Jun 17, 2021  
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 [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.

Eligible freshmen must have an ACT of 23 or equivalent SAT, R-SAT, or higher, a high school GPA of 3.70 or higher, and complete an online application. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis. 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 http://southern.edu/southernscholars. 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:
  2. Complete six (6) hours of additional honors coursework: 

TOTAL 39-41 Hours

*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 http://turnitin.com. 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.

**If your B.A. major requires a foreign language, you must select other honors coursework for your 6 credits of honors electives.

Note: As is it with honors courses, the guiding concept for an honors contract course should be “enrichment, not extra.” That is, the terms of the honors contract should be challenging and demanding not by simply assigning more work, but by mining more educational value from the work that is assigned. Contracts that merely require longer papers, extra homework, etc. will not be approved. Honors contract courses are approved as an honors elective by the honors faculty committee.

Southern Scholars Honors Program Scholarships

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

Participation in Honors Program for 2nd year $1,500
Participation in Honors Program for 3rd year $2,500
Participation in Honors Program for 4th year $3,500

For more information, contact Dr. Linda Tym at 423.236.2346 or email her at lindatym@southern.edu.