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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. The program is comprised of academic courses as well as opportunities for research, service, and cultural exploration.


Honor-student-only courses constitute one-third of an honors student’s Spring Hill College core curriculum coursework. Honors courses involve even smaller class sizes and an especially vibrant learning environment. Participation in the Honors Program does not increase the number of hours required for graduation.

The program begins freshman year with most honors freshmen taking honors courses in logic, composition, theology and literature. First-year honors students are placed in an honors designated LEAP course, designed to assist with adjusting successfully to college life at Spring Hill

During sophomore and junior years, students take four more honors courses. Honors topics offered this year included:

  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Virtues
  • Religion and International Politics
  • Islam and Politics
  • Apocalyptic Literature

In addition to these honors-student-only courses, honors students have the option of adding honors-level research projects to a variety of upper level courses, including courses in their chosen major.

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

Additional Opportunities

Honors students have the option of living in an honors-designated living learning community with social and cultural programming designed specifically for our honors students.

In addition to their academic courses and directed research projects, students can earn honors credit through professional internships, cultural immersion and service trips, and by studying abroad at the SHC Italy Center.

Admission Requirements

In recent classes, incoming honors students have had an average high school GPA of 3.9 and an average ACT score of 29.7.

Students seeking admission to the honors program should first submit their application to Spring Hill College. Once admitted, students with an ACT greater or equal to 29 (or a comparable SAT) and a high school GPA greater or equal to 3.75 will be invited to join our Honors Program. Students who do not meet one or both of those criteria are still eligible to apply for the program. Interested students should contact the Honors Program Director for more information.

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding the Spring Hill College Honors Program, please contact:
Michael Ferry, PhD, Honors Program Director

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