Academics

Honors Program

Dr. Leah J. Creque, Director
Ms. Ora Horton Drayton, Program Coordinator

Morehouse College Honors Program
Unit 140062 – Suite 101 305 Sale Hall Annex
Atlanta GA 30314-3773

Telephone: 404.215.2679 / 404.222.2573 / Fax: 404.507.8698

Honors Program Profile

About The Honors Program
The Morehouse Honors Program is a four-year comprehensive program providing special learning opportunities for students of outstanding intellectual ability, high motivation, and broad interests. The Program has majors from 14 of the College’s 16 academic departments and emphasizes leadership and social outreach systematically in classes and in co-curricular activities from freshman year to graduation. The Program has established a record of actively supporting the College’s internationalization focus by introducing its students at the freshman level, in classes and in external meetings – to active interest and participation in global studies and study-abroad commitments to balance the students’ academic pursuits.

Honors Program Mission Statement
The Morehouse College Honors Program empowers its students through a stimulating learning environment to achieve their maximum potential and excel in academics, leadership, service, and global awareness.

Structure of the Honors Program
The Program is administered by a director, program coordinator and an Honors Program council, composed of the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, selected departmental chairpersons, administrators, core faculty, and two student representatives.

Admission Standards
Admission to the Program is based on SAT and ACT scores (generally a minimum of 1770 and 27, respectively), high school GPA (a minimum of 3.0), and a PROFILE (application) completed by each prospective freshman. In some cases, however, freshmen whose entrance scores fall just below the minimum are admitted on a one-semester, conditional basis. Second-semester freshmen and first-semester sophomores may apply for admission if they are not admitted at the beginning of their freshman year. The Program is open to students in all academic disciplines.

Retention Policy
The Honors Program student must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 during freshman and sophomore years to remain in good standing. The minimum for juniors and seniors is 3.25.

Freshmen and sophomores whose GPAs fall between 2.5 and 2.9 automatically are placed on probation, but they have until the following semester to raise their GPAs to 3.0. Unfortunately, any freshman or sophomore falling below 2.5 is dismissed from the Program. Likewise, juniors and seniors who fall between 3.0 and 3.24 have one semester to raise their GPAs to 3.25 and are dropped from the Program if their GPAs fall below 3.0. Each year, the majority of Honors Program students exceed the minimum GPA required for retention. 

Classification Min. Cumulative
GPA
Probation Expulsion
Freshman 3.0 2.5 - 2.99 2.5 and lower
Sophomore 3.0 2.5 - 2.99 2.5 and lower
Junior 3.25 3.0 - 3.24 Below3.25 after December
Senior 3.25 3.0 - 3.24 Below3.25 after December

 

Honors Program Course Offerings
Honors Program students take special sections of regular Morehouse College courses and a senior-level Honors Seminar. Course enrollment is limited to about 20 students. Honors students may also cross register at Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University for Honors courses not offered at Morehouse. Honors Program courses are reserved for students in the Program. The HP director works with the department chairs on matters of course selection, sectioning, and assignment of faculty to Honors courses.

Honors Courses  
African American Studies 100  Philosophy 101
Economics 201  Political Science 251
English 103 (Composition)  Psychology 101
English 250 (World Literature)  Religion 201
French 251  Senior Seminar 340
French 252  Sociology 101
History 111  Spanish 251
History 112  Spanish 252
Mathematics 161 (Calculus I)  
Mathematics 162 (Calculus II)  
 Mathematics 263 (Calculus III)  

 

Lower-Division Honors (Freshmen and Sophomores)
Students on this level are enrolled in special sections of African American Studies, economics, English, history, mathematics, modern foreign languages, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion and sociology. Other freshman and sophomore courses chosen by students are taken with members of the student body in the regular program.

Upper-Division Honors (Juniors and Seniors)
On the basis of his status as an Honors Program freshman and sophomore, a student is expected to earn honors on the departmental level as a junior and a senior. At this level, there are no HP courses, but the student will complete special course-related assignments, make presentations, participate in seminars, attend and present at Honors conferences, and focus on departmental research.

Honors Program Core Faculty
Honors faculty members are chosen on the basis of their reputations as outstanding teachers, both rooted in their academic disciplines and experimental in their classrooms. Chairpersons from the departments which offer Honors Program courses recommend to the Honors Program director the faculty members “released” from one or more regular department courses to offer Honors sections. All Honors Program core faculty at Morehouse are committed to engendering leadership among students by providing classroom curricula and academic experiences leading to individual excellence, as well as to group productivity. Morehouse HP instructors practice the latest classroom pedagogies endorsed by the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC).

Affiliations
Morehouse College Honors Program is actively involved in national, regional and state Honors organizations. The Program also has membership in the Emerging Leaders WorkConference. Each organization hosts an annual meeting, which selected Honors Program core faculty, staff and students attend as delegates, present papers, and conduct workshops.

  • National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC)
  • Southern Regional Honors Council (SRHC)
  • National Association of African-American Honors Programs (NAAAHP)
  • Georgia Collegiate Honors Council (GCHC)
  • Emerging Leaders Workshop (ELW) 

Big Brother-Little Brother Mentoring Program
The goal in the Big Brother/Little Brother program is to have every freshman student introduced to an upper-class Honors Program student for contact by the start of his freshman year. It is the objective of the HP to have each pair maintain a relationship far beyond freshman year—ideally until and after graduation.

Honors Program Special Advantages

  • Smaller class sizes
  • Variety of scholarly, cultural and social activities
  • Practice and encouragement in thinking and working across various academic disciplines
  • Use of the Honors Program office library and computers
  • Opportunities to receive first-rate recommendations to graduate and professional schools
  • Opportunity to attend and present at Honors conferences
  • Graduation with Honors designated on the transcript
  • Honors Program seniors listed on the graduation program
  • Honors cord to be worn with graduation regalia

The Honors Program Club (HPC)
The Honors Program Club is a chartered student organization on campus. The purpose of this organization is to develop the academic and social potentials of its members. Members are encouraged to develop all aspects of their characters and personalities in the Honors environment. The HPC elects its own officers and sponsors activities, both for Program members and for the College community. Club membership is assured after a student is accepted into the Honors Program. Only students in good standing, from freshmen to seniors, are permitted to run for office in the Honors Program Club and to represent the College and the Program at AUC, state, regional, and national Honors conferences.


Honors Program Club
____________________Charge_____________________
“Intellectuals must gain respect…
through their efficiency, their taste for
unselfish work on behalf of the people,
and their clarity.  They must be sincere,
and to do that they must truly feel
themselves animated by an ideal that will
stand come what may.”
-Cheikh Anta Diop

Black Africa:  The Economic and Cultural Basis for a Federated State (1987)