 9 Honors credits, 3.50 GPA
Graduate with High Honors in Research – Completion of 15 Honors credits, 3.50 GPA
Graduate with Highest Honors in Research – Completion of 21 Honors credits, 3.50 GPA
Honors Scholar – Completion of Honors Scholar contract (includes 25 hours of internship); 3.50 GPA
Note:The Honors Scholar may only be attempted after successful completion of 9 honors credits OR after successful completion of 6 honors credits with concurrent enrollment in an additional 3 or more honors credits
Q.What is the difference between an Honors section and an Honors Seminar?
A. Honors credits are earned through both
sections and seminars. AnHonors
sectionwill take place as a scheduled class, and activities will be
incorporated into the class syllabus. The Honors College Special Topics in Honors (HONRH courses) are independent study or small-group seminars for supervised honors research.
Does participation in Honors really matter?
A. Whether you take one honors course
or aim for an Honors Distinction upon graduation,participating
in Honors speaks volumes about your abilities and aspirations. Honors
designations on your transcript will stand out on university applications and
improve your chances of being admitted to the university, college, or program
of your choice. Four-year institutions are becoming increasingly selective.
Honors participation offers students a competitive advantage when transferring
and applying for scholarships.
Will college Honors be like honors courses in high school?
No, there is usually a world of difference between high
school and college honors courses. Inmany high
schools, honors courses are just the normal courses "made harder"
with extra readings, extra assignments, and extra hard grading of students. But
at college,honors courses are specially "enriched" courses, not
normal courses made "harder,"and grading standards are the same
as in normal college courses. Honors courses avoid the boring lectures/ passive
learning approach to education. Enriched honors courses stimulate your
thinking; they use provocative and innovative materials covering central
concepts and cutting edge explorations, ranging from the classics to the
ultra-hip; and they provide the informal, small class environment that
encourages discussion and debate on important topics.
I’m no genius. Will Honors courses be too hard for me?
A. No. If you meet the eligibility
requirements for Honors, you have the ability to succeed in yourhonors
courses and seminars. You will also gain confidence in your own abilities by
best students on campus. Most honors students describe Honors as a
and faculty mentoring to increase student success. Sometimes honors courses mayrequire a
bit more work than other sections, but not excessively so. One benefit of
honors courses is that they are part of a regular course schedule. Honors
contracts are another option. Honors contracts take place outside of a
classroom with the guidance of a faculty mentor. Talk to your honors director
to create an Honors plan that interests you while meeting your scheduling and workload
Won’t my college GPA suffer if I join Honors?
No, honors courses aren’t graded harder (or easier) than
other college courses. A student who averages a 3.5 in regular courses will
probably have a 3.5 GPA for honors courses, too. In fact, our data indicates
that most LSC-North Harris honors students maintain or improve their GPA’s after
participating in Honors.
Wouldn’t it be better for me to wait a semester or two before joining the
A. Students joining as incoming
freshmen benefit most from the program and are more likely toreceive an
honors distinction upon graduation. However, eligible students are encouraged
toapply to the Honors College
at any point during their academic careers at LSC-North Harris.
Q. Whom do I contact if I have any more
A. You may contact Professor
Brian Kyser, LSC-North Harris Lead Honors College director, at 281-618-1149 or by email atNorthHarrisHonors@LoneStar.edu. You may
also stop by the Honors office located in LIB 105.