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Northark Honors Program 

Big Ideas for Bright Minds:  More Fun Not More Work!

Sherri Townsend, Director
Office: M171A
Telephone: (870) 391-3279
Email: stownsend@northark.edu

About Us

As a participant in the Honors Program, you will have exciting and creative learning opportunities. You may take honor sections of general education courses each semester. All these courses transfer to four-year institutions or count toward an associate degree. In honors classes, you approach learning from a different perspective. You take a more active role, working in small classes on individual and group projects with your classmates and instructors. Therefore, your work is different, not more difficult and not more time consuming.


  • Small class size (Limit of 15 students per class)
  • Engaged and motivated peers
  • One-on-one faculty mentor
  • Recognition at graduation
  • Use of honors study room (M171) (includes use of computers, printer, telephone (391-3273), refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot, message board)
  • Sense of ownership in your classes
  • Academic achievement looks great on your transcript
  • Active learning through class projects and  discussions
  • On-campus activities
  • Access to computers
  • More field trips and chances to take your learning outside the classroom
  • Special seminars and guest speakers

Who can join

You may be eligible to participate in the Honors Program if you have met one of the following requirements:

1. A 22 composite ACT and 3.3 GPA from high school

2. A 23 ACT English, Math, or Science and 3.3 GPA from high school

3. A Compass Writing 96, Reading 92, or Algebra 58 and a 3.3 GPA from high school

4. 12 or more college hours with 3.3 GPA

How do I graduate from the Honors Program?

To graduate from the Honors Program, you must hold a 3.3 GPA and you must complete 18 hours of honors classes; 3 hours must be Critical Thought PHIL 1103. However, you may take honors classes without completing the requirement for graduation. If you do not meet the entry requirements for taking an honors class, you may still take the class with the permission of the instructor and/or the honors coordinator.

Honors Classes Offered:

Honors Classes –Fall
College Algebra MAT 1223
English Composition ENGL 1013
General Psychology PSYC 2003
U.S. History I HIST 2003
Western Civilization I HIST 1003
World Literature I/II, ENGL 2213/2223

Honors Classes- Spring
Art Appreciation ART 1003
Critical Thought PHIL 1103
English Composition ENGL 1023
General Biology BIOL 1004
Introduction to Sociology SOC 2013
Oral Communications SPCH 1313
U.S. History II HIST 2013
Western Civilization II HIST 1013

* Some of the above classes may only be offered every other year.

Comments from Students:

"The honors program gives people who have focus, concern, and desire to learn a place to come together and grow."

"I thought I was not smart enough for the program. I am glad I proved myself wrong!"

Take the challenge and give yourself a chance, too!