The Honors Program at Louisiana College is an interdisciplinary program that caters to students who perform at the highest academic standards. Its small, seminar-style courses focus on integrating faith and learning through writing, discussion, service learning, and travel. Students enter during their freshman year and complete the honors curriculum as a cohort.
The purpose of the Honors Program is to further the vision of Louisiana College of preparing graduates and transforming lives while supporting the mission of Louisiana College “to provide liberal arts, professional, and graduate programs characterized by devotion to the preeminence of the Lord Jesus, allegiance to the authority of the Holy Scriptures, dedication to academic excellence for the glory of God, and commitment to change the world for Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
The Honors Program will fulfill this purpose by providing an honors experience integrated throughout the core liberal arts curriculum, supplemented by honors colloquia, and one division-specific experience based course that will be contracted with individual faculty culminating in a C. S. Lewis Honors Program Forum.
Entrance and Continuance Requirements
Incoming freshmen with a 28 or higher on the ACT (or equivalent SAT or CLT) are automatically enrolled in the program. Should a student not wish to participate in the program they will need to fill out a withdraw form, which may be found in the office of the program director.
Louisiana College students who do not meet the above criteria may petition the C. S. Lewis Honors council for admittance into the program. To qualify, students must have completed at least one semester and no more than two semesters at Louisiana College and have a local GPA of at least 3.70. To petition the honors council, students must fill out a C. S. Lewis Entrance Petition Form with attached unofficial transcript, have all current and past LC professors as well as the Dean of Students and the Director of Academic Integrity fill out a recommendation form, and electronically submit a writing sample of 1000-1500 words. All of this information is due to the office of the program director by the last day to withdraw from courses with a ‘W’. Decisions will be delivered two weeks later.
Transfer students from other Honors programs will be considered on a case-by-case basis. These transfer students will be required to fill out a C. S. Lewis Entrance Petition Form with attached unofficial transcript, have all honors instructors from the previous institution fill out a recommendation form, and electronically submit a writing sample of 1000-1500 words. All of this information is due to the office of the program director at least three weeks before coursework at Louisiana College commences.
To continue in the program students must maintain a 3.00 cumulative GPA and may not receive a grade below a “C” in any honors courses. The Registrar will verify students’ eligibility to remain in the honors program at the end of every semester. Students who earn less than a “C” in any honors course will receive a letter notifying them that they have been dropped from the program. Students whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.0, will receive a letter notifying them that they have been placed on probation in the program and have one semester to achieve the minimum GPA requirement. After one semester on probation, students who have failed to earn the 3.0 GPA requirement will receive a letter notifying them that they have been dismissed from the program.
Additional grounds for dismissal are as follows:
- Fails to participate satisfactorily in the Honor’s Colloquium Courses
- Fails to comply with the codes of student conduct as stated in the Louisiana College Handbook
- Does not comply with the LC statement on academic integrity
- Exhibits emotional or personal problems that interfere with interpersonal relationships in class or program activities. That student will be advised of such problems. After counseling with faculty and/or the Director of the Program and/or VPAA, the student may be referred for additional counseling. Unless the student follows through with counseling and improvement of behavior, the student will face dismissal from the program.
Note: Should students be removed from the program their scholarships will likely be affected.
Upon receipt of the letter terminating participation in the program, students who believe that special circumstances warrant an exception to this policy may file a written appeal with the Honors Council. The appeal should be in the form of a letter submitted to the Honors Council through the Director of the Honors Program explaining the situation and providing documentation of extenuating circumstances. The letter must include the following: (1) an explanation of the circumstances that prevented the student from meeting the academic requirements outlined in this policy, (2) if applicable and available, documentation of the extenuating circumstances, and (3) an action plan for improved academic performance meaning what the student plans to do differently to succeed in the honors program. The appeal must be filed at least seven calendar days prior to the beginning of the semester in which the student seeks readmittance to the honors program. Should the Honors Council deny the appeal, the student may appeal to the VPAA. The VPAA’s decision on such appeals is final.
Any student wishing to wirhdraw from the C. S. Lewis Honors Program must fill out a withdraw form found in the office of the program director. Should the student wish to re-enroll in the program after withdrawal they must do so in writing at least fourteen calendar days before the start of the semester. Students may not sit out a semester (summer terms are not included) and seek readmittance.
Note: Should students withdraw from the program their scholarships will likely be affected.
Honors’ Colloquia - 3 hours total, taken from HN 100 , HN 101 , HN 200 , HN 201 , HN 300 , HN 301 , (½ hour colloquium credit each), HN 302 , HN 303 , HN 304 (1 hour colloquium credit each), and HN 305 (3 hours colloquium credit).
RL 103 , RL 104 , EN 205 , HI 204 , AR 370 or CH 370 , PI 304 .
In their senior year, honors students are required to present a proposal to the director for and enroll in a three-hour course (minimum) relating to their major. This course must be an internship, a project, or a thesis course, must be approved by a subcommittee of the Honor Council, be interdisciplinary in nature, and have a culminating written component that can be presented in the C. S. Lewis Honors Program Forum. Details relating to procedures may be found in the C. S. Lewis Honors Handbook.
*All honors courses are for C. S. Lewis Honors students in good standing only, except for HN 302-304 where honors students are given priority. Non-honors students may participate in HN 302-304 to fill needed numbers at the discretion of the director and instructor.
^Should a student fail an honors course and be removed from the program they may NOT repeat the course. The grade stands on the transcript and the equivalent non-honors course(s) must be taken to fulfill the central curriculum requirement.
Relation of Honors Courses to the Central Curriculum
||EN 200 or EN 201
||HI 101 and HI 102
||Natural Science or Fine Arts
______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ^Should students fail HI 204 and be permanently removed from the program they must take both HI 101 and HI 102 to fulfill the central curriculum requirements.
*Should students fail AR 370 and be permanently removed from the program they must take a fine arts course to fulfill the central curriculum requirements.
#Should student fail CH 370 and be permanently removed from the program they must take a natural science and lab to fulfill the central curriculum requirements.
&The decision to take this course as CH or AR is left to the student and the student’s advisor. If taken as AR it will fulfill the central curriculum requirement for fine arts. If taken as CH it will fulfill the central curriculum requirement for a natural science lecture and lab.
With the approval of the student’s academic advisor, Honors students may take up to 21 hours per semester with no additional overload costs.