Honors at Reynolds

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs for Students


Start here:  Overview of Honors for Students  (power point)


1. Who can take honors courses?
Designated Honors courses are open to all qualified Reynolds students. Students who have not yet been admitted to the program are asked to complete an Honors Course Permission form in order to register for a designated Honors section.

2. What are the benefits of honors courses?
Honors courses feature smaller class sizes, faculty mentorship and innovation, increased opportunities for student collaboration and leadership, challenging and in-depth coursework, opportunities for experiential and service learning, and a highly-motivated and invested community of students and faculty. Honors courses are identified on your transcript and offer a distinct advantage when applying for transfer to another institution.

3. Why should I enroll in the Honors Program?
Honors program students gain a competitive edge on college applications; have access to additional scholarship funds; are designated as Honors graduates on their diploma; participate in priority registration; benefit from agreements with 4 year colleges like VCU, who offer our Honors graduates automatic admission to the VCU Honors College; and receive invitations to recurring Honors events, receptions, and seminars. Honors students develop a unique and close-knit community of motivated students who want to make the most of their time here at Reynolds. 

4. What are the differences between designated Honors courses and Honors contracts?
Designated Honors courses are taught from a syllabus that encompasses the 4 Honors focal points: critical thinking, independent research, interdisciplinary approaches, and student engagement, as well as the discipline-specific learning outcomes. These courses are rigorous, and feature challenging and innovative coursework. Students should expect a seminar-style environment, with an emphasis on participation, collaboration, and active learning. Honors program students can sign up for designated Honors courses or request an Honors contract from a certified faculty member. These contracts will outline a sequence of assignments and activities that allow the student to meet Honors requirements in their mainstream course. Non-program students can apply for permission to take designated Honors course sections.

5. Can I take an Honors class if I am not currently in the Honors Program?
Yes. Students who are not in the Honors Program can apply to for permission to enroll in a designated Honors section by submitting the Course Permission form. Decisions about admission into classes for non-programs students are based on availability of spaces in the course section. Students must have successfully completed all developmental requirements. 

6. How many contract courses can I take to fulfill Honors program requirements?
Honors Program students can take up to 2 contract courses (6 credit hours) to count towards fulfilling the Honors curriculum requirements.

7. Is the Honors program the same as Phi Theta Kappa?
No, Phi Theta Kappa and Honors at Reynolds are two different organizations with separate applications. Phi Theta Kappa is an Honor society; Honors at Reynolds is an academic program with its own curriculum.

8. How do I apply to the Honors program?
See the section on How to Apply