Frequently Asked Questions


Are honors courses harder than regular college courses?

Honors courses are more challenging but they will not necessarily require more work. Compared to non-honors courses, honors courses involve greater theoretical depth, more cross-disciplinary study, more student-professor and student-student interaction, and greater use of primary (e.g., original manuscripts) rather than secondary (e.g., textbooks) reference sources. Honors courses are not designed to require more work in terms of the number of assignments or tests.

Are honors students required to study abroad?

No, although we strongly encourage you to take advantage of all academic opportunities, including study abroad.  These experiences often contribute to the development of wonderful honors projects and satisfy our honors curriculum and requirements! To this end, we have established opportunities for Honors Program members to receive International Study Abroad scholarships.

Can I continue Honors Program membership after transferring to one of SPC’s four year programs?

Yes, there are special opportunities for you to continue your Honors Program membership while you are in a bachelor’s program. This includes independent research as well as service learning and community leadership. If you participate, you will receive a special Honors Program certificate upon graduation.

Can I withdraw from Honors?

Of course, you can withdraw at any time and the Honors courses you completed will still count for college credit.

Do honors students have the same general education requirements as other students?

Yes. You will not need to take more courses, and most Honors courses will fulfill general education requirements.

Do honors classes cost more?

No. Honors students pay the same tuition and fees as all students -- there are no extra costs whatsoever. In fact, participation in honors courses may help you with financial aid – there are Honors Program Scholarships available for freshman and for continuing students.

How are students selected for the Honors Program?

How can I communicate with other Honors Program students?

The Honors Program Student Commons on My|Courses is a great tool to keep in contact with other Honors Program members, faculty and administrators. All Honors Program news and information will be posted to this site first, so it is important to log in at least once a week. You can chat with other members with the site’s email, discussion boards or whiteboards. You’ll also find lots of great links and resources to help you get the most out of your honors courses.

How do I get started with Service Learning?

You will get your introduction to service learning as a part of the required Honors Program Cornerstone Seminar IDH 2029H. All service learning forms and documents can be found on the My|Courses, or by contacting Eric Tucker (727-341-4698), Service Learning Coordinator.

How do I identify an honors course?

Honors courses can be identified as follows: an "H" after the section number, as in ENC 1122H Composition II.

Since I am in the Honors Program, do I automatically become a member of PTK?

Phi Theta Kappa is a completely separate organization from the Honors Program. Although Phi Theta Kappa members are encouraged to apply to the Honors Program, they are not automatically guaranteed membership, and vice versa. For more information about PTK, please contact your campus student Life and Leadership coordinator.

What are the Honors Program admissions requirements for current and transfer students?

You must have a grade point average of at least 3.5 in all college-level coursework (including transfer credits) and 12 credits hours or more of college coursework and be qualified for college level coursework in reading, writing and math.

What are the benefits of the Honors Program?

As an Honors Program student, you are provided a variety benefits including:

  • Early registration
  • Challenging coursework designed to sharpen critical thinking and analytical skills 
  • Transcript designation of Honors academic credits
  • Unique scholarship opportunities
  • International study scholarships
  • Special meeting, study and recreation areas

For more information, please contact the SPC Honors Program.

What are the service-learning requirements for Honors Program Members?

As an Honors Program member you must complete your service-learning project(s) before graduating from the Honors Program as part of the Honors Program Cornerstone Seminar IDH 2029H or Service-Learning Seminar IDH 2634H.

What do I need to do to make sure I get full honors recognition when I apply for graduation?

You should begin preparing for graduation by making sure that you have completed the required service learning hours and that you have taken enough honors classes to qualify for a diploma or certificate. You should take the Cornerstone Seminar during your first semester with the Honors Program and the Capstone Seminar during your last. As soon as you have applied for graduation, you should contact the Honors Program to notify us of your intent to graduate. It is your responsibility to let us know that you will be graduating so that we can prepare all Honors Program regalia for you.

What else does the Honors Program offer?

In addition to challenging classes with motivated students and outstanding professors, the Honors Program provides a variety of benefits including scholarships, community involvement through service learning, special opportunities to attend national, regional, and state conferences as well as cultural events on- and off-campus.

What if my GPA drops below 3.25?

If your GPA drops below 3.25, you will be put on probation until you raise it. If your GPA remains low for another semester, you will be dismissed from the Honors Program.

What is the Honors Program?

The Honors Program is an enrichment of college studies with specially designed courses and challenging curriculum open only to honors students. Honors Program provides an approach to education in small classes based on active learning and critical engagement. Honors Program courses allows you to associate and interact with like-minded professors and fellow students, and achieve the best education possible at St. Petersburg College.

What requirements should I meet to graduate with an Honors College diploma or certificate?

Please review our Honors Program Academics page for details on these requirements.


When are scholarship decisions made?

The Honors Program scholarship committee meets twice a year to review the new and continuing members and award scholarships.

When will I receive my scholarship funds?

All financial aid is administered after the last drop/add day of the session. If you have questions about how your scholarship will be awarded, you can contact the Office of Scholarships and Student Financial Assistance, (727)791-2486.

Who advises honors students?

There are Honors advisors at each campus counseling (MAP) department. In addition, the Honors director and staff often advise students.

Who are the honors faculty?

They are the most talented and most dedicated faculty at St. Petersburg College. A full list is available here, or on the Honors Program Student Commons.

Why do I need to sign a contract once I have joined the Honors Program?

The Honors Program offers unique challenges and opportunities to its members, and therefore requires a certain level of commitment and dedication. This contract will help you to understand and remember your obligations as an Honors Program member.

Will all my courses be honors courses?

No, not every course at SPC is offered as honors.