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Requirements for Honors Program

Incoming students are invited to apply to the Honors Program based on ACT or SAT scores.

Successful completion of 24 hours or more of Honors credit.

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.


Requirements for Honors Classes

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.

Honors Program members are required to complete at least three hours from the following list of Honors Participation courses during their freshman and sophomore years. Students must enroll in one academic Honors class and one UH 1-hour Participation class their first freshman semester. All UH participation classes must be completed by the sophomore year. These participation courses count as part of the required 24 hours of Honors courses. Entering freshmen who have earned 31 or more credit hours may apply for a waiver of two of the three required UH courses.

University Honors (UH) Honors Lecture 101 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 201 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 202 1 hour course; Pass/Fail.  Students may take a maximum of two of these.  Students enrolled in this course will perform assigned reading and actively participate in class discussions.

Contact the Honors Program Coordinator for further information.
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