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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

1700 Honors College

Office of the Dean

Sarah L. Cook, Interim Dean
Lauri Goodling, Associate Dean, Perimeter College

Centennial Hall, Suite 200
100 Auburn Avenue


General Information

The Honors College serves high ability students in undergraduate programs of study in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, College of Arts & Sciences, College of the Arts, College of Education and Human Development, J. Mack Robinson School of Business, Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing, and School of Public Health. Honors courses, sections, dimensions, independent readings/research, and theses are taught and supervised by faculty in all colleges.


The Honors College was established in 2011 and evolved from the College of Arts & Sciences Honors Program which began in 1975. A major goal of the College is to enhance the quality of undergraduate education and  create transformational learning experiences. The Honors College serves eligible students studying across all Georgia State University colleges with undergraduate programs of study including the Andrew Young School  of Policy Studies, College of Arts and Science, College of the Arts, College of Education and Human Development, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Lewis School of Nursing, Perimeter College, School of Public  Health, and Institute of Biomedical Sciences.

The Honors College provides the advantages of a small, highly-selective college with the breadth of programs and opportunities of a large research university. The College is open to incoming freshmen, transition and  transfer students, and currently enrolled students who meet eligibility requirements. Honors students take small, seminar-based classes and develop mentoring relationships with outstanding faculty members. Honors  sections of a number of regular courses, many of which meet core curriculum requirements (Areas A - E), are offered throughout the academic year. In addition, students in the Honors College may enroll in upper division  courses, special interdisciplinary and service-learning courses, and research and write an honors thesis. Students in the college may earn honors recognitions that are noted on diplomas and transcripts, and pursue  additional opportunities such as internships and study abroad experiences to enrich the quality of their education. Honors students may also take advantage of dedicated facilities, a dedicated librarian, priority  registration, merit scholarships, graduate and professional school advising, national fellowship and scholarship advising, special travel and study abroad opportunities, and specialized housing in the Honors Living  Learning Community in the University Commons and Patton Hall.

1700.10 Admission

Admission to the Honors College (Atlanta campus) is competitive. Criteria for admission depend upon student status at the time of application.

Entering Freshmen (Atlanta campus): Admission to the Honors College upon admission to the university is typically limited to the top 5-8% of the bachelor degree-seeking fall freshman class. Entering freshmen should  have an outstanding high school grade-point average combined with excellent SAT or ACT score; Honors students usually have a record of meaningful community service, leadership, and/or extra-curricular activity. High school students who are jointly enrolled will also be considered.

Continuing students: Students who were admitted to the Atlanta campus as freshmen but were not admitted to the Honors College at the time of admission may apply to the Honors College during the spring application period. A minimum of 24 credit hours and have a cumulative institutional GPA of at least 3.5 are required for consideration.

Perimeter College Honors students: Perimeter College Honors students transitioning to the Atlanta campus may enter the Atlanta campus Honors College if they are in good standing for the Honors College (i.e., have a  cumulative institutional GPA of at least 3.3) and have at least 12 hours of Honors credit.

Other Perimeter College transition students and transfer students: Perimeter College transition students not already in the Honors College and transfer students must have 30 hours completed with a GPA of 3.5 to be  considered for admission to the Honors College.

The application for admission to the Honors College will open for submissions on March 1 and close on May 1 each year; applicants will be evaluated based on their completed credit hours and cumulative institutional  grade point averages as of the completion of the spring semester. Admission to the Honors College is for the fall semester and is offered on a space-available basis to the most highly qualified applicants. Students who  do not meet the minimum academic requirements for admission consideration but wish to pursue Honors course work should contact the Honors College staff.

1700.20 Academic Resources & Services

Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (OURF), housed in the Honors College, encourages all Georgia State students and alumni to pursue undergraduate research and national award and fellowship opportunities, such as Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs), the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the Gilman Scholarship, and the Rhodes Scholarship. Students seeking to elevate their college experience work with the office to determine appropriate research, award, and fellowship opportunities, identify resources and engage in experiences designed to make them competitive in their field and prepare them for a lifetime of success. Through relevant individual and group mentoring and advisement, the OURF provides an educational experience aimed to enhance students’ understanding of their strengths, guide students on their academic and professional paths, and expand their network.  The OURF offers a variety of programs to help students compete for these transformative experiences.

University Assistantship Program

Honors College students have an opportunity to apply to the University Assistantship Program (UAP). The UAP provides $2,500 per year to students working on research, creative, or professional work with faculty members or staff in relevant offices.  The award is contingent on satisfactory performance in the placement and good academic standing in the Honors College and required 3.5 GPA.

Internships and Study Abroad

The Honors College offers internships both locally and through the London Experience in London, England. In London, opportunities are available for internships in government, public relations, fashion, risk/reward  management, government relations and public affairs, film and video, business administration, and private wealth management. The College also offers a variety of other internships and works individually with students to identify internship opportunities. Internship opportunities are open to students from all majors.


The Honors College publishes DISCOVERY, an undergraduate research journal that showcases Honors College students’ research and creative works. The journal is published annually in hard copy and online at ScholarWorks@GeorgiaStateUniversity. Co-edited by faculty and students, all submissions are peerreviewed and accepted for review throughout the year.

Herndon Human Rights Initiative

The Herndon Human Rights Initiative recognizes the legacy of Alonzo F. & Norris B. Herndon in the modern civil rights movements. The Initiative sponsors an annual experimental, research-based course that culminates in a university and community presentation. The Initiative also funds Herndon Scholarships for students with demonstrated participation in research, creative work, or service in support of human rights.

Accelerated Bachelor’s/J.D. program

Students who enter the college with at least 15 credit hours from high school may be eligible for the Accelerated Bachelor’s/J.D. degree program. Credits from high school typically come through programs such as  Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or dual enrollment. Eligibility is subject to approval by the program coordinator in the Honors College as well as by the Office of Admissions in the College of Law.  Students must complete all of the course requirements for their undergraduate major (not including non-major electives) as well as submitting a statement of interest to the Honors College program coordinator.  Students will also need to take the LSAT and complete the College of Law’s application process. Students will be classified as undergraduates during their first year in the College of Law and will earn their bachelor’s  degree when they successfully complete all first-year law courses, typically at the end of their fourth year. Credits earned during the first year of law school can be used to fulfill upper-level elective and residency  requirements for the bachelor’s degree.


The Honors College maintains a computer lab with desktop carrels and areas for group collaboration. Students can print at reduced rates in the lab, and all computers and software are routinely upgraded.

Study Lounges, Project Rooms, Kitchen, and Lockers

The College has three study lounges throughout the college, conference rooms, a group study room, lockers, and a dedicated student kitchen.

1700.30 College Academic Regulations

Scholastic Standard

Continuation in the Honors College requires students to maintain at least a 3.3 cumulative grade-point average. A student whose average falls below 3.3 will be given two academic terms in which to attain a 3.3 average  again, at which point the student may continue to take honors courses.

Active-Inactive Status

Although there is no minimum number of courses required to remain enrolled in the Honors College, students who are in good academic standing in the program (see above) and who have taken at least one honors  course in the past three academic terms (including summer session) will be considered active in the program. Students newly admitted to the college will be counted as active during their first four academic terms. All  others will be considered inactive.

One-Semester Registration

Any student in the university with a 3.0 or higher GPA may take one honors course without being admitted to the college. Authorization for all honors courses must be obtained prior to registration from the Honors College office.

1700.40 Degree Requirements

The Honors College does not confer a degree. Students earn their degree through the college in which their program is situated. Students in the college may earn honors recognitions that are noted on their transcript.

1700.50 Honors Recognitions and Requirements

Students are encouraged to earn one formal recognition bestowed by the College: 1. Honors Laureate or 2. Research Laureate. Recognition of Laureates is recorded on transcripts and acknowledged at the Honors
College graduation ceremony and the University’s Commencement.

Honors recognitions require 3.3 grade-point averages overall and in honors coursework. No courses with grades of D or F may be applied toward the requirements for Honors or Research Laureate.

Honors Laureate: Conferred to students who complete at least 24 credit hours of coursework in honors courses at Georgia State University. Honors credits can be completed in lower division courses to fulfill the core  (Areas A -F), in upper-division courses to fulfill the major (Areas F - G), or electives. No more than 12 hours of lower division credit and no less than 6 hours of credit in HON 3000-4000 courses may be applied to the  Honors Laureate recognition.

Research Laureate: Conferred to students who complete an honors thesis as a part of the Honors Laureate requirements plus one other research activity as specified below. The Research Laureate does not require  additional credit requirements beyond the Honors Laureate; it specifies that students take one or both research courses (HON 4870 ; HON 4880 ) within the required minimum of 24 hours.

Students can become an Honors or Research Laureate by taking a selection of upper and lower division courses from the following categories.

  1. HON 1000: Students entering as freshmen are required to complete a HON 1000 seminar. Accepted applicants and transition students may complete a HON 1000 seminar but HON 1000 is not a requirement.
  2. Lower Division Courses: Honors-Only sections in the core or Honors Add-On sections in any lower division course. Students may apply no more than 12 credits in lower division courses.
  3. Upper Division Courses: Students may complete courses in the following categories:
    1. HON 3000 - 4000 courses including interdisciplinary seminars, service learning courses, colloquia, Honors-Only or Honors Add-On sections in upper-division courses, or Honors Enrichment Contracts. Students must earn no less than 6 credits of HON 3000-4000 courses.
    2. No more than 6 credits in special initiatives such as a second Critical Thinking through Writing course, a Writing Across the Curriculum course, a Digital Learning course, a Women Lead course, a departmental or  program signature experience, study abroad courses, domestic field schools; the Georgia Legislative Internship Program or the Honors College London Experience,
    3. Graduate courses: 6000 or 8000 level courses with permission of the instructor or College Office of Academic Assistance

Students who wish to be recognized as a Research Laureate may complete HON 4870  but must complete HON 4880  within the 24 required credit hours. The student would also need to complete one of three other research activities: 1. Present work at GSURC, 2. submit a manuscript to DISCOVERY, the Honors College Research Journal, or 3. Present at a professional or student-oriented research conference.

Early in their course of study students will be asked to declare their intent to pursue the Honors or Research Laureate recognition. If students indicate a desire to obtain a laureate recognition, they are required to meet with their Honors Academic Advisor on a yearly basis to ensure they are on track to meet requirements without delaying graduation.

1700.60 Office of Academic Advising

Academic Advisement

The Honors College provides the following services each semester to active Honors students:

  • Academic advisement and honors course selection
  • Review of AP credit and IB credit and how the credit applies to an academic program
  • Review of all honors credit and requirements for Honors recognition at graduation

Honors students are advised on an appointment basis. To schedule an appointment with an honors academic advisor, call 404-413-5577. Students are urged to arrange for advisement in their departments and in the  Honors College regularly and well in advance of registration to take full advantage of honors offerings. Students should also meet with their academic advisor in the University Advisement Center and as they advance,  with their college’s Office of Academic Assistance.

1700.70 Student Complaints, Petitions, Policy Waivers and Variances, and Appeals

The appeals procedure for students in the Honors College will follow different courses depending on the nature of the student’s appeal. Please refer to University Information Section 1050.80 under Policies and Disclosures in this catalog or visit enrollment.gsu.edu/assistance for details.