Honors study at Maryville College may be pursued in four ways. Participation in any honors program is reserved for those students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher and those students who have attained sophomore standing. However first year Presidential and Dean’s scholars often enroll in Honors Tutorial Training. Honors work is voluntary, except for Presidential Scholars and Dean’s Scholars, who are required to participate in a limited number of honors activities. Honors study is distinct from and in no way related to honors designations for graduating seniors (cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude). Honors study is noted on College transcripts.
Honors Seminars are offered occasionally by distinguished members of the Maryville College faculty. Honors seminars may be special sections of regular course offerings, or they may cover topics not regularly a part of the College curriculum. Honors seminars may be electives, major courses (if approved by the academic division chair), or general education courses (if approved by the Chair of the Core Curriculum). Enrollment in honors seminars is limited in most cases to fifteen students, with first priority for enrollment for seniors, followed by juniors and sophomores. Honors seminars are listed in the Schedule of Courses booklet.
Honors Study in Major Courses permits students of superior ability to pursue honors study related to major courses in which they are registered. The honors work goes beyond basic course requirements and may take the form of additional reading, writing, experimentation or creative work, or any combination of these. For successful completion of honors study in a major course, students receive one additional credit hour beyond the regular credit allotment for the course. Arrangements for honors study are negotiated with the course instructor and require the approval of the academic division chair. The arrangements must be reported to the Registrar not later than the first week of the course.
Honors Tutorial Practica are programs of tutoring and/or other appropriate academic work with faculty under the coordination of the Learning Center staff. Each practicum in this special program is awarded one credit hour and the course may be repeated to a maximum of four credit hours. With the permission of the instructor, the practicum may be taken on a non-credit basis. Satisfactory completion of Honors Tutorial Training is a prerequisite to all Honors Tutorial Practica.
Honors in Applied Music is a program intended for students pursuing the Bachelor of Music degree in piano or vocal performance and for students who wish some additional performance emphasis within other degree programs. Three credit hours per semester are earned for an hour lesson or two half-hour lessons and at least ten hours practice per week. In addition, in the course of the academic year, sophomores must perform as soloist for at least ten minutes in student recitals, juniors must give a half-hour recital, and seniors must give a full recital. Enrollment in the honors program in applied music requires the approval of the music faculty, based on successful audition and evidence of talent and good practice habits.