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Honors Program 2015-2016 Catalog Year


The Florida Gulf Coast University Honors Program offers special opportunities for superior students to pursue challenging academic work that is tailored to individual interests and abilities. The Honors Program emphasizes more than just courses and grades; it provides opportunities for students to participate in creative activities outside of the classroom. Further, the Honors Program is built around a commitment to community service and civic engagement—guiding principles of Florida Gulf Coast University.

The Honors Program is university wide and open to students of all levels. Prospective honors students must meet high academic standards and should be interested in developing themselves beyond the traditional classroom setting. Current FGCU students should have a G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher. Our application is available through our webpage,

There are many benefits to participating in the Honors Program. It offers courses that are unique. They range in nature from courses that take a unique view of a particular subject matter, to courses that are offered outside FGCU, to honors sections of general education courses. Moreover, the FGCU Honors Program offers scholarships and special events and activities that are available only to students in the program. Resident students of the Honors Program can request to be placed in Honors Housing. All students in the Honors Program enjoy priority registration and have extended library privileges.

Each student who fulfills Honors Program requirements is given special recognition at graduation, and a notation is included on the student’s official transcript. Successful completion of an honors program curriculum demonstrates an individual’s ability to study independently, yet collaboratively, and to achieve excellence; qualities that are valued by professional schools, graduate schools, and employers.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the Honors Program, students must have an FGCU GPA of 3.5 or higher, complete a minimum of 12 credits of honors courses, and complete the appropriate number of Honors Experiences. The number of Experiences required depends upon when the student entered the Honors Program. Students entering the Honors Program as First-Time-in-College students and who do not have an Associates Degree (A.A.) must complete the First Year Experience and two of the other experiences from the list below. All other students must complete at least two experiences from the list below. 

  1. First-Year Experience

    Because our students come to FGCU with varied academic backgrounds, the classes for our First-Year Experience vary some by student. In general, we recommend the schedule listed below; but the student will work with the Honors Academic Advisor to build a first-year schedule appropriate for their degree program and academic status.

    • One 3 credit Honors Course other than English Composition (ENC 1101 or ENC 1102)
    • Honors ENC 1101 (Composition I) or ENC 1102 (Composition II) (if not already completed)
    • Honors LDR 2110 (Lessons in Leadership) and/or Honors IDH 2051 (Research Symposium)
    • One 3 credit Honors Course other than English Composition (ENC 1102)
    • Honors ENC 1102 (if necessary)
    • Honors LDR 2110 (Lessons in Leadership) and Honors IDH 2051 (Research Symposium) (if not already completed)

  2. Liberal Arts Experience

    9 credits of Honors courses with an ISS, IDH, or ISC prefix

  3. Honors in the Major Experience

    9 hours of Honors contracts in upper-division (3000-4999) courses in the student's major field of study

  4. Honors Service Experience

    Completion of 4 credits from Honors IDS 3300 (Foundations of Civic Engagement), IDH 4638C (Honors Service), or Honors IDS 3920 (University Colloquium)

  5. Honors Research Experience

    Completion of IDH 4975 (Honors Thesis) or 3 credits of IDH 3910 (Honors Independent Research). Independent and directed studies in the student's major with an attached honors contract may substitute for this requirement with the approval of the Honors Program Director

  6. Honors Study Away/Abroad Experiences

    Completion of at least one credit of IDH 3955 (Honors Study Away/Abroad) or IDH 4945 (Honors in Washington)

    The Honors Program will often allow students the option of creating self-directed experiences through Experience certification. These should be of exceptional quality, experiences that help the student to stand out nationally amongst top students. Please meet with the Honors Academic Advisor if you intend to pursue a self-directed experience through certfication.


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