Honors Program

honors program imageThe Honors Program (HP) at Johnson University offers academically talented undergraduates an opportunity to enhance their University experience through creative coursework, regional cultural events, and association with a small group of outstanding students. Participants enjoy a rich and rigorous educational experience that provides excellent preparation for graduate school or seminary. Incoming freshmen and rising sophomores who meet the Honors Program requirements may apply for admission to the program which begins each fall term. The program is covered under Johnson’s standard tuition structure.

Students enrolled in the Honors Program receive academic, social, and practical benefits including:

  • Special courses and optional customized minors
  • Extra work-study opportunities
  • Off-campus events
  • Early registration
  • HP Wednesday chapel groups
  • Annual Honors Program reception
  • Camaraderie of program membership
  • Extra library privileges such as higher limits on loan materials
  • Waiver of extra charges for a term overload
  • Honors Program recognition on diplomas and transcripts

Academic Elements

Honors Program students may pursue any of Johnson’s undergraduate professional majors or minors.  Like other undergraduate students, Honors Program participants must complete the Bible & Theology Major and the Arts & Sciences Core

In place of two Arts & Sciences Core classes (totaling 6 credit hours) – ENGL 1100 (Introduction to Literature) and ENGL 2200 (English Composition) – HP students complete three courses (9 credit hours) designed for and limited only to HP members and other advanced students. These courses include:

  • One of the following:  ENGL 2340 Intermediate Composition, ENGL 3200 Advanced Composition, or ENGL 4350 Writer’s Workshop
  • CMPR 3600 Spiritual Formation for Honors Program
  • A special upper division elective with the Honors Program coordinator

Honors Program Minors

Honors Program students also have the option of designing one or more customized pre-seminary or pre-graduate school minor programs with a focus in History, Literature or Religious Studies. Each minor requires a total of 18 credit hours (six courses) in any one of these areas of study. Students work with the

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, the dean of Arts & Sciences, and faculty subject matter experts to design the minor and select appropriate courses.

Off-Campus Learning Experiences

Each year Honors students choose from a variety of on-campus and off-campus cultural experiences such as theater, ballet, symphony, literary events, conferences, and museums that enrich their educational experience. Throughout the academic year Honors students attend three special events for which the University pays admission fees and arranges group transportation. Although students are welcome to participate in more than three events, the cost for any additional ticketed events is the responsibility of each student. As part of the program, Honors students may also visit regional museums and sites that have historic, cultural, or scientific significance.

Some off-campus learning experiences include:

  • Abbey of Gethsemani (Bardstown, Kentucky)
  • American Museum of Science and Energy (Oak Ridge, Tennessee)
  • Appalachian Ballet Company (Knoxville, Tennessee)
  • Bijou Theater (Knoxville, Tennessee)
  • Cades Cove (Great Smoky Mountains National Park)
  • Clarence Brown Theatre (Knoxville, Tennessee)
  • East Tennessee Historical Center (Knoxville, Tennessee)
  • Fort Loudoun State Historic Park (Vonore, Tennessee)
  • Knoxville Museum of Art (Knoxville, Tennessee)
  • Knoxville Opera (Knoxville, Tennessee)
  • Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (Knoxville, Tennessee)
  • Knoxville Zoo (Knoxville, Tennessee)
  • McClung Museum (University of Tennessee)
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, Tennessee)
  • Ramsey House Plantation (Knoxville, Tennessee)
  • Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies (Gatlinburg, Tennessee)
  • Tennessee Museum of Aviation (Sevierville, Tennessee)

Learn More

If you would like to learn more about the Honors Program, please contact the Admissions Office or Honors Program Office.

Honors Program Coordinator (Dr. Gerald Mattingly)
Telephone: 865-251-2349

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Honors Program Administrator  (Pamela Mattingly)
Telephone: 865-251-2349 or 800-827-2122 (toll-free)

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Johnson Admissions Office
7900 Johnson Drive
Knoxville, TN 37998
Telephone:  800-827-2122 (toll-free)

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