Students in the honors program take classes from the general education core that are required of everyone who graduates from Lees-McRae College. No one participating in the program takes any "additional" classes. In addition to fulfilling the core requirements, honors students may also elect to add an honors component to any course while at Lees-McRae or design an individualized honors course.
Freshman Year Fall: Honors Seminar, Religion, First Year Seminar, Science*
Freshman Year Spring: Honors Rhetoric, Art
*Honors Freshmen take one of the following science courses during either
fall or spring: BIO 101, 102, 114, 115, 121. (BIO 101 and BIO
102 are for non-science majors.)
Sophomore Year Fall: Honors Literature
Sophomore Year Spring: Honors History, Great Books (optional)
Junior Year Fall: One Honors course within major must be taken this academic year.
Junior Year Spring: Great Books (required if not taken sophomore year)
Senior Year Fall or Spring: Honors Senior Research Seminar
Honors students may elect to add an Honors component to any course they take. They will receive Honors credit. The Honors Course Request form must be completed by the student and filed with the Registrar.
In addition, students may also design an individualized course and receive Honors credit. The Individualized Honors Study Request form must be completed by the student and filed with the Registrar.
In order to graduate "with honors," students who have completed the entire Honors Program must maintain a GPA no lower than 3.5.
Students who have excelled academically are recognized at graduation each year. Those who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5 to 3.69 graduate cum laude; those who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.7 to 3.89 graduate magna cum laude; and those who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.9 to 4.0 graduate summa cum laude.