What is the Honors Program
at Columbia College?
The Columbia College Honors program is an elite
program. It allows students to respond to the challenges confronting the next
generation of scholars, via multidisciplinary and
Honors courses within the General
Education curriculum and beyond are
consistent with students' academic abilities,
preparation and goals. The courses resonate with
any academic major or minor. They provide
opportunities for students to discover intellectual curiosities and to engage in community
service. Additionally, students develop critical thinking skills and to
excel in oral and written expression.
Why join the Honors Program?
In addition to the academic benefits of taking classes with high-performing peers, Honors Program members enjoy other benefits.
- You will be able to register for classes before other
students, allowing you first choice of classes each semester.
- You will have the opportunity to live with other
Honors Program students. A section of the
residence halls is designated as an Honors Program
Living Learning Community.
- You will also be able to take an unlimited number of
credit hours each semester without incurring a
course overload fee. In addition to potentially saving
you money, this could allow you to complete
your degree more quickly.
- You may count any academic credit earned through Study Abroad toward required hours for maintenance of Columbia
- You will have automatic membership in the Honors Student Association (HSA), a student club. HSA is an official partner with the Schiffman Ethics in Society Lecture Series, the college's most prestigious public event.
What do current Honors students enjoy about the program?
"I like the opportunity to do different things in class. We are making a documentary in history class rather than it being lecture based."
"Being able to go over 18 credit hours so I can take classes that interest me as well as the ones I need."
"Creating relationships with others who value their education as much as I do."
"I love the student-led nature of it."
"Working with equally ambitious people."
Are you Honors
The Honors Program is for
high-achieving students who approach liberal arts and sciences with excitement
and engagement. Honors
students will conduct genuine inquiry and
collaborative learning, often across disciplines,
and will engage their worlds meaningfully.
Criteria for admission
To be considered for admission to the
Columbia College Honors Program, you
must meet the following criteria:
- 3.6 high school GPA
- 26 ACT or 1200 SAT or 2800 GED
- 30 transferable credit hours with a 3.6 GPA
How to apply to the Honors
- Complete the application for admission
- Send your official high school transcripts,
college transcripts (if applicable) and ACT
or SAT scores to the Office of the Registrar
at 1001 Rogers St., Columbia, MO 65216.
- Once admitted to Columbia College, you
will be sent an application for admission to
the Honors Program. It will ask you to write a short essay. On receipt of your essay, we will notify you about your admission to the program within 10 days.
For more information about the Honors Program at
Columbia College, please contact the admissions
office using the information listed below.
Office of Admissions
1001 Rogers St.
Columbia, MO 65216
Phone: (573) 875-7352
Honors Program Coursework
To graduate with honors, you must complete at least
18 academic hours in the Honors Program. You must also complete a one
semester hour community service project for Honors
310 prior to graduation.
Required coursework: 6 semester hours
- COLL 133H: General Education Foundations Seminar (required for incoming freshmen only; otherwise waived) 3 hours
- HNRS 310: Honors Service 1 hour
- PHIL 330H: Ethics (special section for Honors students) 3 hours
Elective coursework: 12 semester hours
- Honors General Education: 0-6 hours
- HNRS 340 Schiffman Lecture 3 hours
- Honors Topics: 0-6 hours
- Study Abroad: 1-3 hours
- Guided Research, including Bachelor's with Distinction: 3-6 hours
Bachelor’s degree with Distinction
If you choose to pursue a bachelor’s degree with Distinction, you can receive academic credit for successful completion of your Distinction project.