The Honors Vision
The Boone Honors Program at Ferrum College is an interdisciplinary, liberal arts program
committed to challenge students enrolled in the program and the campus culture as
a whole to strive for excellence. To achieve this purpose the Boone Honors Program
contains curricular and extracurricular components that are designed to
- Enrich the experience of all students by attracting and retaining gifted and motivated
students interested in the pursuit of knowledge and the exploration of issues from
a variety of perspectives and disciplines.
- Stimulate intellectual, social, and ethical development in honors students.
- Focus the attention of the campus community on issues of excellence, honor, and service.
Table of Contents
- Program Structure
- Eligibility and Scholarship
- Program Requirements
- Graduation with Honors
- Honors Curriculum
- Honors seminars
- Course Rotation
- Honors-Enriched Courses
- Graduation Checklist
- Looking to the Future
- National Scholarships and Fellowships
- Career Services
- Honors Program Advisors
- Students (under construction)
The Boone Honors Program provides enhanced educational opportunities for motivated
and gifted students. Students in honors have the opportunity to take small interdisciplinary
seminars for some of their general education requirements, work closely with professors
in courses within their major or minor, present their research at undergraduate research
conferences, attend special dinners with visiting campus guests and speakers, and
participate in special honors social activities and trips.
Eligibility to Participate and to Receive or Continue the Honors Scholarship
Entering freshmen or transfer students with a High School GPA of 3.5 or higher and
a combined math/verbal SAT score of 1200 or higher are automatically members of the
Boone Honors Program and awarded scholarship at the highest level of the matrix used
by Admissions/Financial Aid. Students who do not enter Ferrum as honors program members
but who demonstrate potential by earning a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher at Ferrum
are also invited to participate in the program, although their overall scholarship
award may not increase.
The policy for continuing the scholarship at the honors level after enrollment is
Eligibility for the scholarship will be reviewed by the program director and the registrar
at the end of each academic year. Students who maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or
higher will be awarded the scholarship for the next academic year. Students who fall
below the required GPA will be placed on probationary status for one year, provided
they have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. At the completion of the probationary
period, students whose GPA is in compliance with program requirements will return
to good standing. Students whose cumulative GPA is still below 3.2 at the conclusion
of the probationary period will forfeit the honors scholarship but may continue as
members of the honors program, provided they maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
and meet all other applicable program requirements.
Seniors who complete program requirements and receive the Boone Honors Program Medallion
must have earned a final cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher.
Honors students have special academic opportunities in fulfilling their general education
requirements in addition to enhanced courses within their major or minor. Briefly,
honors students will take 15 hours of special, interdisciplinary honors seminars in
place of other general education requirements. Additionally, honors students will
take 12 hours of honors-enriched courses. These honors-enriched courses will be regularly
taught courses enrolling honors students and other students taking the course for
existing credit. The point of honors-enriched courses is to extend a topic, approach,
or project so that honors students will understand the complexities of an area of
study. The college will note the honors designation on the transcripts of all students
who complete the additional special, extra, or different honors work. Students may
choose courses outside their areas of concentrated study so long as students complete
a minimum of two honors-enriched courses in the major. Honors-enrichment projects
may not be undertaken in 100-level courses.
Graduation with Honors
Participation in the Boone Honors Program enables students to present graduate schools
or prospective employers with an impressive transcript. Students who complete the
Honors Program graduate with a special honors designation on the diploma if they have
met the following requirements:
- Fifteen hours of honors seminars (in lieu of general education courses that other
- Twelve hours of special honors designated courses with a grade of C or above and an
overall 3.2 GPA for these courses.
- A cumulative GPA of 3.4 for all courses.
Honors Curriculum – 27 hours
At the core of the Boone Honors Program is an exceptional academic course of study.
Honors students take five special Honors interdisciplinary seminars to fulfill part
of their general education requirements. These seminars include a cornerstone seminar
and a capstone seminar. Additionally, students will take a minimum of 12 hours of
To graduate in the Honors Programs students need to take 15 hours of Honors seminars.
Students who enter the Honors Program as freshmen are required to take the cornerstone
seminar Honors 100: Perspectives on Leadership in lieu of Ferrum 101 and 102. Students
who join the program after the first semester of their freshman year are not required
to take Honors 100 but may if they wish. Every honors student must take the capstone
seminar. Students not in the Honors Program may take honors seminars with instructor
approval if there is space available in the course.
Because seminars can fulfill more than one general education requirement, students
will need to complete a form at preregistration that indicates the requirement a seminar
will replace. The form needs to be signed by the student and his/her advisor and copy
filed with the registrar’s office. If more than one course is required for the general
education distribution requirement, only one of the courses may be an honors seminar
(e.g., since 6 hours of literature are required for graduation, one of the literature
courses can be an honors seminar but the other 3 hours of the requirement must be
a regularly taught course).
See the "Courses" link for a list of seminars which the faculty has approved.
A minimum of twelve hours of honors-enriched courses is required for graduation in
the Honors Program. These are regularly taught courses that will be enhanced for honors
students. Two of the required honors-enriched courses must be taken in a student’s
major or minor. Early in the course, students will approach faculty who teach courses
they want to “honors-enrich” in order to complete the contract for honors enrichment.
Faculty reserve the right to decide whether or not to offer an enrichment option.
By the end of the fourth week of a semester (the deadline to drop a course without
penalty), students and faculty will complete the contract specifying the enrichment
project, the artifact or artifacts the student will submit for assessment, and the
assessment criteria. The student will obtain the requisite signatures and submit the
contract, along with the syllabus used for the course, to the honors director. The
honors director will submit one copy of the form to the Registrar’s Office. Once the
registrar has received this form, a student will be considered enrolled in the honors-enriched
course. Students are strongly encouraged to undertake discussions with their professors
about the nature and requirements for the enrichment work well before the deadline
for completing the contract for an h-course.
If at the end of a semester, the enrichment project is completed in accordance with
the contract and to the faculty member's satisfaction, it is designated on the student's
transcript by the letter “H." If the project is not completed in accordance with the
contract and to the faculty member's satisfaction, the student will receive regular
credit for the completed course (no "H" designation). Students must earn a B or better
in the course to receive honors-enriched designation on their transcripts.
The Boone Honors Program provides opportunities for students to broaden their horizons
through official Honors dinners, trips, and and other social activities. These extracurricular
components help create a community within the program that builds friendships while
also supporting class initiatives and learning. Extracurricular activities designed
to support the learning that happens in honors courses include honors-sponsored lectures
by guests to the campus or opportunities to present research at undergraduate research
Looking to the Future
Every year, Ferrum College students graduate and go on to professional school, graduate
school, internships, and jobs in their chosen fields. Honors students are ambitious,
capable, and well-prepared, and participating in the Boone Honors Program can give
them a head start for graduate school or their career.
National Scholarships and Fellowships
Honors students who want to pursue national scholarships and fellowships should start
making plans early. What are national fellowships? They are scholarships for graduate
(in some case, undergraduate) work that are awarded on a competitive basis to a limited
number of students. Since the amount of money is great and the prestige of receiving
one is an honor that remains throughout one’s life, these scholarships are often referred
to as national or prestigious fellowships.
What kind of student becomes a finalist or winner of one of these awards? Nationwide,
the recipients of prestigious fellowships tend to be purposeful, hard-working person,
persons who know what their own goals are and who know how to work towards them. Ferrum
students can increase their chances of become a finalist or recipient of a prestigious
national fellowship by undertaking work towards that goal, preferably as early in
one’s college career as possible. This means involvement in the Honors Program, selecting
a broad range of challenging courses, doing substantial outside reading including
regular reading of newspapers and periodicals, being aware of current events, participating
in meaningful summer experiences (such as research or public service projects), being
involved in college and community organizations and activities. Although only a small
number of students “win” one of these awards, there are no “losers” in the competition.
The effort and thought involved in the exercise of preparing an application is beneficial
to students as they apply for graduate schools or employment.
A Brief Summary of Qualifications For Selected National Fellowships
Fulbright: For graduate study abroad.
- Proficiency in foreign language. Minimum of two years.
- A special project for research: a legitimate, thought out project, can be completed
in a year, the host country is an appropriate plan to carry it out, student is capable
of doing the wok independently
- Evidence of adaptability and motivation
- Academic success in major
Application Date: October of senior year. Candidate must be evaluated and approved
by campus evaluation team.
Goldwater: For undergraduate study of math and sciences.
- B average in upper quartile of class
- Enrolled in field of study leading to career in math or natural science.
- One scholarship awarded to a resident of each of the 50 sates
Application Date: December of sophomore or junior year. Candidate must be nominated
by his or her college
Marshall: For graduate study in Great Britain.
- Excellent academic record
- Specific and realistic course of graduate study outlined; strong preparation for that
- “Convincing argument as to why a particular course in Britain will enhance applicant’s
Application Date: October of senior year. Candidate must be endorsed and evaluated
by campus evaluation team.
Rhodes: For graduate study at Oxford University
- “Proven intellectual and academic ability of a high standard”
- Demonstrated leadership and good character
- Physical vigor; traditionally was demonstrated by participation in varsity sports
Application date October of senior year. Candidate must be evaluated and nominated
by campus evaluation team.
Truman: For graduate and undergraduate study, for those planning careers in public
- B average in upper quartile of class
- Demonstrated potential for leadership and success in public service
- Breadth of accomplishments; actual public service
- Specific and realistic goals, commitment and maturity to reach them.At least one scholarship
awarded to resident of each of the 50 states.
Application Date: December of junior year. Candidate must be nominated by campus evaluation
James Madison: Junior fellowships for master’s or Master of Arts in Teaching degrees
in history, government, or political science.
- Plan to seek employment as a secondary school teacher of American history, American
government, or social studies upon completion of graduate studies.
- Demonstrated intent to pursue a program of graduate study that emphasizes the Constitution.
Demonstrated record of devotion to civic responsibility.
- At lest one fellowship awarded to resident of each of the 50 states.
Application Date: March of senior year
Ford Foundation: Predoctoral and Dissertation fellowships for minorities.
- Study in research-based doctoral programs in academic discplinaries that lead to careers
in teaching or research.
- Professional degrees (e.g. law, medicine) and programs that are practice oriented
will not be supported.
- Member of a minority group
- GRE test is required
- No more than 30 semester hours of graduate level study for predoctoral fellowship
Application Date: November.
Mellon Fellowships in Humanistic Studies: For students to prepare for teaching and
scholarship in humanistic studies.
- College senior or graduate not currently enrolled in graduate program.
- Entry level, one year, portable merit fellowship
- For degree programs leading to the Ph.D. degree
Application Date: Request for application is November. Complete application due in
Rotary Foundation Scholarships: Short term and year long scholarships to study in
- Purpose of Scholarship program is to further interational understanding and friendly
relations among people of different countries. Winners are expected to speak at Rotary
Club meetings during tenure of scholarship and after return to the States.
- Several types of scholarships: 3-6 month cultural ambassador scholarships (for language
sstudy and cultural immersion), academic year amassadorial scholarships (all expenses
up to US$25,000), or multi-year Ambassadorial scholarship (flat grant of $12,000 per
- Academic and Multi-year Ambassadorial scholarships require language proficency of
proposed study country.
- Initial application through local Rotary Club.
The Career Services Office in the college's Experiential Learning Center offers a number of services and activities
for students exploring options for graduate schools and careers. For those with graduate
school in their plans, students may take computer-administered tests for the GRE and
the GMAT. Other computer-administered tests such as Focus II, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
or the Self Directed Search help students gather information about their interests
and values as related to career choices. The office also provides information about
opportunities for summer employment, internships, or volunteer services which can
help students gain valuable experience as they explore vocational choices. Students
are encouraged to visit the office early in their college career.