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NOTE: In Fall 2013 the Radford Faculty Senate approved many improvements to the honors experience. Among these changes was the honors curriculum. Students who enrolled at RU during the Fall 2013 semester or earlier have a choice over which curriculum they wish to follow. Those who enroll during the Fall 2014 semester or later must follow the new curriculum. Both the new and old honors curricula are outlined below.

New Requirements to Graduate as a Highlander Scholar

Students who enrolled at Radford beginning in Fall 2014 are required to follow the new honors curriculum. To graduate from the Honors Academy as a Highlander Scholar, students must have a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average and complete at least 27 hours of Honors work in accordance with the requirements listed below:

  • 6 honors credits in Univesity Core A courses (CORE 103, CORE 201, CORE 202)
    • Of these three courses, CORE 103 is required of all honors students
  • 9 honors credits in University Core B courses, including a course from three of the following five areas:
    • Math
    • Natural Science
    • Humanities
    • Visual and Performing Arts
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • 9 upper-level honors credits, including at least three of the following four options:
  • 3 credit honors capstone project (---- 488)
  • 3.5 cumulative GPA in all coursework at RU

Most students take 1-2 honors courses per semester during freshman and sophomore year. Students typically begin to contract courses or enroll in independent studies during junior year. The honors capstone should be planned during the second semester of junior year to be conducted senior year. Students who spend much of senior year at internship sites (e.g., education majors) should start their capstone one year earlier.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Honors Academy if you have questions about staying on track.

Old Requirements to Graduate as a Highlander Scholar

Students who enrolled at Radford in Fall 2013 or earlier have a choice between the new and old honors curriculum. To graduate from the Honors Academy as a Highlander Scholar, students must have a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average and complete at least 27 hours of Honors work in accordance with the requirements listed below:

  • 9-12 credit hours of honors core curriculum courses
  • 12-15 credit hours of courses with honors contracts in your major
  • 3-6 credit hours for your honors capstone project

Most students take four core curriculum courses (around 12 credit hours), four major courses with honors contracts (around 12 credit hours), and a 3-hour honors capstone. The timeline below is designed for students who enter the Honors Academy the first semester of their freshman year. Students who do not enter the Honors Academy their first semester at Radford University should have no problem completing their Honors requirements. Note, however, that students who take the minimum 6 credit hours of Honors Core Curriculum courses would be required to contract the maximum 15 credit hours in their major and complete a 6 credit hour Capstone Project.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Honors Academy if you have questions about staying on track.

Typical Honors Timeline

Freshman Year (Fall Semester): Take Core 103 and one or two other Honors Core Curriculum classes if possible.

Freshman Year (Spring Semester): Take one or two Honors Core Curriculum classes. Meet with a graduate assistant advisor to fill out an Honors Plan of Study. The Plan of Study is a form that allows you to plan which classes you are going to take to complete the honors curriculum. This form needs to be completed and signed by your Academic Department Chair and turned back into the Honors Academy. Note: You must maintain a 3.2 cummulative GPA in all courses by the end of freshman year.

Sophomore Year: Take one or two Honors Core Curriculum classes each semester to fulfill remaining requirements. Even if you hit the number of credits you need in the Honors Core Curriculum, you are more than welcome to take the classes that you would otherwise need to complete to the Core Curriculum. Depending on your major and progress, you might start meeting upper-level honors requirements during the second semester. Note: You must maintain a 3.3 cummulative GPA in all courses by the end of sophomore year.

Junior Year (Fall Semester): If you haven't already, you should begin to meet upper-level honors requirements. Begin to think about which of your professors you would like to work with on your capstone. Continue taking Honors Core Curriculum classes if you want or need to do so.

*** Education Majors and others with off-site senior internships: Since you will be spending most of your time off-campus senior year, you need to begin working on your capstone the Fall semester of your Junior year - at the latest!

Junior Year (Spring Semester):  Find a faculty mentor and begin discussing capstone project ideas. Meet with Dr. King or Dr. Christensen to dicuss the capstone project (for more information, view the link "Capstone Project"). You must also submit a 488 proposal for approval by your department and Department Curriculum Committee in order to register for their capstone (DEPT 488) course. You can sign up for the 488 credits either in the fall or spring semester of your senior year (dependent upon when you are doing a majority of your work). Have everything ready to go before you leave for the summer if you will be working on it in the fall semester.  Note: You must maintain a 3.4 cummulative GPA in all courses by the end of junior year.

Senior Year: Turn in your capstone paperwork (if you haven't already done so!) and begin working on your project.  You must present your project at the annual Undergraduate Research Forum in April or another approved professional meeting. Attend the Honors Academy spring banquet and look great in your Highlander Scholar regalia!!! Note: You must maintain a 3.5 cummulative GPA in all courses by the time you graduate.