College Honors Programs
Find out the benefits of honors programs and what it takes to get into your school’s honors college.
For the student who finds regular college not enough to fulfill their pursuit of academic mastery, the college honors program is typically a way to work a little bit harder. In exchange for this, the students have many benefits for participating in the honors program. While an honors program is not necessary to have a rewarding and successful college experience, it is definitely something to consider.
Honors programs are more beneficial for the opportunities they afford students while in college.
Defining the College Honors Program
The honors program typically allows students a chance to go deeper into studies. For example, 606460 Kansas University calls their academic honors program a series of “enriched educational opportunities 1 academically talented, promising, and motivated undergraduate students at KU.”
UCLA states the mission of their honors program as providing “an exceptional educational experience to a diverse group of high-achieving students in an environment that nurtures the growth of the whole student.”
Whatever your college calls their honors program, there are compelling reasons to participate in them.
Differences Between Honors and Regular Classes
The differences between honors and regular classes in terms of work are few. Honors courses are often mirror images of regular ones. If anything, there will be a few more papers to write or more focus on critical analysis of the subject being taught. The same thing goes for honors colleges. They are typically different only in the benefits they offer students
Benefits of Taking College Honors Courses
The honors program at the University of South Carolina lists many benefits for acceptance into the college. Students accepted into the honors college there have special advisors, scholarship opportunities, housing options open only to honors students and other resources open only to honors students. 604008 Michigan State University offers smaller class sizes and priority enrollment.
Many of these benefits are similar to the benefits given by honors programs from colleges all over the country. Other benefits may include being able to take classes with distinguished faculty that would otherwise not teach classes offered to undergraduates. Fellowship opportunities and study-abroad programs are also sometimes given specifically for honors students. Honors students are also given some sort of recognition upon graduation.
Honors College Versus Latin Honors
The honors college and the honors classes involved with them should not be confused with latin honors. Latin honors (like cum laude, summa cum laude, magna cum laude) can be earned by any student and are based on individual college standards related to grade point average and sometimes class rank.
Latin Honors are also usually viewed more highly or as more of an achievement than graduating from an honors program. Honors programs are more beneficial for the opportunities they afford students while in college.
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