Honors College Advising
Exploratory Advising helps Honors College students maximize their Honors curriculum
through coursework and cocurricular experiences.
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There are three different paths an Honors student can take which are listed here: Honors Curriculum Requirements
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- Assists first-year Honors students with courses and Honors requirements
- Once a student has "transitioned" to college advising, assists with Honors curriculum requirements only
- Assists with schedule planning related to the major you choose after the first year. Your major advisor is your primary resource for course selection within your academic program.
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Requirements for the first semester:
Student will meet with their advisor during the first few weeks of the term to discuss how their semester has started and to reinforce the role of the academic counselor, address any issues of concern, and to look ahead to the pre-registration process for the next semester. This pre-registration meeting takes place once every semester. Students will be able to talk to their academic advisor about their academic progress, discuss possible course options for their second semester at the university, and review the online course registration process.
Requirements for the second semester:
This pre-registration meeting typically takes place during a student's second term. During this second pre-registration meeting academic advisors will focus on reinforcing academic milestones for degree progression (and the consequences for not meeting these requirements), sharing information about the resources and opportunities that the academic college has to offer, while looking ahead to the preregistration process for the next semester. Students will be required to meet with their academic advisor to talk about their academic progress, discuss possible course options for their third semester at the university, and to review the advising transition process.
Honors Advising for Sophomores, Juniors, and SeniorsToggle More InfoYou do not have any required meetings that you have to attend with Exploratory Advising. You only need to complete the Honors Curriculum that you choose. However, Exploratory Advising is here to help you maximize the time that you have in the Honors College by taking Honors courses, completing Honors Experiences, and getting engaged in the Honors College community. Honors College students are encouraged to meet with Exploratory Advising at least once per year during the sophomore, junior, and senior year to stay on track for a timely graduation.
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All Honors Students are required to complete two or one Honors Experience, dependent on the curriculum they select.
Complete nine (9) credits of Honors courses with the prefix IDH, ISS, ISC
Only applies to the Honors Scholars and Honors Foundations curriculum options
Only applies to the Honors Foundations curriculum option
Complete an Honors Thesis or Honors Independent Research *OR*
- Complete an independent or directed study course*
- Complete an internship consisting of more than 70 hours*
- Work with a professor for more than 70 hours on an academic research project*
- Work with a professor on a project or paper (includes artistic performance/presentation) that was presented at a regional, state, national, or international conference
*Cannot already be required by major
Complete four (4) credits from the following Honors courses: IDS 3920, IDS 3300 and IDH 4638C *OR*
- Complete 160+ hours of service learning (documented through Eagle Career Link)
- Take a leadership role in a service project in the top 10% of FGCU students
- Take a leadership role in a service project recognized at Community Engagement Day
Study Away/Study Abroad
Complete one (1) course with an Honors College Study Abroad Trip *OR*
- Go on an FGCU-sponsored trip outside of FL for 7+ days
- Go on a study abroad experience sponsored by another institution for 14+ days
- Go on a study abroad experience on your own for 28+ days
- Complete a language-learning experience beyond the intermediate level
- Be an international exchange student or live in the U.S. for less than 2 years
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