The Honors Program at Austin Peay State University
The Honors Program is designed to challenge students and provide opportunities for creative exploration and intellectual development. The program requires motivated students to fulfill a minimum of 25 hours of honors designated courses, as well as a senior thesis. There is also a non-thesis option that requires 30 Honors credit hours. Honors courses are available in the general education core, as separate coursess, and in upper-division courses in the various majors.
What qualifications do I need to apply to the Honors Program?
Eligible applicants must have a minimum high school cumulative grade point average (unweighted) of 3.50, and they should have an ACT composite score of 26 or better. High-achieving students who transfer to Austin Peay can also apply to the Honors Program by contacting the Honors Program director at Honors@apsu.edu.
What benefits will I receive from being in the Honors Program?
- The principal benefits derive from a more challenging and rigorous curriculum. Students in Honors-approved courses have close interaction with their instructors and fellow students. Most departments at Austin Peay have identified specific courses and activities required of Honors Program students in their last two years of study.
- Honors Program students have 24/7 access to the Honors Commons using their Austin Peay student identification card. This open, welcoming space includes computers, a printer, study areas, a classroom, an Honors Library, and areas for students to meet and socialize.
- Honors students receive priority registration, which means that they are able to register as soon as registration is open to undergraduate students.
- As an Honors student, you may apply for residence with other Honors Program students at a residence hall. Upper division Honors Program students can apply for Harvill Hall, where you will live in an environment with other high-achieving students.
- Honors Program students are provided with information and support to pursue high-impact opportunities in undergraduate research, study abroad, internships, and service learning.
- Some Honors Program scholarships are available for study-abroad programs. There are also internship opportunities.
What is Required of Honors Program Students?
- Students admitted into the Honors Program must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25.
- They are also required to complete a minimum of 25 hours of Honors credit distibuted
as follows. Descriptions of these courses can be found here.
HON 1000 as sub for APSU 1000;
HON 1045 Honors Seminar
HON 2220, Confronting the Other;
One HON course from General Education core, OR any HON prefix course
One HON course from General Education core OR any HON prefix course
One 3000-4000 course in major
One 3000-4000 course in major
HON 4050 (can be repeated) or other upper-division Hon course
- Honors students have access to special interest courses, non-credit courses, study-abroad courses, service-learning courses, research-intensive courses, and credit-bearing internships.