Honors Program

What is Honors?

The Honors Program seeks to provide students who are both academically talented and highly motivated. The Honors Program is compatible with all academic majors. Successful participation in the Honors Program gives highly qualified students the ability to become skilled in their specific disciplines and the personal satisfaction of having met and accomplished the most innovative and challenging program available at Southwestern College.

How to Join Honors

You can join the Honors Program by enrolling in one or more courses designated with an honors section and completing an Honors Contract within the first four weeks of class. The contract is to be submitted to the Honors Office, Room 13-103. For more information, contact Renee St. Louis, Honors Coordinator.

Honors Program Contract

Admission Requirements

  • Entering freshman – Have an overall minimum GPA of 3.5 in all high school work.
  • Continuing student - Have completed a minimum of 12 units of college-level courses with a GPA of 3.2 in all college work, and be eligible for English 115.
  • Complete Honors Program Application
  • Provide copies of transcripts of previous academic work. Unofficial copies will be accepted. Entering freshman should submit high school transcript and continuing college students should submit college transcript.
  • Must be eligible for English 115 and proficient in college-level reading.

Program Completion Requirements

  • Complete a minimum of 15 units or more in Honors courses.
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.2 in all Honors courses and a minimum overall GPA of 3.2.

Phi Theta Kappa Orientation (PDF)


  • Enhanced admission opportunities to the most selective transfer institutions
  • Increased scholarship opportunities
  • Special recognition on transcript
  • Intellectual growth and exploration of new ideas and concepts
  • Increased learning opportunities through research, study and independent projects
  • One-on-one mentoring from faculty members in the field of interest
  • Networking opportunities with faculty and students at Southwestern College (SWC), 4-year institutions and graduate schools
  • Career and employment networking opportunities