You have the opportunity to graduate with honors through our Emerging Scholars Program. This program is designed to allow students to customize their honors experience through completion of required interdisciplinary seminars, focused course enrichments and a capstone senior honors thesis.
The Emerging Scholars Program is available to all students, provided you maintain a Central College GPA of 3.50 and successfully complete all the requirements. Additionally, entering students meeting certain academic criteria are eligible to participate during your first semester at Central. Applications to the Emerging Scholars program can take place either during the 2nd or 3rd year of study.
Honors Seminars group students together from a variety of disciplines to explore topics from an interdisciplinary perspective. These one-semester-hour courses are often taken by first-year students as their introduction to the Emerging Scholars Program.
At Central, every course can be an honors course by adding an Honors Enrichment Credit to any course in which you have special interest. Through honors enrichments, you have the opportunity to work closely with a professor to dig deeper into a subject of interest. Generally taken in the second year of study, enrichments help build mentorship relationships that can lead to other opportunities such as summer research and senior honors thesis.
The capstone of the Emerging Scholars Program is the Senior Honors Thesis, a significant research project spearheaded by the student, and supervised by a faculty member and second reader. Students who complete a thesis distinguish themselves when applying for graduate school, fellowships and employment.