Jul 02, 2022  
2014-2015 Traditional Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2014-2015 Traditional Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

The Honors Program

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The Honors Program at Lakeland College 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.

Graduates of the Honors Program will 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 and participate in an interview with Honors Committee members. 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 and successful interview
  • 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 Quantitative Skills requirement, the distributional studies component of the General Studies curriculum, and at least three credits of writing-intensive coursework in a major program.

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