Honors Program

The ASU-Beebe Honors Program is a rigorous course of study designed to meet the needs, abilities, and potential of highly skilled, highly committed students seeking to augment their intellectual experience at the college. Its rotation of selective courses is intended to provide demanding scholarly and intellectual learning opportunities encouraging self-examination, reassessment, and development. Students are also required to perform service to the community through course projects and participate in group cultural events, which, in tandem, aim to promote good citizenship, social responsibility, and cultural awareness in addition to intellectual rigor.

Mission 

Our mission in the Honors Program at Arkansas State University-Beebe is to provide a vibrant educational environment for innovative teaching and learning within an interdisciplinary curriculum sparked by creative, critical inquiry and respect for a multiplicity of thoughts, experiences, and identities. Educational environment is both stimulating and rewarding.   

Why Enroll in an Honors Course?  

Taking an honors course is required every semester for the honors students receiving Honors Scholarship with a minimum of 3.75 GPA. Students with certain GPA who are not part of the Honors Scholarship recipients are also invited to enroll in honors classes. Ideally, honors students start their first semester with ASU-Beebe in order to gain all the benefits ASU-Beebe has to offer. By the time of graduation, in order to be considered graduating with honors, students would have taken at least 4 honors courses during their two-year study at ASU-Beebe.   

Honors courses are intended to be more complex, not necessarily more difficult. Faculty members who teach our honors courses are highly encouraged to explore their own pedagogical boundaries. Honors students are challenged to think critically in and beyond the classroom. We believe the Honors Program serves as a nurturing ground for pedagogical innovation and exploration that transforms the quality of educational experiences across the college.  

For eligibility requirements, view the Honors Program Application Package below.

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Fall Rotation of Honors Courses:

ENG 2003H World Literature I (Honors) 3 credits

ECON 2313H Online Principles of Macroeconomics (Honors) 3 credits

Spring Rotation of Honors Courses:

POSC 2103H Intro to U.S. Government (Honors) 3 credits

BIOL 1014H Principles of Biology (Honors) 4 credits

Note: "Add-on" Honors courses are available to accommodate Honors Scholarship students to take Honors courses not included in the regular "free-standing" honors courses rotation.

For consideration, students must submit the Honors Program Application Package by August 5 for fall semester and January 2 for the spring semester. Qualified applicants will then be contacted for an interview with members of the Honors Program committee.

A student may be eligible for the scholarship for a maximum of four semesters. Continuation is reviewed at the end of each semester and requires a 3.50 cumulative GPA with enrollment in at least one Honors course every semester. At least 12 credit hours of Honors courses are required for a student to graduate with Honors. Recipients are expected to be active members of the Beta Omega Alpha, a chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Other expectations are provided on separate guidelines under Honors Programs website.

 

Honor Students' ePortfolios 

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What is Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society?

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) recognizes the academic achievement of college students and provides opportunities for its members to grow as scholars and leaders. Established in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa has a presence on almost 1,300 community college campuses in 11 nations. The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) recognized Phi Theta Kappa as the official honor society for two-year colleges in 1929. More than 3.5 million students have been inducted since 1918, with approximately 250,000 active members in the nation’s community colleges, making Phi Theta Kappa a true catalyst among members and colleges.

For more information you can visit the PTK website at: https://www.ptk.org/ or the FAQ page at: https://www.ptk.org/join/faqs/ 

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What is the difference between the honors program and the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society?

ASU-Beebe's honors program is consisted of specific academic courses that challenge students in the classroom while providing the unique opportunity to work one-on-one with instructors.

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Taking an honors course is required every semester for the Honors students receiving Honors scholarships. Ideally, Honors students start their first semester with ASU-Beebe in order to gain all the benefits ASU-Beebe has to offer. By the time of graduation, in order to be considered graduating with Honors, Honors students would have taken at least 4 honors courses during their two-year study at ASU-Beebe.

Honors courses are intended to be more complex, not necessarily more difficult. Faculty who teach Honors courses are highly encouraged to explore their own pedagogical boundaries. Honors students are challenged to think critically in and beyond the classroom. We believe the Honors Program serves as a nurturing ground for pedagogical innovation and exploration that transforms the quality of educational experiences across the university.

Please refer to the Honors Program Student Guide for a complete guidelines.

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It is a digital collection that documents knowledge, skill, and abilities you have gained through all your experiences in college. Creating and working on an ePortfolio enables you to figure out how all the different aspects of your college experience fit together. In short, it offers  a great opportunity for you to tell your story and share it with faculty, peers, and empowers. 

e-Portfolio Benefits

Having an ePortfolio can benefit you in many ways. Here are some of the main ones:

  1. Discover your purpose. Do you have a clear idea of what you want to do with your life? If you don't have a clear answer, then you are not alone. The ePortfolio gives you a place to figure that out. Treat it as your life journal in your pursuit for life of transformation.
  2. Follow your progress. It does make you feel good and satisfied seeing a bunch of A's on your transcript. However, it does not tell you much about what you have learned. Your ePortfolio gives a more accurate account of all your knowledge and skills.
  3. Make yourself more marketable for jobs, internships, and scholarships. ePortfolios give employers a detailed inventory of what you have to contribute that goes beyond simply a resume. But even if you never share it, creating an ePortfolio itself is a great practice talking about what is essential to you and what you want to accomplish. In addition, sharing with faculty helps you get better, more detailed recommendation letters.

Please start working on your e-Portfolio your first semester. For a complete guidelines, please refer to the Honors e-Portfolio guidelines.

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Our mission in the Honors Program at Arkansas State University-Beebe is to provide a vibrant educational environment for innovative teaching and learning within an interdisciplinary curriculum sparked by creative, critical inquiry and respect for a multiplicity of thoughts, experiences, and identities. Educational environment is both stimulating and rewarding to teach.


Why Teach an Honors Course?

Teaching an honors course is not required of faculty but it adds to a faculty member’s teaching accomplishments (as suggested below) and is properly considered service to the college as a whole. Honors courses are intended to be more complex, not necessarily more difficult. Faculty who teach Honors courses are highly encouraged to explore their own pedagogical boundaries. We know that teaching honors can enhance not your life as faculty but also the lives of all students with whom you work – not just those interacted in Honors courses. We believe the Honors Program serves as a nurturing ground for pedagogical innovation and exploration that transforms the quality of educational experiences across the college.

For further guidelines to create and teach honors courses, please refer to Faculty Guide to Creating and Teaching Honors Courses

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