The Citadel Honors Program requirements include students maintaining at least a 3.00 GPA in Honors courses and a 3.00 GPA overall to remain in good standing for the Gold Seal level and Certificate. Additionally, all Honors Program students will exhibit conduct becoming of a cadet. The Honors Council will review the records of all Honors students after each semester and take appropriate action. Students that fall below the standards may be discharged from the Honors Program or placed on Academic Probation.
Most of the Honors Program courses are in lieu of General Education requirements; any additional Honors courses will take the place of General Electives. Find a full description of the requirements for both tracks in the Course Requirement Checklist.
Honors Program Gold Seal General Requirements
The most prestigious Honors Program opportunity is the Gold Seal level. Students must complete at least 27 semester hours of Honors courses for admission. In addition, you must complete the Personal & Professional Development series (3 credits). A majority of these courses will take the place of General Education courses, additional special topics, or Honors Independent Research projects. The college commencement ceremony recognizes Honors Program graduates who complete all Citadel Honors Program requirements for their major. They will receive an Honors Program certificate plus an Honors Gold Seal on their Citadel diploma. A notation citing the completion of the most demanding Honors Program requirements is added to official college transcripts.
Honors Program Certificate General Requirements
Some students may receive an Honors Program Certificate for certain cases. This includes students admitted to The Citadel Honors Program after their first semester or double majors (thus creating scheduling challenges). Honors Program Certificate students must complete at least 18 semester hours of Honors courses. In addition, they must complete the Personal & Professional Development series (3 credits). The commencement ceremony recognizes students as Honors Program participants. A notation indicating the fulfillment of the minimal Honors Program requirements is added to students official college transcripts.
Course Requirement Checklist
There are 2 separate levels of Honors Program completion: Gold Seal and Certificate. The premiere accomplishment is the Gold Seal. Students receive an Honors Program gold seal on their diplomas, and acknowledgment on their transcript for completion of the challenging Honors Program curriculum. The alternate track is the Certificate, earning participants a formal Honors Program certificate in addition to a note on their transcript for participation in the Honors Program. Students admitted to the Honors Program after their first semester and students that are double majors are on the certificate track.
STEM (Non Pre-Med) Majors
Humanities, Psychology, Human Performance, and Pre-Med Majors
Honors Certificate (all majors):
For double-majors/ those who join the Honors Program after their 1st semester
Courses of Study by Major
Current Honors Program students can determine their major requirements by utilizing The Citadel’s Academic Maps or departmental information in The Citadel catalog. Honors Program students will replace core curriculum classes with the corresponding Honors Program classes.
Every semester students should meet with the Honors Program director and their departmental academic advisor to discuss progress towards all goals.