With the consolidation of Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter College in January of 2016, the GPC Honors Program became part of the Georgia State University Honors College. Prior to that alliance, Honors enjoyed a long history at the institution; Honors education was a part of the educational opportunities available to students since 1967. In 1983, the DeKalb College Honors Program was officially established, and it offered Honors courses, primarily concentrated in the Humanities and Social Sciences, on the Dunwoody, Decatur, and Clarkston Campuses. The Honors Program formally entered the Honors community that year by joining the Georgia Collegiate Honors Council, the Southern Regional Honors Council, and the National Collegiate Honors Council. In 1992, the Honors Program began operating at all of the campuses and gradually expanded its course offerings into all areas of the curriculum.
The Honors College is an academic and student services program for students following any of the pathways at Perimeter who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and motivation. The Honors College offers intellectually challenging courses taught by dedicated faculty, interaction with other students, and opportunities for recognition and service. The purpose of the program is to encourage students to achieve excellence in all areas of their experience at Perimeter College. The Honors College fosters in its students a lifelong commitment to intellectual inquiry through their engagement with the academic community and society at large. The Honors College seeks to promote the academic and personal growth of outstanding students at Perimeter College, helping to prepare them for leadership roles in careers of their choice.
As members of this unique learning community, students will engage in a stimulating Honors curriculum focusing on interdisciplinary investigation and independent research, further enhanced by the emphasis on small classes and seminars. Outside the classroom, Honors students benefit from a wide variety of Honors activities and programs. A major goal of the Honors College is to enhance the quality of undergraduate education and create transformational learning experiences.
Students with a demonstrated history of excelling academically are encouraged to participate in the Honors College. Students who do not meet the criteria below may become eligible based on the quality of their work done at Perimeter College. Entering freshmen with a high school GPA of 3.50 or a composite national SAT score of 1800, a verbal score of 650, or a math score of 620 are invited to participate in the program. A national ACT composite score of 26, a national ACT English score of 29, or a national ACT mathematics score of 27 also qualifies a student for the Honors College.
Others who are eligible include: National Merit semi-finalists, students who have earned an International Baccalaureate diploma, students eligible for Phi Theta Kappa, transfer students who have earned a minimum of nine credit hours with a GPA of 3.50, and students recommended by Perimeter College faculty and who have been approved by the Honors College Campus Coordinators.
- Students at PC who are not eligible to participate in the Honors College when they first enroll may become eligible by earning a minimum of nine (9) credit hours with a GPA of 3.50.
- Students who transfer to GPC and have met the criteria listed above are eligible to apply to the Honors College. Transfer students who have earned a minimum of nine (9) credit hours with a GPA of 3.50 are welcome to apply to the Honors Program.
Students in the Honors College who receive an academic warning will be excluded from the program. Written permission from the Honors College Campus Coordinator will be necessary for such students to re-enter the program.
Although there is no minimum number of courses required to remain enrolled in the Honors College, students who are in good academic standing in the program and who have taken at least one honors course in the past three academic terms (not counting summers) will be considered active in the program.
Any student at Perimeter College with a 3.00 or higher GPA may take one honors course without being admitted to the college. Authorization for all honors courses must be obtained prior to registration from the Honors College office.
Honors Recognitions and Requirements
Students may choose to work toward any or all of three formal recognitions.
To earn an Honors College Certificate, the student must have completed at least 45 semester hours of college credit work with a cumulative GPA of 3.30. Of these 45 semester hours, 15 must have been earned in Honors courses in which the student received a grade of “B” or higher.
To earn an Honors College Diploma (an Associate of Arts degree or Associate of Science degree from the Honors College at PC), students must complete all the requirements for their degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.50. Of these required semester hours, 24 must have been earned in Honors courses in which the student received a grade of “B” or higher, and the cumulative GPA for all Honors courses must be 3.30. As part of their Honors curriculum, students must complete Honors courses in the following areas:
- 3 courses in English/Social Sciences
- 1 course in Fine Arts/Humanities
- 1 course in Mathematics, Science, or Economics*
Students in some disciplines may also earn Honors College distinction in their area of study. This opportunity exists in many areas, including Business, Psychology, History, and English. To earn this special recognition, students must fulfill all of the requirements for an Honors College diploma and must complete as part of their course work a minimum of 9 credit hours in Honors courses that satisfy their Area F requirements. The cumulative GPA for these Area F Honors courses must be a 3.50 or higher.**
* Students in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) may fulfill this option by taking two calculus courses or by completing a two-course science sequence required for earning a degree in that major.
** Two classes (6-8 credit hours) taken abroad may substitute for one Honors course required for the Honors College diploma or certificate. Only one such substitution will be allowed for the Honors College certificate. Two courses required for the Honors College diploma may be replaced by four courses taken abroad (12-16 credit hours).
Transitioning to the Honors College at the Atlanta Campus
Students in the Honors College at Perimeter College can easily transition to the Honors College at the Atlanta Campus. For specific details about transiting to the Atlanta Campus Honors College, Perimeter Honors College students should refer to the Perimeter Honors College website at perimeter.gsu.edu/honors or the entry about the Honors College (Section 1700) in the four-year catalog of Georgia State University at catalog.gsu.edu.