Honors College
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Graduation Requirements

Students enrolled in the Honors College at the time of graduation will graduate with a degree in their selected major area of study.  There are two recognition levels from the Honors College.

Honors College Graduates

Honors College Graduates earn a minimum of 20 hours of honors credits while maintaining a 3.25 overall grade point average. Students must include at least four honors contracts, along with any courses designated as (H) sections or HNRS courses. It is recommended that students complete lower level H or HNRS courses prior to undertaking honors contract courses.

Honors College Graduates will be included in a separate listing in the commencement program. The official university transcript will indicate they have achieved this honor.

Honors College Graduates with Distinction

Honors College Graduates with Distinction earn a minimum of 26 honors credits while maintaining a 3.5 grade point average throughout their college work. Students will complete a minimum of four honors (H) sections and/or four HNRS courses, and a minimum of four honors contracts.  An approved Honors senior capstone project must be included in the plan.

Honors College Graduates with Distinction will be noted in a separate listing in the commencement program with the Honors capstone project title. The official university transcript will indicate they have achieved this honor. Students will be awarded an engraved bronze medallion at the Honors College Medallion Ceremony.

Graduate TierHours of Honors CreditGPAHonors Section or HNRS Courses (#)Honors Contracts (#)Academic UnitsLeadership and Service UnitsApproved Capstone?
Honors College Graduate20+3.25+N/A4+4+4+N/A
Honors College Graduate with Distinction26+3.5+4+4+10+6+Yes

In addition to Honors Students, you can also be an Honors Scholar. Learn more about Honors Scholars.

Learn more about Academic Units and Leadership and Service Units continuing eligibility requirements.

Honors courses completed prior to the first semester of full-time enrollment do not apply toward Honors graduation recognition requirements. (HNRS 1000, 1020, 1030, 1050.)

Students must earn A or B grades in all H, HNRS, and honors contract courses to apply the credits to Honors graduation.

Contact Us

Fax: 501-279-4016

Mailing address:
Harding University
Honors College
Box 10782
Searcy, AR 72149-5615

Office hours: Monday - Friday 8am-5pm (closed for the noon lunch hour)