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The Honors Program

The Honors Program is designed to enhance the Spring Hill experience by offering a challenging and rewarding course of study to academically gifted and motivated students.


Honor-student-only courses constitute one-third of an honors student’s Spring Hill College core curriculum coursework and do not increase the number of hours required for graduation.

Academically, the program begins freshman year. During the sophomore and junior years, students take at least four more honors courses. The topics of these courses have included:

  • Ethics
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Honors Modern European History
  • Catholic Social Thought
  • Worship as Ethics
  • Christian Beginnings
  • World Religions
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • International Economics
  • American Political Thought

Students can opt to take all four honors-only courses during their sophomore year, or may choose to take some in their junior year.

Students typically complete the calculus, laboratory science and language requirements by the end of their third year. Honors students are especially encouraged to attain intermediate proficiency in a foreign language.

During the senior year, students complete their honors program requirements by formally presenting their research or an appropriate project completed in their major or minor field of study.

Freshman and Senior Seminars

Students in Spring Hill library
Students in Spring Hill library

First-year Honors Program students are placed in a freshman seminar group specifically designed to assist with adjusting successfully to college life at Spring Hill.

The honors freshman seminar includes opportunities for leadership development, volunteer work, and social interactions (movie nights and book clubs).

Senior year honors program students participate in an honors senior seminar, which includes career and graduate school workshops and opportunities for service and leadership.

Service, Leadership and Cultural opportunities

Many honors students serve our community through the Foley Center and through the philanthropic activities of clubs and organizations on campus.

The honors program undergraduate council is charged with helping to organize service activities for the honors program and to make honors program students aware of service opportunities both on and off campus, as well as organizing a variety of cultural and social activities both on and off campus.

Students in the program are also encouraged to undergo leadership training.

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