Honors Program

Honors students

Mission Statement

The Honors Program at Jacksonville State University provides academically gifted students with an enriched educational experience in a diverse range of courses that foster independent, critical thinking and effective communication. The Honors Program helps students fulfill their potential in their chosen fields while preparing them to meet the challenges and responsibilities of becoming citizens with global perspectives.

About the Honors Program

The Honors Program is designed to engage students' intellectual curiosity and develop their skills to think and study independently, creating connections between students and their communities. The main component of the program is the offering of classes that focus on these educational aspects, helping students who are intellectually curious and self-motivated find ways to expand their ideas and perspectives on the world and their place in it. Students may wish only to take Honors classes, but applying to and becoming a member of the full program includes extra benefits. The small classes and other activities associated with the program, including special advisement, career planning, and service opportunities, help to create an interdisciplinary and interdependent community of scholars engaging one-on-one and as groups with each other and their professors, the university, and the wider community.

In addition, Honors Program members will receive special recognition at graduation.

Students must be members of the Honors Program to enroll in Honors classes.

The Southern Regional Honors Conference enables Honors students to present their research projects in front of students, professors, and Honors administrators from around the Southeast. This conference aids in promoting and advancing Honors Programs.

Apply to the Honors Program

A typical Honors student should present the following:

  • Writing skills at least adequate to the demand of society at large.
  • Evidence of involvement in extracurricular and academic organizations.

Honors Program Goals and Objectives

The Honors Board, dedicated to offering challenging and innovative academic opportunities, supervises the Honors Program and has established the following goals and objectives for the program:

  • To foster critical thinking and intellectual curiosity
  • To promote the open exchange of ideas
  • To value the strength that comes with inclusiveness
  • To encourage innovative and interdisciplinary classroom instruction
  • To embrace service and social responsibility
  • To prepare students to be leaders in their chosen fields

Honors Board

Dr. Lori J. Owens
Director of Honors Program, Chair
Senior Director of Undergraduate Studies and Special Programs

Dr. Benjie Blair
Professor of Biology

Mr. Andrew C. Green
Director of Continuing Education and Outreach

Dr. Rachel Park
Assistant Professor of Piano

Dr. Ellen Peck
Associate Professor of Drama

Ms. Janet Whitmore
Coordinator of Honors Program

Ms. Lisa Williams
Associate Vice Provost

Need Information? Contact Us!

Dr. Lori J. Owens
Honors Program Director

Ms. Janet Whitmore
Honors Program Coordinator

Ms. Amy Tomlinson
Honors Program Secretary


Email: honors@jsu.edu