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Honors Program

Mission Statement

The Honors Program at Jacksonville State University provides academically gifted students with an enriched educational experience in a diverse range of courses that foster independent, critical thinking and effective communication. The Honors Program helps students fulfill their potential in their chosen fields while preparing them to meet the challenges and responsibilities of becoming citizens with global perspectives.


Honors Program Description

The Honors Program is designed to engage students' intellectual curiosity and develop their skills to think and study independently, creating connections between students and their communities. The main component of the program is the offering of classes that focus on these educational aspects, helping students who are intellectually curious and self-motivated find ways to expand their ideas and perspectives on the world and their place in it. Students may wish only to take Honors classes, but applying to and becoming a member of the full program includes extra benefits. The small classes and other activities associated with the program, including special advisement, career planning, and service opportunities, help to create an interdisciplinary and interdependent community of scholars engaging one-on-one and as groups with each other and their professors, the university, and the wider community.

In addition, Honors Program members will receive special recognition at graduation.

Students must be members of the Honors Program to enroll in Honors classes. Click here to complete the Honors Program Application.

A typical Honors student should present the following:

  • Writing skills at least adequate to the demand of society at large.
  • Evidence of involvement in extracurricular and academic organizations.
  • For incoming freshmen
    • A high school GPA of B or above
    • An ACT composite score of at least 25 or SAT equivalent score
  • Any student who does not qualify based on ACT score as an entering freshman may reapply after completing a semester with an overall GPA of 3.5+ at JSU.
  • Individual departments may have specific English and Math subscore requirements.


Honors Program Goals and Objectives

The Honors Board, dedicated to offering challenging and innovative academic opportunities, supervises the Honors Program and has established the following goals and objectives for the program:

  • To foster critical thinking and intellectual curiosity
  • To promote the open exchange of ideas
  • To value the strength that comes with inclusiveness
  • To encourage innovative and interdisciplinary classroom instruction
  • To embrace service and social responsibility
  • To prepare students to be leaders in their chosen fields


Honors Board

Dr. Lori J. Owens
Director of Honors Program, Chair
Director of Academic Services

Dr. Benjie Blair
Professor of Biology

Mr. Andrew C. Green
Director of Enrollment Management

Dr. Tony McCutchen
Professor of Music

Dr. Ellen Peck
Assistant Professor of Drama

Ms. Janet Whitmore
Coordinator of Honors Program

Ms. Lisa Williams
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

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