Honors Certificate and Honors Scholar Requirements

What are the requirements for the Richland College Honors Scholar and the Richland College Honors Certificate?

The Richland College Honors Scholar designation is awarded to students who complete a minimum of 15 hours of Honors academic course work at Richland College with grades of “A” or “B” and a minimum of 10 clock hours of approved co-curricular activity and 6 clock hours of extra-curricular activity prior to graduation or transfer.

The Richland College Honors Certificate is awarded to students who, in addition to completing 9 hours of Honors academic course work at Richland College with grades of “A” or “B”, also complete a minimum of 3 clock hours of approved co-curricular activities and 3 clock hours of extra-curricular activities prior to graduation or transfer.

What are extra-curricular and co-curricular activities?

A comprehensive Honors education includes regular engagement with cultural activities and opportunities for enrichment that go beyond the classroom. Extra-curricular components allow students to become full participants in a wide variety of cultural, aesthetic, artistic, and innovative endeavors and presentations that are outside of the honors student’s normal area of studies.

A truly enriched learning experience fosters academic excellence through intensive faculty student interaction and gives students the chance to put their studies into practice. Co-curricular components complement the honors student’s curriculum studies by providing additional experiential learning in the student’s academic area and exposing students to academic development that will further scholarly enquiry and investigation.