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.

The priority deadline is May 1, but 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.

Students should apply for the Honors Program by the time they earn 31 semester hours. Please contact the Honors Program to discuss a Plan of Study for earning the required Honors hours prior to graduation.

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

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

General university courses are offered with an Honors section. Additionally, Honors by Contract and Honors seminars will be available through academic advisement in consultation with the Dean of the Honors Program. Honors Program members have first priority in registering for Honors classes

Honors Curriculum

Students have the opportunity to participate in domestic and international study courses, 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