The Citadel's Honors Program is a specially designed educational experience meeting the needs of students with an outstanding record of academic achievement and a sense of intellectual adventure. While pursuing any one of seventeen degree programs offered by The Citadel, Honors Students take a series of Core Curriculum Honors courses--for example, studies based in literature and writing, history, and mathematics,--concentrated in their first two years, and an occasional Honors Seminar in their third and fourth years.
For the qualified student, advantages of the Honors Program are clear:
SPECIAL PROGRAM OF PRE-PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING. Beginning in your freshman year and continuing through your senior year, you will have a series of counseling sessions concerning your personal and professional goals. Partly through discussion and partly through a program of research and writing, you will receive guidance in discovering more about your future career. You will also be guided in developing a vision of how you can best serve your profession and, through it, our society. The Honors Program takes this pre-professional program so seriously that it awards academic credit for the research and writing you will do as a part of it. One of your freshman essays will address these concerns. Subsequently, you will enroll in a series of 1-hour courses (HONR 211, 311, and 411: Personal and Professional Development) which will pick up where that first essay left off.
SMALL CLASSES. Having only 12-15 students in your Honors classes will mean a greater opportunity to interact both with your classmates and with your professor.
DISCUSSION-STYLE TEACHING. Though some lecturing may be included, in general Honors courses will be taught through class discussion led by your Honors Professor as well as by you and your classmates. When you take an active part in class, you will find it more interesting, and you will learn more, too.
TUTORIAL SESSIONS. As part of every Honors course, you will meet individually with your professor on a regular schedule to work on projects related to your class work, such as a writing assignment or a laboratory experiment. You will have the opportunity to develop the kind of personal student-teacher relationship here which is more difficult to achieve in the normal curriculum. Such one-on-one experiences, built into the Honors Program, will be an invaluable advantage to you in many ways, both personal and academic.
SPECIAL CURRICULUM. Your Honors courses are specially designed only for the Honors Program. They address not just "what," but "why" and "how." Often interdisciplinary, they go beyond the rote accumulation of facts to emphasize the larger and more important issues of the significance of those facts.
FELLOW HONORS STUDENTS. Your Honors classmates will be among the brightest and most intellectually active in the school. You can expect to learn from them as well as from your professors, both in class and out.
STUDENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE. You will have the opportunity to participate actively in the administration of the Honors Program through this student committee, which will advise the Honors Director on matters such as faculty selection, course development, and social activities.
HONORS FACULTY. Your professors will be handpicked from The Citadel's best teachers, noteworthy for their outstanding scholarly achievement, their openness and flexibility, and their demonstrated teaching skills.
SPECIAL DIPLOMA SEAL AND TRANSCRIPT. A paragraph will be placed at the beginning of your official college transcript indicating that you have completed The Citadel's Honors Program and describing the requirements and philosophy of the program, so that potential employers and graduate/professional school admissions deans will know that you are one of the very best students at our college. Also, a distinctive seal will be attached to your Citadel diploma in recognition of this significant accomplishment.
EMPHASIS ON LEADERSHIP. The Honors Program has a strong tradition of producing leaders for the Corps of Cadets. All up and down the chain of command, Honors Program students are in positions of responsibility in numbers far disproportionate to the small size of our program. Chances are good that the future Regimental Commander will be one of your classmates when you enter the Honors Program as a freshman--or maybe the Regimental Commander will be you. We will work with you to develop a style of leadership which works here at The Citadel and, we believe, beyond our gates as well. See the Honors Program's Hall of Regimental Commanders.