Academic Honors and Honor Organizations
Semester honors are based on grades earned during the fall and spring semester. To be eligible, students must have completed a minimum of fifteen (15) hours, earned letter grades (excluding P), and have no Incompletes.
A student who has earned at least a 3.70 GPA with no grade below C will be named to the Dean's List.
Eligibility for the designation of academic honors at graduation is based on all college course work attempted including courses taken at other colleges and courses at Judson.
The honor designations are:
Summa cum laude 3.90 - 4.00 GPA
Magna cum laude 3.75 - 3.89 GPA
Cum laude 3.50 - 3.74 GPA
In computing the grade point average, the minimum required averages of 3.90, 3.75 and 3.50 cannot be achieved by rounding.
- Purpose. The purpose of the Honors Program is to provide the student who has demonstrated scholarly ability with the opportunity to undertake a major research project.
- Research Project Criteria. The research project must be planned by the Honors candidate in consultation with her Judson College faculty sponsor(s) and approved by the Honors Committee. For a project to be acceptable, it must be independent, original research or experimentation that goes beyond normal college class work and be acceptable as early graduate school work for the student's field of study. The project must culminate in a thesis, performance with a written explanation or description, or a detailed report of a project/experiment conducted by the student. The research activities must be conducted by the candidate, and the final product of her approved Honors project must represent her work. The candidate's research activities will be reported periodically to her Judson College faculty sponsor(s) and the Judson College Honors Committee.
- Student Qualifications and Admission. Faculty members nominate candidates from their academic field to the Honors Program no earlier than the end of the candidate's freshman year and no later than twelve months prior to the candidate's graduation. Faculty members should submit a nomination letter to the Honors Committee at least one week before the student presents her prospectus. The letter should state the student's qualifications for the Honors Program, her intended project, and must include the student's current GPA. The student must maintain a 3.5 GPA from the time of entry into the program until graduation. If a student receives an "F", the class must be retaken and a higher grade received.
- Process. No later than twelve months prior to graduation, the student shall be admitted to the program and shall, with the concurrence of the department in which she will be working, submit to the Honors Committee for approval a formal prospectus of her honors thesis or project report. The prospectus will include a statement of title, the thesis to be sustained, the methodology to be employed, the project outline, the style guide to be followed, a preliminary bibliography, and the names of at least two (but not more than four) sponsoring faculty members. The prospectus will become a binding document that the Honors Committee will use in determining if the candidate successfully sustained the proposed thesis. Therefore, the prospectus must be thorough and accurate. The Honors Committee may require the student to re-write unclear sections of the prospectus prior to approving the prospectus and admitting the student to the program. The student may revise the prospectus, with the approval of the Honors Committee, prior to the mid-project report. A student's involvement in an off-campus research program as a part of her research process may necessitate a postponement of the above deadline for submitting the prospectus. If such is the case, the student should advise the Honors Committee in writing of her intentions and should submit a formal prospectus as soon after the deadline as possible. This delay must not exceed ninety days. The student is required to submit to the Honors Committee for evaluation a mid-project oral report on the progress of her project. The student must schedule this oral report with the chairman of the Honors Committee no later than five months prior to her graduation. Eight weeks before graduation the student must submit the written portion of her project to the Honors Committee. Prior to this, both sponsoring faculty members must have approved the completed work. Six weeks before graduation the student will give an oral presentation to the Committee for approval. At least one of the sponsoring faculty members must be in attendance at the presentation. Although the completed thesis or project report is acceptable in form and content, the student will be required to correct any mechanical errors. Such corrections must be made no later than two weeks prior to graduation, at which time the completed thesis or project report (original and two copies) will be submitted to the chairman of the Honors Committee. All thesis and project reports become the property of Judson College. Material pertaining to the thesis or project report (art work, performance recordings, media material, etc.) will be retained by Judson College until media duplication can be arranged. This period should not exceed six months from the student's graduation from Judson College.
- Credit Hours and Grading. The student in the Honors Program is awarded no credit hours or grades for any of the work performed toward completion of the program.
- Privileges. The student admitted to the Honors Program is invited to participate in Faculty Forum, may be assigned a carrel in the library, and may have materials assigned indefinitely to that carrel.
- Honors Committee. The Vice President and Academic Dean will appoint a committee comprised of at least one member from each academic division. The faculty sponsor for each Honors student will join the committee during the time their student is reporting to the Committee.
Academic Honor Societies
Alpha Phi Sigma - Criminal Justice
Beta Beta Beta - Biology
Delta Omicron - Music
Jane Jewett - Leadership and service campus wide
Kappa Delta Epsilon - Education
Phi Alpha Theta - History
Sigma Beta Delta - Business
Sigma Tau Delta - English
Academic Departmental Organizations
Mathematical Association of America
PSYCH-Key (Psychology Club)
Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)
Student Alabama Education Association
Honors Convocation Awards
Each spring during Honors Convocation, Judson students are recognized for outstanding academic achievement. The academic awards presented include:
Beta Beta Beta
CRC Freshman Chemistry Achievement
Delta Kappa Gamma Grant
Hill Crest Foundation
Jane Jewett Scholarship
Kappa Delta Epsilon
Mary Whitfield Lee Memorial
May Murfee Anderson Scholarship
Phi Alpha Theta Scholarship
Richard W. Fullerton
Sallie McAllister Curb Arnold Art Award
Students in Free Enterprise
Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities
Academic Department Awards
At Commencement the following awards are presented to outstanding graduating seniors:
The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award is presented to a senior and a non-student demonstrating outstanding qualities of love and helpfulness to others.
The Judson Bible Award is the presentation of a Bible to the senior rendering the most outstanding Christian service to the college during her time at Judson.
The Judson Scholarship Award is the presentation of a bowl to the senior who maintained the highest academic grade point average during her academic career at Judson.
The Faulkner Award is presented to a senior distinguishing herself as an outstanding student and enthusiastic supporter of Judson through active participation in campus activities and demonstrating good sportsmanship, neatness, promptness and loyal cooperation.