LSUA Honors Program

Are you looking for a new challenge?

If so, we have developed an honors program that gives you the opportunity to turn almost any course into an honors course. An honors option course is designed by incorporating honors elements into a regular, non-honors course so that students who have been accepted into the honors program can earn honors credit for completing that course.

About the Honors Program

The Honors Program at LSUA admits students as new freshmen, as well as current and transfer students. Admission to the Honors Program is designed to attract a broad range of academically talented students with the potential for academic excellence and leadership.

There are many benefits to joining our honors family. Some of the benefits are:

  • The opportunity to earn a medallion to wear at graduation
  • Recognition at graduation
  • Faculty advice on graduate school application and prep
  • Special speakers and lecturers
  • Cultural activities
  • Research opportunities
  • Opportunities to publish research in undergraduate journals and present work at conferences
  • Priority registration
  • Guidance in competing for national scholarships/ fellowships/ conferences
  • Private reception with members of administration, including the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, department chairs, and course instructors participating in the program
  • Service opportunities

Program Forms

All PDF forms can be filled out and sent to:
Melissa Whitley
By Email:
By Fax: (318) 473-6588

Honors Program Director

Melissa Whitley

Phone: 427-4423

Steps to Becoming an Honors Student

  1. To become an honors student, complete and submit an Honors Application to the Honors Program Director.

  2. Before a student may submit a contract for a course, he or she must have previously applied for and been accepted to the honors program.

  3. An eligible student should approach his or her course instructor beginning during preregistration through census day of the semester he or she wants to contract a course to discuss possibilities for the contract work. Note: Deadline to submit contract to the Department Chair for approval is the end of the 2nd week of class.

  4. The student should fill out the Honors Contract Approval Form, with the direction and approval of the course instructor. Submit the completed Honors Contract Approval Form, and the regular course syllabus to the appropriate department chair, who, once he or she approves the contract, will forward the signed contract to the Honors Program Director. The Honors Program Director will approve the contract no later than three days after the semester’s census day.

  5. Once the contracts have been approved, students and instructors should maintain communication to ensure expectations are met and the honors contracts are successfully completed.

  6. At the end of the semester, the course instructor must complete and submit the Honor Contract Completion Report form to the Honors Program Director.

  7. The student must complete and submit a Course Reflection form to the Honors Program Director. These forms are due the last day of finals for review by the Honors Program Committee.

Maintaining Honors Status

All honors students' transcripts will be reviewed each summer by the Honors Program Committee. To maintain honors status, students must:

To earn honors designation at graduation, students must complete 18 hours of honors course work in their respective majors. Of the required 18 credit hours, six (6) credits must be at the 4000 level and six (6) credits must be at the 3000 level.

Honors students who fail to meet any of these requirements will be given one semester of probation to correct any deficiencies. Honor students who fail to meet requirements after a semester of probation will be dismissed from the program. The Honors Program Committee (or a subcommittee thereof) will make the final decision about probation and dismissals.

Requirements for Honors

Honors Program Eligibility Requirements For all Students

Admission Requirements For Incoming Freshman

One goal of the honors program is to meet the challenge of all students who are motivated to achieve academically. As such, the Honors Program is open to students who have excelled in high school.

Admission Requirements for Transfer & Enrolled Students