Honors College: Honors Keystone Application

This is the application for admission to Honors Keystone in the Honors College at Southern Miss. If you are a current Honors College student, you do not need to fill out this application. The deadline for this application is July 19th. Applications submitted beyond this deadline will not be considered unless a formal request has been made to the Honors College. For more information, contact honors@usm.edu.

The Honors College offers an enriched and challenging educational experience for high-achieving, highly engaged students. As a junior and senior in the Keystone curriculum, you have the exciting opportunity to chart your own course through the design and completion of an original research project—the senior Honors Thesis. Working with Honors faculty and with a faculty adviser in your chosen discipline, you will move through a 5-hour course sequence, distributed across four semesters, that guides you through the thesis experience. Each step in the Keystone curriculum provides you with knowledge, skills, and aptitudes that prepare you for successful completion of the thesis project and the achievement of Latin Distinction.

To be eligible for admission, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.4 on at least 45 completed college credit hours and must have completed at least three full-time semesters of college. Current Southern Miss students and prospective transfer students who meet the minimum criteria are encouraged to apply. All students admitted to Honors Keystone must take HON 300 (“Developing the Honors Thesis I”; 1 credit hour), in the fall semester.

$1,000 annually for two years
Supplemental Questions
  1. Preferred First Name
  2. Cell Phone Number
  3. Preferred Email Address
  4. If you are a transfer student, will you have completed Honors graduation requirements from any of the following: Meridian CC Honors College, MGCCC Honors Program, PRCC Honors Institute, Itawamba CC Honors Program, or Jones College Honors Institute?
  5. IF YES: Please upload in the space below a note on letterhead from your Honors program director or a transcript that certifies your status as an Honors program graduate.
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