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General Honors


The main purpose of General Honors is to broaden the student’s intellectual perspectives. To this end, students are encouraged to take honors courses in as many different areas of study as possible.

Basic Policies

Most of the courses students will take for General Honors are 1000-2000 level courses that satisfy the university’s General Education requirements or serve as introductory courses in a student’s major. It is permissible for 3000-4000 level courses to be taken for General Honors; however, 1000- and 2000-level honors courses may not be applied toward the requirements of Departmental Honors, nor may a 3000-4000 level course count for both General Honors and Departmental Honors. Typically, students take most of their General Honors courses during the freshman and sophomore years, although many students enroll in General Honors courses as juniors and seniors.

Honors courses can be counted towards either General Honors or Departmental Honors but not for both General and Departmental Honors.


  • To be awarded the Certificate of Achievement in General Honors, the following requirements must be satisfied:
  • Completion of a minimum of 18 credit hours from three or more groups (see below) If a student uses an English (ENGL) course or courses to satisfy the requirement for a group I course, he or she cannot use an English (ENGL) course or courses to satisfy the group IV requirement.; At least three hours from three or more groups (see below); and
  • At least three hours in each of three or more subjects (e.g., ENGL, MTHS)
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.40 or higher on all coursework taken at Clemson (non-honors as well as honors courses).
  • A grade of A or B in all courses taken to fulfill the requirements of General Honors.
  • Completion of all University requirements for graduation.
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