Honors College

Honors Contract Application

The Honors College is an integrated set of courses, seminars, colloquia, independent study projects and other events designed to add unique dimensions and depth to the capable student’s university experience. The program will challenge and support students who are among the most highly motivated to achieve academic success.

Admission to the Honors College

Entering freshmen with a composite ACT score of 26 or higher AND/OR a 3.4 GPA are eligible and encouraged to apply for admission to the Honors College. Other Henderson students, as well as transfers, may consult with the honor director about becoming members of the Honors College or about taking particular Honors College courses.

Honors College Curriculum

During the freshman and sophomore years, it is recommended that students take the following honors courses as part of the HSU liberal arts core:

  • ENG 1803, Freshman English-Honors
  • HIS 1043, Civilization Since 1660-Honors
  • PSY 1073, General Psychology-Honors

During the junior and senior years, students are required to take at least 12 hours of "Honors" designated courses at the 3000 and 4000 levels. At least six of these hours must be satisfied by honors contract work in courses in the student's major field of study. Students usually satisfy the remaining six-hour requirement by completing the following courses:

  • HUM 3073 Honors Colloquium
  • HUM 3083 Honors Seminar

However, students may consult with the honors director regarding options for completing these six hours of the upper-level requirement.

Graduation Requirements

Students who complete 24 hours of appropriate Honors designated course work, earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher by the time of graduation, and satisfy all other requirements for graduation will receive their diplomas with the distinction of Henderson State University Honors College Scholar.


Steve Carter
Director, Honors College
Henderson State University
Box 7641
Arkadelphia, AR 71999-0001