The Honors Program at Guilford College supports a vision of students as active, empowered agents of their own education, and also as vital co-contributors to our academic community. The program provides students with opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills, to explore multiple disciplines for the love of learning, and to share the fruits of their investigations with others.
Goals of the Program
- Develop academic camaraderie
- Foster intellectual curiosity
- Engage in advanced research
- Excel in their coursework
- Honors Program students attend weekly seminars
- Participate in monthly meetings
- Work with faculty members to develop specialized honors courses (contract course) in their sophomore year
- Present their projects/research at the Guilford Undergraduate Symposium
- Participate in a special January term
- Engage in internship or study abroad experiences
- Complete a senior thesis/project
Contract Course/Specialized Honors Course
Instead of taking an honors seminar in the second year, a student selects a course he or she is already planning on taking and works with his or her professor to transform it into an honors course by developing a project that takes the content of the course to a deeper level, resulting in a tangible product that can be presented to others.
Each year of the Honors Program at Guilford College, students have the opportunity to earn $250 (up to a four year total of $1000) for use in the senior year to help purchase research materials, attend conferences, present research or consult collections elsewhere, and apply for graduate/professional programs.
Two students from each class, elected by their peers, will have the chance to participate on the Student Advisory Council and help plan academic and social events, articulate goals and visions for the Program each year, engage in appropriate fundraising, advise the Faculty Council on student ideas and engagement, and support recruitment and community building.
Most students are admitted to the Honors Program at Guilford College as entering first-year students. Based on standardized test scores, high school achievement, writing samples and recommendations, students are invited to apply to the Program. In addition, currently matriculated students who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher are invited to join the Program. The Program is open to all full-time, degree-seeking students majoring in all departments and programs of the College. Successful completion of the Honors Program is noted at graduation and on the student’s transcript. For more information, please contact Honors Program Director Heather Hayton at firstname.lastname@example.org or (336) 316-2397.