Honors Program

Thrive on challenge? Apply to our Honors Program.

Designed for students who love to push themselves, our Honors Program groups talented students in special sections of our Autumn Term and first-year Human Experience courses.

Honors students continue meeting weekly throughout their second year in an Honors Colloquium, including field trips, writing assignments, career planning activities and discussions of interest to their particular group. 

Official description and course listing

HONORS PROGRAM

The Honors Program at Eckerd College provides enhanced opportunities for students of outstanding ability to interact and learn from each other through class discussions and group activities. Selected students are brought together for close interaction and advanced work, such studies receiving permanent recognition on the students' transcripts.

Honors students meet all general education requirements. In addition, first-year Honors students meet for a year-long extra course. In the second and third years of the Honors program, participants take two courses designated as Honors courses as part of their general education requirements. These Honors courses should represent different perspective or academic areas. Seniors in the Honors Program participate in a colloquium in which they present their Senior thesis research, creative projects, or their work for comprehensive examinations.

Students who wish to be considered for the Honors Program in the Freshman year must file an acceptable application for admission to Eckerd College which serves as their application for the Honors Program as well. Interested students are encouraged to write the Dean of Admission for additional information.

New transfer students and students already enrolled in the college, including students who may have applied unsuccessfully to the Honors Program earlier, are also eligible for admission as vacancies in the program occur at the upper levels. Students who are interested in making application to the Honors Program after they are enrolled in the college should contact the director of the Honors Program.

HP1 184: Honors Program - 1st Semester
The first year course for students in the Honors Program. Students meet weekly for the academic year and are awarded a course credit. Admission is by application to the Honors Program Director. Two semesters required for one course credit.

HP2 184: Honors Program - 2nd semester
The first year course for students in the Honors Program. Students meet weekly for the academic year and are awarded a course credit. Admission is by application to the Honors Program Director. Two semesters required for one course credit. Prerequisite: HP1 184.

HP 220: Perspectives on Sex & Gender
Provides a multi-disciplinary introduction to research on gender and sexuality. Includes perspectives from natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Sophomores in the Honors program have priority for registration; others may enroll on a space available basis.

HP1 410: Senior Honors Colloquium - 1st Semester
A student-directed seminar focusing on both common curriculum experiences and specific policy and values issues related to the students' individual disciplines. Students taking the Senior Honors Colloquium also take the Senior Seminar in their collegium or discipline if it is required. Two semesters required for one course credit.

HP2 410: Senior Honors Colloquium - 2nd Semester
A student-directed seminar focusing on both common curriculum experiences and specific policy and values issues related to the students' individual disciplines. Students taking the Senior Honors Colloquium also take the Senior Seminar in their collegium or discipline if it is required. Two semesters required for one course credit. Prerequisite: HP1 410.

Your Eckerd Admissions application serves as your application to our Honors Program.
As a senior, you’ll all take an honors section of the senior capstone course.
Current students may also apply for the Honors Program by contacting the Director of the Honors Program at vincenhl@eckerd.edu.