The Richland College Honors Scholar designation is awarded to students who complete a minimum of 15 hours of Honors academic course work at Richland College with grades of "A" or "B" and a minimum of 10 clock hours of approved co-curricular activity and 6 clock hours of extracurricular activity prior to graduation or transfer. Richland Honors Scholars have an "H" next to their names in the commencement program, have a gold "Honors" emblem on their diplomas, and wear the Richland "Honors" stole at the commencement ceremony.
The Richland College Honors Certificate designation is awarded to students who, in addition to completing 9 hours of Honors academic course work at Richland College with grades of "A" or "B", also complete a minimum of 3 clock hours of approved co-curricular activities and 3 clock hours of extra-curricular activities prior to graduation or transfer. Students who earn the Richland Honors Certificate designation Honors have an "H" next to their names in the commencement program.
What are extra-curricular and co-curricular activities?
A comprehensive Honors education includes regular engagement with cultural activities and opportunities for enrichment that go beyond the classroom. Extra-curricular components allow students to become full participants in a wide variety of cultural, aesthetic, artistic, and innovative endeavors and presentations that are outside of the Honors students' normal areas of study.
A truly enriched learning experience fosters academic excellence through intensive faculty-student interaction and gives students the chance to put their studies into practice. Co-curricular components complement the Honors students' courses, degree plans, and career paths by providing additional experiential learning in the student's academic area and by exposing students to academic development that will further scholarly inquiry and investigation.