The Citadel Honors Program is designed to provide an exceptionally broad background of cultural knowledge and learning skills which students can then apply to their chosen areas of academic specialization. Most of the Honors Program curriculum will come in courses designed to be taken in lieu of Core Curriculum requirements, and most will, therefore, be taken in the freshman and sophomore years. The other Honors courses will take the place of General Electives, although in some cases individual departments may accept them as Departmental Electives. The emphasis in Honors Program courses will be not primarily acceleration, but enrichment. They will go into extra depth, examining more closely the significance and implications of the material studied, or presenting that material in a broader cultural context.
In general, it is expected that Honors courses will employ discussion in order to establish habits of rigorous inquiry and intellectual independence. The plan behind the curriculum is to create an environment of learning in which the students' intellectual habits can be formed. The patterns and processes of intellectual and scholarly inquiry will be taught, not merely the results of other people's having conducted that inquiry.
Each Honors course will have a tutorial foundation. Individual students, or sometimes small groups, will meet with their instructors frequently--usually, once every week--to discuss and develop ongoing writing, research, and laboratory projects. Tutorials will be arranged at a time mutually convenient for the student and professor.
Honors Program students may follow one of three tracks: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Gold Seal , Science and Engineering Gold Seal , or Honors Certificate (see links for course requirement checklists). Upon completing the requirements for a Honors Gold Seal, students receive an Honors certificate, Honors seal on his or her diploma, and a notation on his or her transcript highlighting the completion of the program and its requirements. Honors certificate candidates will receive all of the above with the exception of the Honors seal.
Course Requirement Checklists