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The Honors Program offers academically talented undergraduates on the Tennessee campus 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 requirements may apply for admission to the program, which begins every fall and spring term.
Admission requirements include:
Students enrolled in the Honors Program receive academic, social, and practical benefits, including:
Off-campus cultural experiences include the theater, ballet, symphony, literary events, and conferences. Honors students must attend at least three performances or events distributed over Fall and Spring Terms each academic year. The University pays admission fees and arranges group transportation. Students are welcome to participate in more than the required number of group field trips, but must pay their own admission for extra ticketed events. In addition to special events, students visit regional museums or sites that have historic, cultural, or scientific significance. Examples include the Abbey of Gethsemani, the American Museum of Science and Energy, the East Tennessee Historical Center, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Like other baccalaureate students, Honors Program participants must complete the Arts & Sciences Core, the Bible & Theology Core, and at least one professional major or minor. All Honors Program members complete the following three academic requirements:
(1) Complete at least 9 credits from Arts and Sciences Core courses in Honors sections. The Johnson University course schedule will note which section is an Honors Program Section. Possible options include:
(2) Complete either Cultural Anthropology (3) or Urban Anthropology in place of Encountering Cultures: City as Text (3).
(3) Complete Spiritual Formation (3) in place of one semester of Chapel.
Program members also participate in Wednesday HP Chapel Groups in at least three semesters. These small groups read and discuss important books that combine academic issues with worship.
Honors Program students may pursue any of Johnson University’s undergraduate professional majors or minors. They also have the option of designing a customized pre-seminary or pre-graduate school minor(s) with a focus in History, Literature, or Religious Studies. Each minor requires a total of 18 credit hours, or six courses in any one of these areas of study. Students work with the HP coordinator, the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and faculty subject matter experts to design the minor and select appropriate courses.