Honors Program

Director:  Dr. Lori Owens

107 Martin Hall

In keeping with the university’s mission of serving the academic needs of a diverse student population, the Honors Program provides academically gifted students with the opportunity to develop fully their intellectual potential. The Honors Program provides an enriched educational experience by fostering a strong grounding in the liberal arts and sciences, small classes, interaction with other outstanding and motivated students, instruction from some of JSU’s most innovative and engaging faculty, special activities, and special recognition for students successfully completing 24 hours or more of Honors courses. Students who are recipients of the JSU Honors Scholarship have additional requirements for the Honors Program.  For more information about the requirements, please contact the Honors Office.  Incoming students are invited to apply for admission to the program based on a 25 composite ACT score or SAT equivalent and a high school GPA of a B or higher.  Since test scores may not always provide a complete picture of ability, students may also apply to the Honors Program following the completion of their first semester at JSU if they earned a GPA of 3.50 or higher.  May 1 is the priority deadline for entering freshmen applying to the Honors Program, but the Honors Program accepts applications throughout the year.  The application and guidelines are available at http://www.jsu.edu/honors-program or by calling (256) 782-5696.

JSU offers Honors courses which fulfill many 100-level and 200-level course requirements, as well as “Honors by Contract” opportunities for 300-level and higher numbered courses in most majors. Students must be members of the Honors Program in order to enroll in Honors courses.

University Honors (UH) Participation courses, UH 101 Honors Lecture (1)UH 201 Honors Forum (1), and UH 202 Honors Book Club (1), are designed for freshmen and sophomores in the Honors Program and offer a true Honors experience featuring smaller classes and engaging dialogue regardless of major.  These participation courses count as part of the required 24 hours of Honors credit.  Entering freshmen who have earned 31 or more credit hours may apply for a waiver of two of the three required UH Participation courses.

Students may select from a variety of general education courses to meet the required Honors credit or enroll in Honors by Contract courses in their major and minor to fulfill Honors credit. Students with Advanced Placement and/or Dual Enrollment credit may find the Honors by Contract option very advantageous in completing the required Honors credit. Students are encouraged to gravitate toward their strengths in selecting Honors courses. The Honors Program will work individually with students to develop a pathway to earn the required Honors credit.

Course Title Credits
ART 203Honors Art Appreciation3
BY 105Honors Introductory Biology I3
BY 106Honors Introductory Biology II3
BY 107Honors Introductory Biology Lab I1
BY 108Honors Intro Biology Lab II1
CS 202Honors Introduction to Information Technology3
DR 252Honors Introduction to the Theatre3
EC 225Honors Principles of Microeconomics3
EC 226Honors Principles of Macroeconomics3
EH 103Honors English Composition I3
EH 104Honors English Composition II3
EH 219Honors Literature I3
EH 220Honors Literature II3
HY 103Honors Western Civilization I3
HY 104Honors Western Civilization II3
HY 203Honors American History I3
HY 204Honors American History II3
MU 236Honors Introduction to Music3
PSY 202Honors Principles of Psychology3
PSY 498Honors Thesis I3
PSY 499Honors Thesis II3
SY 222Honors Introduction to Sociology3
UH 101Honors Lecture1
UH 201Honors Forum1
UH 202Honors Book Club1
UH 399Honors Study Abroad1-18

For further information, contact the Director of the Honors Program, Martin Hall 104 and 107, honors@jsu.edu, or http://www.jsu.edu/honors-program

UH 101  Honors Lecture  (1)  

This course is an open forum for the discussion of ideas and submission of reflective papers and/or service learning projects. The topic of the course will vary each semester (service learning, education reform, poverty, tax reform, etc.). May be repeated for a total of two credit hours. Pass/Fail.

UH 201  Honors Forum  (1)  

Students attend selected campus events, followed by discussion and a reflection paper. Attendance is required at 3-5 events, as approved by the Honors Program. May be repeated for a total of two credit hours with permission from the Honors Program. Grades: Pass/Fail.

UH 202  Honors Book Club  (1)  

Students enrolled in this course will perform assigned readings and actively participate in class discussions. May be repeated for a total of two credit hours. Pass/Fail.

UH 300  Honors Special Topics: Interdisciplinary  (1)  

Prerequisite(s): Members of the Honors Program in good standing and junior or senior status; students must have earned the required 3 hours of UH participation for freshmen and sophomores (UH 101, UH 201 or UH 202); and permission of Honors Program.

The topic will vary and appeal to students from various disciplines. This course will provide upper-level Honors students the opportunity to draw on their educational experience and utilize their critical thinking skills in an interdisciplinary manner. May be repeated for a total of two credit hours. Students may not repeat the same course topic or theme.

UH 398  Honors Study Away  (1-18)  

(1 to 18). Involves domestic study for Honors credit. Topics, excursions, and requirements determined by the Honors Program. May be duplicated for credit; however only three (3) credits may be applied toward the completion of the required Honors hours. Subject to minimum and maximum numbers. Advance deposit and permission of the Honors Program required.

UH 399  Honors Study Abroad  (1-18)  

(1 to 18). Involves short-term and long-term international study for Honors credit. Topics, excursions, and requirements determined by the Honors Program. May be duplicated for credit; however only three (3) credits may be applied toward the completion of the required Honors hours. Subject to minimum and maximum numbers. Advance deposit and permission of the Honors Program required.

UH 439  University Honors Model Debate Team: Global Issues  (1)  

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore status, member of the Honors Program in good standing, and permission of instructor.

Students learn about global issues by representing other countries in model simulations such as Model United Nations and Model Arab League. Students research, write, debate, negotiate and pass resolutions on issues of international concern. Repeatable up to four (4) times, but only three (3) hours count toward Honors credit. This course is cross listed with PSC 439, and only one course may be taken for credit.