Jun 20, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Honors College

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Honors College Scholar or Honors College Fellow


A student may graduate from Lipscomb’s Honors College either as an Honors College Scholar or as an Honors College Fellow. Honors College Fellows complete the requirements for Honors College Scholar and additionally submit a senior honors thesis on a topic approved by the Director. Exceptions or substitutions for core requirements may be made at the discretion of the Director. All graduates from the Honors College must have a cumulative 3.5 GPA in all courses at graduation. Further, students must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 at the end of the freshman year, and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 in subsequent semesters to maintain good standing in the Honors College.  
Honors College Scholars and Fellows are required to complete the Liberal Arts Heritage Core Curriculum, which consists of six core areas described below. Honors College students will register for the HN course designating a particular core while registering for the disciplinary course that satisfies that particular core area. For example, to satisfy the HLAH: The Ancient World core requirement, a student would register for HN 2100 (Honors Liberal Arts Heritage Core: The Ancient World) while also registering for HI 3103 (Ancient Civilizations), HI 3113 (Medieval Europe), HI 4053 (History and Politics of the Middle East), PO 3253 (Classical Political Thought), or PL 3213 (Ancient & Medieval Philosophy).


Liberal Arts Heritage: The Ancient World

The liberal arts disciplines were forged in antiquity in an effort to understand the world and make sense of human experience. These courses will focus on important historical, political, and/or philosophical questions and issues salient to the classical period through the medieval period.

*This core satisfies LUHP Requirement. This core may be satisfied by concurrent registration of the courses below or a similar course approved by the Director of the Honors College.

Liberal Arts Heritage: The Modern World

The close of the late middle ages brought sweeping intellectual changes and, with them, the dawn of modernity. These courses will focus on important historical, political, and/or philosophical questions and issues salient since the 15th and 16th centuries. This core may be satisfied by concurrent registration of the courses below or a similar course approved by the Director of the Honors College.

Liberal Arts Heritage: Literature

Throughout the ages, literature has inspired and shaped human experience - and contributed to the development of a liberal arts education. These courses will highlight some of the most important literary works and grapple with the perennially significant questions they pose. Satisfies LULT Requirement

Liberal Arts Heritage: The Sciences

In the liberal arts tradition, the study of natural philosophy, later known as “science”, provided new ways of knowing driven by the posing and testing of hypotheses, systematic observation, and falsifiable prediction. These courses will expose Honors College students to the basic principles of the sciences and consider their societal implications. Satisfies LUMS

Liberal Arts Heritage: Society & Perspectives

Our liberal arts heritage grapples with questions related to the ways we interact as a society and the various perspectives we consider. These courses equip students with the tools needed for engaging in conversations of significance in a diverse world.  Satisfies LUSS Requirement.

Liberal Arts Heritage: Faith & Reason

How should faith and reason relate to one another? This question has been answered in a variety of ways throughout human history. These courses will encourage students to consider the relationship between faith and reason by examining the role of faith in a variety of academic disciplines. 

Additional Requirements:

Honors College students in good standing must register for an Honors Orientation (HN1910) or Honors Colloquium (HN1920, HN2910, HN2920, HN3910, HN3920, HN4910, HN4920) each fall and spring semester. 

Honors Contracts

In some circumstances, students may obtain honors credit by doing honors-level work in regular courses by means of a contract arrangement with the course instructor and the Director. The honors contract seeks to foster creativity and independence of scholarship as well as to develop a mentoring relationship with the faculty member. The contract project should add to the academic dimension of the course by introducing new material or by allowing the student to pursue in greater depth one of the topics on the syllabus. The project should be of sufficient scope for the student to present its results at a conference. The proposed contract must be approved by the Advisory Committee by the end of the sixth week of the semester. Instructions on completing honors contracts are available on the Honors College website, on the Canvas site for Honors Orientation and Colloquia courses, or may be obtained from the Program Coordinator.

Honors Courses

The Honors College curriculum serves as a substitute for much of the general education requirements for the university. The approach is deliberately interdisciplinary, inviting students to explore and understand how each of the various branches of learning in the university talk to each other and how learning several disciplinary “languages” can encourage both a broader and deeper understanding of the questions and answers offered inside of all courses. Students in The Honors College should not think that they are getting rid of general education requirements. Rather they should focus on how this integrated curriculum encourages them to develop their abilities to learn, to speak and to write about the significant issues within academic disciplines and within the civil society of which they are a part.

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