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For the qualified student, advantages of The Citadel Honors Program are clear:
SPECIAL PROGRAM OF ONE-ON-ONE PRE-PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING. Beginning in your freshman year and continuing through your senior year, you will engage in a program of research, writing, discussion, and planning regarding your professional post-graduate goals. 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 (3-credits) 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 6 courses (HONR 211, 212, 311, 312, 411 and 412: 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.
FACULTY CONNECTIONS. You will get to know your Honors professors and they will get to know you! You are encouraged to meet individually with your professors to develop the kind of personal student-teacher relationship which is more difficult to achieve in the normal curriculum with larger class sizes. 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, their demonstrated teaching skills, and their appreciation of students.
SPECIAL DIPLOMA SEAL AND TRANSCRIPT. A paragraph will be placed at the end 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 Citadel 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 disproportionate to the small size of our program. Perhaps 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.