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The Honors Program at Austin Peay State University

The Honors Program is designed to challenge students and provide opportunities for creative exploration and intellectual development. The program requires motivated students to fulfill a minimum of 25 hours of honors designated courses, including a senior thesis.  There is also a non-thesis option that requires 30 Honors credit hours.  Honors courses are available in the general education core, as separate courses, and in upper-division courses in the various majors.

Vision statement

The Austin Peay State University Honors Program empowers life-long learners committed to civic and community engagement with the capacity to pursue fulfilling intellectual and professional paths in a global cultural and economic marketplace. 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Austin Peay State University Honors program is to support and engage high-achieving students by providing a welcoming physical space and a vigorous intellectual climate that encourages honest debate and social growth through the open exchange of ideas.  The program features interdisciplinary coursework developed by talented academicians, and offers co-curricular opportunities at APSU and beyond.

This mission is accomplished by:

What qualifications do I need to apply to the Honors Program?

Applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2022. Applicants who are coming directly from high school must have a minimum 3.5 unweighted high-school GPA or a minimum 24 on the ACT. Please apply at the Honors Program Application. High-achieving students who transfer to Austin Peay can also apply to the Honors Program by contacting the Director of the Honors Program at Honors@apsu.edu.

Transfer student information: 

Transfer students must have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA from their prior institution. Any prior Honors credit may be applied as substitutions for Honors courses at APSU. Transfer students will only be required to complete the courses appropriate to their level of achievement. For example, a student who comes in as a junior will be required to complete at least 12 hours of Honors coursework. 

What benefits will I receive from being in the Honors Program?

What is Required of Honors Program Students?

This table is an example of how a student might complete the program: 





HON 1000 as sub for APSU 1000

HON 1045 (Interdisciplinary Thought) as a sub for ENGL 1020

HON 2220 Dialogue on Diversity as a sub for ENGL 2330


HON 2510 Ethnography of Work

One HON course from General Education core OR any HON prefix course


One 3000-4000 course in major

One 3000-4000 course in major


HON 4050

HON 4050 (can be repeated) or other upper-division Hon course


Honors students will abide by the Code of Student Conduct as set forth in the APSU Student Handbook. Infractions against the Code of Student Conduct may result in disciplinary action, up to and including removal from the Honors Program.