Dec 05, 2020  
Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016 
Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Southern Scholars Honors Program

Southern Scholars Honors Program

The Mission:

Southern Adventist University seeks to provide motivated and capable students with an enhanced interdisciplinary educational experience that emphasizes the integration of spiritual values into our knowledge of nature and society. The Program was created to give intellectually motivated students enriched learning experiences and a community of peers devoted to a vigorous life of the mind that encourages student responsibility for their learning. Southern Scholars welcome intellectual challenge and learning opportunities, both in and out of the classroom.

The honors program is designed for students who bring to their baccalaureate studies a high degree of motivation and intellectual curiosity. Special projects, inter-disciplinary studies, and designated honors courses provide a challenging and intellectually stimulating educational experience. Degrees of depth and breadth are attained in this experience beyond those normally attained in regular baccalaureate studies.

The program is administered by an Honors Committee which admits students to the program and discontinues honors status of those who fail to maintain minimum program standards. Its members also advise individual Southern Scholars and continually monitor their progress.

Admission to the program is competitive and limited to 25 per year. Eligible freshmen must have an ACT of 23 or higher or SAT of 1070 or higher, a high school GPA of 3.70 or higher, and complete an online application by July 30. Students who have completed at least 31 and at most 62 semester hours (exceptions may be granted under special conditions) with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher may also apply. Refer to the Southern Scholars Honors Program Requirements for further clarification of admission and eligibility criteria.

To continue as an active Southern Scholar in good and regular standing, students must complete a minimum of 12 credits each semester and 31 credits each calendar year. They must also enroll in appropriate honors sequence courses, receive a GPA of 3.00 average or higher in the honors sequence courses and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50. Southern Scholars on academic warning are welcome to participate in Southern Scholar social events, but are not eligible for financial benefits. For further information regarding the Southern Scholars Honors Program visit the website at All honors students are expected to graduate within a four-year period unless involved in study abroad, student mission service, or internship.

Ordinarily, all courses of the honors sequence must be taken in residence. Limited exceptions may be made by the honors committee. Students already enrolled at Southern Adventist University who wish to take honors sequence classes at another institution must secure prior approval from the honors committee.

Honors Studies Sequence

  1. General Education
    Honors students must meet regular General Education requirements with the following stipulations:
    • Area S-1a  All incoming freshmen Southern Scholars must take NOND 101-Southern Connections (A-6), Southern Scholars.
    • Area I-1b ENGL 103 must be selected in place of ENGL 102.
    • Area I-2a MATH 191 or MATH 215 must be selected.
    • Area R-3, R-4 One of the following courses must be selected: RELB 268, PHYS 317/RELT 317, BIOL 421/RELT 421, or RELT 467.
    • Area I-3c Foreign language competency must be attained at the intermediate level.
    • Area S-3a ELIT 445 must be selected.
    • Area I-3b HMNT 205 must be selected.
    • Area I-4  One of the following science sequences must be selected: BIOL 101 - BIOL 102;  BIOL 151 - BIOL 152; CHEM 151 - CHEM 152; PHYS 211 - PHYS 212 or PHYS 221 - PHYS 222 with PHYS 213 - PHYS 214.
  2. Honors Seminar
    HMNT 451, HMNT 452, a sequence of eight seminar sessions, one each month, September through April taken during the junior or senior year.
  3. Project (2-3 hours, Directed Study)
    A significant scholarly project, involving research, writing, or special performance, appropriate to the major in question, is ordinarily completed the senior year. Ideally, this project will demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the student’s major field and some other discipline. The project is expected to be of sufficiently high quality to warrant a grade of A and to justify public presentation. The completed project submitted in duplicate must be submitted electronically and to Projects must be approved by the Honors Committee in consultation with the student’s supervising professor four weeks prior to graduation. The 2-3 hours of credit for this project is done as a directed study or in a research class.

Southern Scholars Honors Program Scholarships

The Southern Scholars Honors Program is designed to enrich the studies of academically motivated students. After successfully completing one year in Southern Scholars, the following scholarships will be awarded:

  • $1,500 for the 2nd year of Southern Scholars
  • $2,500 for the 3rd year of Southern Scholars
  • $3,500 for the 4th year of Southern Scholars

A maximum of 25 new students will be accepted into the Southern Scholars program each year. For more information, call Dr. Mark Peach at 423.236.2743 or email him at