Honors Program

Mission

Glenville State College’s Honors Program is an interdisciplinary program that examines the world around us, explores diversity, advances research, promotes civic engagement, and prepares leaders for the 21st century.

Overview

Honors Program students in a classThe Glenville State College Honors Program brings together students who have demonstrated academic excellence and are seeking an academically stimulating environment to explore their interests with expert faculty who will encourage and challenge them to create innovative and meaningful work in college and beyond.

The Honors Program helps prepare students for graduate-level study and their careers. Members of the Honors Program work with academics and professionals to begin making intellectual contributions to those fields even before they graduate college. Recent and current Honors Program students have researched evolutionary biology alongside faculty in Panama, written a young adult novel, mapped and surveyed private family cemeteries throughout local counties, studied the effectiveness of elementary-school summer-enrichment programs, and analyzed the emerging role of artificial intelligence in accounting.

If you are looking to challenge yourself academically and have some fun doing so, we encourage you to apply to the Glenville State College Honors Program!

Qualifications

High school students applying to Glenville State College may apply directly to the Honors Program. Applicants must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.7. Qualified high school applicants should review the admissions information below and submit an application form. Are you a first-time freshman at GSC who did not apply as a high school student but would have qualified? Click here for further information.

Admission

Potential Honors Program applicants must:

  1. Complete the Honors Program online application
  2. Write a 400 word essay on the following topic:

    Using your experiences both in school and in extracurricular/community-service/employment opportunities, discuss how you think individuals in the increasingly complex and diverse experiences of the 21st century should demonstrate good leadership skills and civic mindedness and why those methods are most fruitful.
     
  3. Provide a list of extracurricular/community activities that relate to leadership, service, and/or diversity
  4. Take part in an interview with the Honors Program screening committee
  5. Submit a recommendation letter from a school official that speaks to the applicant’s leadership and community service

Description

The Honors Program is a four-year program designed to help select students develop scholarship, creativity, and critical thinking skills necessary for the leaders and citizens of tomorrow.

Honors Program students complete 12 credit hours of honors coursework, which includes three honors seminars, one each in their first, second, and third years, and an independent study completed with the Honors Program Director and faculty mentor in their final year. The Honors Program seminars provide distinctive and engaging coursework centered on the Program’s commitment to studying diversity, ethics, leadership, and more. Honors Program students also complete 12 credit hours of honors-enriched coursework in their general education classes, their upper-division courses in their major and minor, or their study abroad experiences. 

Other Rewards

Accepted Honors Program students who maintain program requirements (3.50 GPA and a B or better in all Honors Program coursework) receive the following benefits:

  • $1,500/year ($750/semester) scholarship for up to four years
  • $500/year ($250/semester) housing allotment if living in campus housing for up to four years
  • Parking permit fee waiver
  • Honors Program parking permit (same privileges as commuter permits)
  • Access to special events, field trips, and study abroad opportunities
  • Priority registration for classes

Program Requirements

Honors Program students must maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA at the end of each academic year and must complete Honors Program Seminars and general honors credit requirements in accordance with the plan of study found in the catalog. Honors Program students may receive a one-semester probation if their GPA declines below a 3.5 or if they fail to meet curricular milestones on time, at the discretion of the Honors Program Steering Committee. Failure to regain a 3.5 cumulative GPA or meet curricular milestones at the end of that probationary period may result in removal from the Honors Program and the rescinding of all member privileges.

Contact

Dr. Schuyler J. Chapman
Assistant Professor of English
402 Harry B. Heflin Administration Building
304-462-6326
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