Incoming students are invited to apply to the Honors Program based on ACT or SAT scores.
Successful completion of 24 hours or more.
Students with AP or dual enrollment credit will have the opportunity to earn the required Honors hours. A wide variety of Honors courses in the general education curriculum along with Honors Participation courses are offered each semester.
Classes in the Honors Program are designed for outstanding, motivated students and are taught in small classes by some of JSU's most innovative and engaging faculty. Honors classes are small and are offered in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences, and mathematics. In fact, many Honors classes fulfill freshman and sophomore general education requirements in degree majors. Honors students are also eligible for special Honors Seminars and Honors by Contract classes.
Effective for the fall 2016 semester, entering freshmen in the Honors Program are required to complete the Honors version of the First Year Experience UH STU 103 course and four hours from the following Honors Participation courses during their freshman and sophomore years.
University Honors (UH) Honors Lecture (100 level) 1 hour course; Pass/Fail. Students may take a maximum of two of these. The topic of this course would vary each semester (service learning, education reform, poverty, tax reform, etc.). This course would be an open forum for the discussion of ideas and submission of reflective papers and/or service learning projects.
University Honors (UH) Forum (200 level) 1 hour course; Pass/Fail. Students may take a maximum of two of these. Students enrolled in these courses will be required to attend a certain number of campus events (pre-approved by Honors) and discuss and submit reflective papers for each event.
University Honors (UH) Book Club (200 level) 1 hour course; Pass/Fail. Students may take a maximum of two of these. Students enrolled in this course will read two to three books and actively participate in class discussions.