Unlike many honors programs, the University Honors Scholars Program
at ETSU offers a distinctive Honors Curriculum. University Honors
Scholars participate in four exclusive, interdisciplinary, yearlong
seminars designed to meet most of their general education requirements.
Other Honors courses, such as designated section for Calculus and
U.S. history, are highly interactive and taught by outstanding faculty
known for their quality of instruction and research in their respective
fields. As a University Honors Scholar, you will complete these curriculums
with your class, giving you greater opportunities for in-depth investigation,
discussion and development of your personal abilities and goals.
Honors Scholars also complete a Senior Honors Thesis in their major
area of study, a product of a yearlong research project with a faculty
Interdisciplinary Honors Seminars
Honors Quest for Meanings & Values is a freshman
seminar designed to help the honors scholar find his or her "voice." In
the union of English and Philosophy, scholars envision alternative
values to form a global outlook, examine their own perspectives,
and analyze how their perspectives might be viewed by those who do
not share their values.
Honors Great Ideas in Science is a sophomore seminar
that exposes scholars to the interrelationships among the sciences
and between science and culture. With a foundation in biological
sciences, philosophy and physics, scholars investigate major scientific
concepts and the ethical responsibilities associated with scientific
advances in order to understand what is and is not science.
Honors Artistic Experience a second sophomore seminar,
combines philosophy, studio and performing arts in an investigation
of the uniquely human expression of the search for beauty. Here,
scholars develop an understanding of the importance of aesthetics
to all elements of human culture.
Honors Appalachian & Comparative Cultures affords
juniors the opportunity to complete an in-depth study of the roles
of institutions in the unique Appalachian culture. The experience
combines history, literature, the arts, economics and politics, and
serves as a basis for investigations of the roles and development
of institutions and societies from a global perspective.
Advising & Enrollment
University Honors Scholars receive priority enrollment each semester,
and are advised by the Director of the Honors Program, in addition
to advisors in the students' major field and in pre-professional
Two publications allow scholars to express opinions and describe
their experiences. The newsletter, With Honors, keeps students,
their families, our alumni and donors informed about our Honors Programs.
Creative works are found in Alone We Are Together, a publication
designed and composed exclusively by Honors scholars.
Each year, university honors programs send sophomore scholars
to Washington, D.C. on their own investigative trip. In addition,
special field trips are a highlight of our Honors interdisciplinary
National, Regional & Local Honors Leadership
ETSU is a member of the National Collegiate, Southern Regional,
and Tennessee Honors councils. Scholars have opportunities to attend
and present at annual conferences and to assume leadership roles
on executive boards and committees. At ETSU, two advisory committees
assist the Director of Honors. The Honors Advisory Committee includes
honors students, faculty and administrators, who are responsible
for admissions, program evaluation, and policy changes. The Honors
Student Council, composed of elected representatives, is responsible
for various tasks, including the honors lecture forum, other special
events, and community service projects.
Senior Honors Thesis
Honors Scholars at ETSU complete an
Thesis. This senior capstone
experience gives each scholar the opportunity to gain comprehensive
knowledge of his or her field of interest and acquire skills
to promote continued study and advancement. Scholars work closely
with a faculty mentor, who guides the faculty readers and assists
the scholar in final preparations, including a public presentation.
Internships, both local and national, are available to scholars
in a variety of major fields. These are supervised by a professor
and provide opportunities to develop specialized skills seldom acquired
by an undergraduate.
Exchange Programs & Study Abroad
Honors Students are encouraged to participate in exchange
or study abroad programs. These programs offer scholars the chance to enrich
their studies and experiences by exposure to new ideas, different
cultures, and diverse curricula. Through the National Student Exchange,
you can study a semester at other universities around the U.S. with
support from your Honors scholarship. Summer and semester study abroad
programs are available at an additional cost in a variety of foreign
As an ETSU Honors Scholar, you will be encouraged to participate
in campus and community activities, including the Student Government
Association, Volunteer ETSU, and a variety of student groups in service-
or discipline-related areas.