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Honors Program

The purpose of the Honors Program is to provide a greater challenge and a richer experience for able and highly motivated students at Northeast State.


The Honors Program is open to first-time, transfer and returning students. Admittance to the Honors Program as a first-semester freshman requires an ACT composite score of 25 or an SAT combined score of 1140. Students who have completed 12 hours of college-level coursework with a minimum grade point average of 3.25 may apply regardless of ACT or SAT scores.

To continue in the Honors Program, the student must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.25. Attendance at Honors Lyceum events is also expected. 

  1. Honors students are in them. GPA and test scores aside, Honors students are people who want to get the most they can from each class meeting. They read with care, ask questions and have their own ideas. They catch mistakes, and they learn from each other.
  2. The classes are smaller. Usually, there are fewer than 15 students to a section.
  3. New assignments and new discussions take place in them. Because of the smaller class size and the enormous energy that Honors students bring to their work, instructors often try out new readings and new assignments in Honors classes. The discussions, projects and essays that result may take students to unexpected places. The small class size means that closer interaction and greater spontaneity are possible than in most non-Honors sections.
  4. They are labeled on the transcript as “Honors” classes. Whether the student completes the Honors program or only takes one course, graduate schools and prospective employers will know that she or he was an Honors student.
  5. Expectations are at their highest. The better the work of a group is, the more each person in that group expects from the others. Instructors expect the very best work from their Honors students; Honors students expect a great deal from their instructors and from each other.

The Honors Program offers Northeast State students the chance to do advanced work in smaller class sections, working closely with faculty and each other. There are Honors course options in most of the general education categories required for a degree:

  • English composition
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social and behavioral sciences
  • Speech

For questions about specific Honors courses, consult one of the following Academic Deans:

  • William Wilson, Dean, Humanities, Room H132, 423.354.2541
  • Malissa Trent, Dean, Mathematics, Room F234, 423.354.2521
  • Dr. Carolyn McCracken, Dean, Science, Room B104C, 423.354.2509
  • Dr. Xiaoping Wang, Dean, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Room H229, 423.354.2457

Honors classes are marked as such on the student’s transcript. Students who complete 12 hours in the Honors Program will be recognized during the College’s Honors Convocation; graduates completing 18 hours of Honors coursework will receive diplomas noting completion of the Honors Program. 

Northeast State is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council. To sign up for Honors classes, see an Honors advisor. 

To apply or get more information, contact Jane Bryan Honeycutt, Honors Program Coordinator, at jbhoneycutt@NortheastState.edu or by telephone at 423.354.2596.