The GHC Honors Program. New Challenges. New Rewards.

About Us

Mission Statement

The Honors Program at Georgia Highlands College brings together promising students of outstanding academic records with teachers committed to excellence and dedicated to student growth. This blend of teachers and students fosters a cohort of emerging scholars recognizable throughout the college and community. Such a cadre will provide an example to their peers that educational excellence has intrinsic and extrinsic rewards and is to be valued and celebrated.

Program Objectives

The Honors Program will achieve the goal set forth in the mission statement by pursuing seven distinct but interrelated objectives:

  • to expand the context of students’ education through inter-disciplinary instruction which will expose students to a variety of pedagogy
  • to promote an environment of challenging seminars, research and travel opportunities as well as local cultural events to promote breadth, diversity, and depth throughout the student’s academic career
  • to develop independent and critical thinking through discussion, assignments both written and oral, and opportunities for community service
  • to broaden the program’s reach by encouraging all students to strive to participate in honors courses
  • to promote graduation and retention rates by developing a cohort of students who study, learn, and socialize together in a unique learning environment.
  • to establish transfer articulation agreements with senior institutions in an effort to encourage students to pursue education beyond a two-year degree and to foster a smoother transition into these programs
  • to recruit and retain excellent faculty members

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The GHC Honors Program is distinct from but cooperates with the GHC Phi Theta Kappa organization.

The GHC Honors Program has been a recognized member of the Georgia Collegiate Honors Council, the Southern Regional Honors Council, and the National Collegiate Honors Council.

For the most up to date rules governing the Honors Program at GHC, see the Policy and Procedure Manual online.