Honors College Curricula

One College: Three Paths to Success 

The Honors College does not believe in a "one-size-fits-all" approach to education. Whether you are a First-Time-In-College student, a transfer student or a current FGCU student, there is a place for you at the Honors College. Our three paths are designed to accommodate differing credit hours at time of entrance into the Honors College. 

 1. Honors Scholars

Primarily for First-Time-in-College (FTIC) students. 

  • Complete 24 credit hours of Honors coursework, with at least 9 credit hours of upper-division courses in the major approved by Honors advising

  • Complete 2 Honors Experiences

    • See below for Honors Experiences opportunities
  • FTIC students complete an Honors First Year Sequence course in the fall and spring semester 

  • Graduate with a 3.50 or higher cumulative (institutional) GPA

  • Complete 4 Honors event credits each spring and fall semester


 

2. Honors Foundations

Primarily for students enrolling in Honors after earning 30 credit hours.

  • Complete 12 credit hours of Honors coursework (any class, any level)

  • Complete 2 Honors Experiences

    • See below for Honors Experiences opportunities
  • FTIC students complete an Honors First Year Sequence course in the fall and spring semester 

  • Graduate with a 3.50 or higher cumulative (institutional) GPA

  • Complete 4 Honors event credits each spring and fall semester


 

3. Honors in the Major 

Primarily for students enrolling in Honors after earning 30 credit hours.

  • Complete 9 credit hours of Honors coursework in upper-division courses in the major approved by Honors advising

  • Complete 1 Honors Experience 

    • See below for Honors Experience opportunities
  • Graduate with a 3.50 or higher cumulative (institutional) GPA

  • Complete 4 Honors event credits each spring and fall semester

 

There are also three paths to gaining Honors College credit:

1. Honors Classes    2. Embedded Courses      3. Honors Contracts

 

Honors Experiences

All Honors Students are required to complete two Honors Experiences. 

EXPERIENCE DESCRIPTION

Liberal Arts

Complete 9 credits of Honors courses with the prefix IDH, ISS, ISC

Honors Contracts 

Complete approved Honors Courses, Honors Embedded Courses, or Honors Contracts in 3 different upper-level (3000-4999) courses with a grade of "B" or higher

Research

Complete an Honors Thesis or Honors Independent Research 

Certification Alternatives:

  • Complete an independent or directed study course* 
  • Complete an internship consisting of more than 70 hours*
  • Work with a professor for more than 70 hours on an academic research project*
  • Work with a professor on a project or paper (includes artistic performance/presentation) that was presented at a regional, state, national, or international conference

*Cannot already be required by major 

Service 

Complete 4 credits from the following Honors: IDS 3920, IDS 3300 and IDH 4638C

Certification Alternatives: 

  • Complete 160+ hours of service learning 
  • Take a leadership role in a project in the top 10% of FGCU students
  • Take a  leadership role in a service project recognized at Community Engagement Day 

Study Away/Study Abroad

Complete one course with an Honors College Study Abroad Trip 

Certification Alternatives: 

  • Go on an FGCU-sponsored trip outside of FL for 7+ days
  • Go on a study abroad experience sponsored by another institution for 14+ days
  • Go on a study abroad experience on your own for 28+ days 
  • Complete a language-learning experience beyond the intermediate level 
  • Be an international exchange student or live in the U.S. for less than 2 years

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