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The Citadel Honors Program is designed to provide an exceptionally broad background of cultural knowledge and learning skills which students can then apply to their chosen areas of academic specialization. Most of the Honors Program curriculum will come in courses designed to be taken in lieu of Core Curriculum requirements, and most will, therefore, be taken in the freshman and sophomore years. The other Honors courses will take the place of General Electives, although in some cases individual departments may accept them as Departmental Electives. The emphasis in Honors Program courses will be not primarily acceleration, but enrichment. They will go into extra depth, examining more closely the significance and implications of the material studied, or presenting that material in a broader cultural context.

In general, it is expected that Honors courses will employ discussion in order to establish habits of rigorous inquiry and intellectual independence. The plan behind the curriculum is to create an environment of learning in which the students' intellectual habits can be formed. The patterns and processes of intellectual and scholarly inquiry will be taught, not merely the results of other people's having conducted that inquiry.

Each Honors course will have a tutorial foundation. Individual students, or sometimes small groups, will meet with their instructors frequently--usually, once every week--to discuss and develop ongoing writing, research, and laboratory projects. Tutorials will be arranged at a time mutually convenient for the student and professor.

Honors Program students may follow one of three tracks: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Gold Seal , Science and Engineering Gold Seal , or Honors Certificate (see links for course requirement checklists). Upon completing the requirements for a Honors Gold Seal, students receive an Honors certificate, Honors seal on his or her diploma, and a notation on his or her transcript highlighting the completion of the program and its requirements. Honors certificate candidates will receive all of the above with the exception of the Honors seal.

A note about AP courses

AP courses cannot take the place of Honors courses at The Citadel, though you may be able to claim the credits as General Electives. There are a couple of reasons for this. One is that high school AP courses are intended to be the equivalent of normal college courses, not Honors courses. Another is that in every Honors course, we require our students to meet with their instructor individually (or sometimes in a group of two or three) on a regular basis-often weekly--for a tutorial, in which they will work together on one of the goals of the course, usually a writing assignment or a project of some kind. High school AP courses don't normally do this. Additionally, our Honors courses are significantly different from both the non-Honors courses they take the place of in The Citadel curriculum and from the AP courses that take their place. For instance, in English 101 and the AP equivalent (English Language and Composition), students study essay writing. They may or may not also read some essays or works of short fiction to provide material to write about. The Citadel's corresponding course, HONR 101, focuses on works such as Homer's Iliad, Vergil's Aeneid, and Dante's Inferno, and students write about them.

So, AP credits don't take the place of Honors courses at The Citadel. However, if you have earned AP credits for AP Language and Composition, AP Literature and Composition, and AP Western Civilization, The Citadel will accept those credits. They count as General Electives.


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