Admission Requirements

Admission to the Honors Program is selective. To qualify, applicants must be in the top twenty percent of their graduating class and have a minimum score of 550 on the reading section and a minimum score of 550 on the math section of the SAT.

AP Credits

A score of 4 or 5 on the corresponding AP exam is necessary for placing out of the Honors requirements in History, English, and Science.  (A score of 3 will be awarded 3 credits but will not place out of History, English, and Science courses.) Students can place out of Math and Social Science requirements with a score of 3 or higher on the corresponding AP exam.

Academic Requirements

In 2007 the Curriculum and Teaching Committee voted in favor of a new set of requirements for students entering the Honors Program in the Fall of 2008 and thereafter. Students who entered Kings College in the Fall of 2007 or any time before that are grandfathered in under the previous set of requirements.

Academic Requirements for Students entering Fall 2008 and Thereafter.

Note: these requirements take the place of the Core Requirements. There is no one-to-one correspondence between the Honors courses and Core courses. Instead, completing the Honors requirements in their entirety replaces completing the Core Requirements in their entirety.

Historical Introductions to the Humanities (24 Credits)

HNRS 135 Ancient and Medieval History

HNRS 136 Modern and Contemporary History

HNRS 203 Literature from Ancient to Early Modern

HNRS 204 Modern and Contemporary Literature

HNRS 250 The Christian Theological Tradition

HNRS 260 The Christian Moral Tradition

HNRS 280 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

HNRS 281 Modern and Contemporary Philosophy

The Arts(Core 17x) (3 Credits)

Foreign Language (12 credits)

Minimum 2 Semesters of Foreign Language with completion of the second semester of the intermediate level required. (N.B. Students automatically earn 12 credits when they complete the intermediate level of a foreign language with grades of C or better, even if they take only two semesters of the foreign language.)

Math (Choose one of the following)

Math 127 Logic and Axiomatics (3 credits)


Math 129 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (4 credits)

*or another Math course with the approval of the Honors Program Director

Science (Choose one of the following) (4 credits)

Biol 111 General Biology with lab

Chem 113 General Chemistry with lab

Phys 111 General Physics with lab


Honors 270 Natural Science Perspectives

Social Science (Choose one of the following) (3 credits)

Core 153 Principles of Economics: Macro

Econ 112 Principles of Economics: Micro

Core 154 Introduction to Psychology

Core 157 Introduction to Sociology

Core 158 Introduction to Political Science


PS 231 American Intergovernmental Relations

Junior Year Project (Choose one of the following)

Study Abroad Semester


Service Learning Project (either a service learning course or a service trip or project)

Senior Thesis

The capstone thesis or project required by the students major will be extended or deepened. The student and professor sign a contract,certified by the Honors Program Director as deserving of the Honors distinction.