Frequently Asked Questions

Dean of Honors and Special Programs, Dr. Lori Owens, answers some of the most frequently asked questions about the Honors Program at JSU.

Yes; check Honors Program requirements for deadlines. We recommend that incoming freshmen apply before Gamecock Orientation (GO!) begins in June. If you are a current student, you may apply at any time, during the year. However, please note that you will be required to adjust your schedule to meet the Honors Program requirements.

Yes! In order for you to complete the Honors Program, you must complete 24 hours of Honors course credit, including three 1-hour University Honors (UH) Participation courses. We recommend creating a plan of how you wish to complete your Honors credits and submitting that document with your Honors Program Application. If you have any questions about your eligibility, contact us at 256-782-5696 or

Honors courses are original, enriching, and often taught by JSU’s most innovative and engaging faculty. Honors courses are not designed to be more difficult than non-Honors courses.

Most Honors courses fulfill general university requirements as well as requirements for the student’s chosen major. There is the added benefit of taking courses with similar academic abilities.

Tuition is the same for Honors courses and non-Honors courses.

General university courses are offered with an Honors section, which only Honors Program members may register for. In addition, Honors by Contract and Honors seminars will be available through academic advisement in consultation with the director of the Honors Program.

Honors Curriculum

Students have the opportunity to participate in domestic and international study tours, build documented community service, network with alumni and professionals, and participate in student symposiums all while socializing with Honors instructors and students. 

Benefits of the Honors Program