Honors Academic Program
Although the Honors College is a multifaceted program, the heart of the experience is the academic component. The academic program has a specific curriculum that represents about a quarter of the overall credits students will take prior to graduation. Most, if not all, of these credits will meet other requirements for the student's major or Core Curriculum. In addition to the coursework, honors students are expected to pursue academic excellence, uphold high standards of student conduct, and be active participants in the honors community. Complete details about expectations for honors students is found in the Honors Student Handbook.
Beginning in Fall 2018 honors students will have two curriculuar options. Most students will aim to complete the 27-credit Highlander Honors Scholar curriculum, which results in the highest academic distinction bestowed on undergraduates at Radford University. However, some students are admitted to honors after they have already earned a large number of college credits. These students may elect to pursue the 15-credit Highlander Honors Distinction. This curriculum allows students to access the benefits of honors while maintaining a shorter timeline to graduation. Please discuss these options with your honors advisor, the associate director, or the director.
Honors Student Handbook
In Fall 2015, the Honors Student Council and Honors Advisory Committee approved the first Honors Student Handbook. The handbook describes the honors curriculum, honors benefits, honors expectations, and honors committees. Make sure that you understand the expectations of honors students so that you are able to maintain your active status in the program. If you wish to print a hard-copy of the handbook on printer with double-sided capability, please use this version and indicate that your printer should "flip on the short edge." Hard copies are also available in the honors office.