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2017-2018 Traditional Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Traditional Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

The Honors Program

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The Honors Program at Lakeland University is designed for intellectually curious students who desire to pursue academic activity in the company of other committed undergraduates. It emphasizes original and critical thinking in both its students and its teachers, asking that they participate fully in conversations that cross disciplinary boundaries. By means of small classes, challenging topics, and access to cultural events, it calls on students to take more responsibility for their education, developing and pursuing their own intellectual inquiries both inside and outside the classroom. Emphasizing clarity in oral and written communication and logic in thought, the Honors Program helps its students advance in their capacity to arrive at, have confidence in, and clearly support their own conclusions and views. It cultivates a sense of community, presenting academic work as a group process and a conversation among peers. Finally, it broadens the cultural horizons of its students, providing access to events and materials that may have otherwise been unavailable.

Students who have successfully completed the Honors Program from Lakeland University should be able to:

  • Exhibit creative/original thinking
  • Converse across disciplines
  • Argue persuasively, fluently, and clearly, in speech and in writing
  • Demonstrate mastery of and passion for an area of scholarly inquiry
  • Think critically

With these qualities in place, graduates should have the capacity to become innovators, on campus and in their future lives.

The Honors Admissions Process

Potential Honors students will be invited to complete a program application. Entering freshmen will initially be identified by their high school GPA and test scores, but students may also apply during their first year of coursework at Lakeland. Thus, the requisite criteria for entry are as follows:

  • Completion of program application
  • If applying upon entry to Lakeland, 3.25 GPA or better in high school or from transfer institutions; or 24 or higher for composite ACT
  • If applying after first semester of Lakeland coursework, 3.25 GPA, and written recommendation of Lakeland faculty


The Honors Committee reserves the right to remove a student from the program for inadequate academic performance.

Honors Program Requirements

Students completing the Honors Program are also responsible for the Rhetorical Skills requirement, Quantitative Skills requirement, the distributional studies component of the Interdisciplinary Studies curriculum, and at least three credits of writing-intensive coursework in a major program.

Additional Honors Program Information

Students who participate in the Honors Program but do not complete all of its requirements will still receive credit toward the Interdisciplinary Studies Critical Thinking Core Sequence and Rhetorical Skills requirements for the work they have completed in the Honors Program. The following chart relates how certain courses in the Honors sequence substitute for Interdisciplinary Studies requirements in the event of partial or non-completion of the Honors Program. Completion of Honors Program requirements in the left column below substitute for completion of Interdisciplinary Studies courses in the right column below.

Honors Program Interdisciplinary Studies

HON 190 - Introduction to Honors  

GEN 130 - Core I: Foundations of Critical Thinking  

HON 370 /HON 371  – Honors Seminars – a minimum of one (1) three (3) semester hour course

GEN 310 /311 /312 /325 /345 /355 /365 /370  – Core II

Completion of all other Honors Program requirements

GEN 425 /426 /427 /442 /443 /445 /446 /447  – Core III


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