Graduation Requirements

The Honors Observatory
The Honors Observatory on the Quad's north end.

To be a student in good standing with the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program, you should:

  1. After the first year, have a college GPA of at least 3.2 and have completed at least one (preferably two) of the required four Great Issues seminars. Students whose college GPA is below 3.2 will be dropped from the program, while those with GPAs between 3.2 and 3.35 or who have not completed at least one of the required seminars will be placed on probation.
  2. After the second year, have a college GPA of at least 3.45, have completed at least three of the required Great Issues seminars. Students whose college GPA is below 3.4 will be dropped from the program, while those with GPAs between 3.4 and 3.45 or who have not completed at least three of the required seminars will be placed on probation.
  3. After the third year, have a college GPA of at least 3.45, have completed all four of the required Great Issues seminars, and have submitted a completed Thesis Registry form (see Appendix B) to the Honors Coordinator. To complete the Thesis Registry form, students must previously have decided the subject and tentative title of their thesis, and have assembled a Thesis Committee consisting of an Albion faculty member to serve as Thesis Director and at least two other faculty members to serve as additional readers. Students whose college GPA is below 3.4 will be dropped from the program, while those with GPAs between 3.4 and 3.45 or who have not completed all four of the required seminars or have not submitted a Thesis Registry form will be placed on probation.

To graduate with the designation of Albion College Honors you must have a college GPA of at least 3.5, have completed all four Honors seminars, and have completed an acceptable Honors Thesis and submitted it to the Honors Committee by the required deadline.

Seminars

The Albion College core requires that students take classes in five separate Modes of Inquiry: Textual Analysis, Artistic Creation and Analysis, Scientific Analysis, Modeling and Analysis, and Historical and Cultural Analysis. All Honors classes count for one of the Modes of Inquiry. Honors students are required to take honors seminars that either

  1. Count for 4 different Modes from at least 3 different divisions of the college, or
  2. Come from 4 different divisions of the college and count for at least 3 different Modes.

View a typical ist of seminars and professors on the Course Schedule page.

Thesis

In addition to the required Great Issues seminars, all Honors students conduct an original research project which culminates in the writing of an Honors Thesis.

Grade Point

In order to receive the "With Albion College Honors" designation at graduation, students must also graduate with an overall grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale