Here are the requirements for being invited into the Nisbet Honors Program and for being recognized as a Nisbet Honors graduate.
Students enter the program either as incoming freshmen or as late entrants.
Incoming Freshmen: To be eligible for admission to the Nisbet Honors Program, incoming freshmen must complete an application to Converse and be accepted. Admission to the program is competitive, and a select number of entering freshmen are invited into the program based on their outstanding high school performance and their potential for success in college. Students will receive a letter in the mail from the Honors Program inviting them into the program, and students indicate their willingness to take part by registering for their first honors course, a freshman honors seminar, in the fall of their first year.
Late Entrants: Students who do very well once they have begun their studies at Converse are also considered for the program. Freshmen and Converse II students must earn at least a 3.5 GPA after taking 12 hours at Converse to be invited to apply. After receiving an invitation to apply, a student is required to complete an application, request a letter of recommendation from a full-time professor at Converse, and submit a graded sample of 2-3 pages of her writing. If her application is accepted, she may immediately begin participating in honors extracurricular activities and may take honors courses starting the next term.
All students who apply should realize that Honors Program courses are not regularly offered in the evenings.
To complete the Nisbet Honors Program and be recognized at graduation, students must perform well in academic courses after entering the Honors Program. To remain in the program, members should maintain a GPA above 3.0 and receive grades of B- or better in honors courses.
To graduate from the Nisbet Honors Program, students complete a minimum of 5 honors courses in the following categories:
- Freshman honors seminar (or, if a student enters as a late entrant, another honors course to replace it)
- Interdisciplinary honors seminar (299H course)
- Junior honors seminar
- Two upper-level honors courses or a senior honors thesis
To complete her last two required honors courses, a student may either do the Senior Honors Thesis (which counts for two courses) or take two additional honors courses. One of those courses may be an honors directed independent study. Generally, a student may not take more than one honors directed independent study.