1. What should I expect on Scholarship Day?
On scholarship day, each student participates in both an individual interview and a discussion–style seminar with fellow Honors Program applicants. This seminar is a time to express your opinions to the group in order for your interviewers to get an idea of how you think and how you interact with others. The individual interview is conducted by a mixed panel of 3–4 Honors Program representatives including professors and current Honors Scholars and is an opportunity for current members of the Honors Program to get to know you.
2. If I don't meet the listed criteria, can I still apply?
The Honors Program takes a holistic approach to the review and acceptance of applications. If your GPA or test scores are somewhat out of range but your leadership skills, community service hours, or intellectual talents are impressive, go ahead and apply. Decisions are strongly influenced by the listed criteria, but are not based solely on those statistics.
3. How is the Emory & Henry experience different for an Honors Scholar than for a traditional student?
The Honors Program affects each student’s experience at Emory & Henry differently, but there are many common experiences. Some of these are academic, such as Honors–level Core Curriculum courses and the requirement to complete Honors Contracts in a number of upper level courses, both of which are meant to enhance the student’s class experience (for more information, see question 5). Honors Scholars also complete a senior thesis within their major(s), allowing them to graduate with tangible evidence of their advanced research skills and knowledge in their field. While traditional students do have the option to contract courses and complete a thesis in their department, these experiences are not generally prioritized by these students, and they generally miss out on these opportunities. Socially, Honors Scholars have the ability to live in Honors housing with members of their cohort and other cohorts if they so choose, which helps to create an enriching, close–knit home environment for students who choose to take advantage of it. Honors Scholars also have the ability to use their Academic Stipend to enrich their Emory & Henry experience, helping them to enhance their studies through research, study abroad, internships, or other activities that may be more difficult to access for other students. Most importantly, Honors Scholars are always encouraged and held accountable by their peers and professors to do their best work and get the most out of their years at Emory & Henry that they possibly can.
4. Can Honors Scholars be involved in other activities on campus?
Honors Scholars take part in sports, music, student media, student clubs, the Outdoor Program, Greek life, student government, and service groups, among other things. Scholars are encouraged to participate in multiple groups or organizations, and many Scholars effectively juggle being involved in numerous ways at once.
5. What kind of extra work is there, and will I be able to handle it?
Honors Scholars are expected to complete a minimum of 30 approved Honors credit hours within their four years here. These hours include the required core Honors courses constituting 15 credit hours. On top of these 15 hours, students are able to fulfill the remaining 15 hours by Honors contracting courses of their choice in the 300/400 levels. These Honors hours are not intended to be overbearingly difficult, but to serve as modes by which students are able to reach their full potential within the courses. YES, you can handle it. The Honors Director as well as the individual instructors for each course work hard to make sure that Honors Scholars are benefiting from these Honors hours and not just loading on pointless work.
6. What kind of research projects do Honors students conduct?
Honors Scholars are involved in projects pertaining to all majors and fields of study. No student should ever feel that the Program focuses on specific subjects or paths of study, as all academic interests are supported and encouraged. Honors Scholars choose projects as diverse as creating publications to exploring local cultural trends to researching topics of scientific or medical interest. In the Program, all ideas presented in conjunction with a logical argument are considered valid and worthy of exploration. Faculty members are willing to work with students on projects of their choice and encourage students to follow their passions and, in many cases, present their research in a public setting.
If you have more questions, feel free to contact us.
The photograph above is provided by Jessica Myer, Class of 2018.