Earn Honors Credits

Accepted? Here are your next steps.

Once accepted to the Honors program, students should begin planning their honors coursework so they can reach their ultimate goal of completing the program with an honors designation on their diplomas. To maintain steady progress toward graduation with an honors designation, students must:

  • take at least 6 honors credits per academic year if a full-time student.
  • take at least 3 honors credits per academic year if a part-time student.
  • maintain at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA at Southwest.
  • plan to take Honors Inquiry, a required honors capstone course, in their final spring semester before graduation.

Students who do not maintain this progress will have one probationary semester to return to good standing. Students who do not meet these requirements after the probationary period will need to reapply to the honors program. For more information or questions about this policy, please contact us.

How to Earn Honors Credit: The 3 Cs

There are three ways to earn honors credit at Southwest—courses, learning communities, and contracts. Providing options gives students the flexibility to optimize their learning, both through choosing preferred subjects and learning environments. Click on the menu below to learn more about each of these options and find the best fit for you.